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Hesham Hamoda, MD, MPH

Hesham Hamoda MD
Department:
Psychiatry
Hospital Title:
Staff Psychiatrist Outpatient Service
Academic Title:
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Research Focus Area:
Early PsychosisAdvanced Brain Imaging TechniquesInternational Child Mental Health
Contact:
617-355-6680
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Research Overview

Dr. Hamoda's primary research interest has been in utilizing advanced neuromiaging techniques such as Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI),  Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy and Arterial Spin Labeling for the study of youngsters who are at early risk for schizophrenia spectrum and disorders and ADHD.  The need to understand, to learn and to apply imaging techniques to the study of these debilitating neuropsychiatric disorders in order to characterize and localize brain abnormalities, led to his pilot work in the Psychiatric Neuroimaging Laboratory and two current projects utilizing advanced imaging in the prodromal phase of schizophrenia as well as in ADHD.

Dr. Hamoda is also passionate about international child mental health and has provided consultation to the World Health Organization (WHO) to help map child, adolescent and maternal mental health initiatives in the Eastern Mediterranean Region and is currently developing a school mental health program for the region in collaboration with the WHO.

About Hesham Hamoda

Dr. Hamoda is a graduate of Kuwait University Faculty of Medicine after which he completed his Psychiatry training at the Harvard South Shore Program followed by a Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Boston Children’s Hospital/ Harvard Medical School. He also holds a master-degree in Public Health from the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in both General Psychiatry and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and is board certified in Public Health. Dr. Hamoda also serves as a Vice President of the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions (IACAPAP).  He has over 30 publications and poster presentations and his academic accomplishments have been recognized through awards from Boston Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School and several national and international organizations including the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, the American Psychiatric Association, the Group for Advancement of Psychiatry and the International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professions.

Publications

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  1. Gonzalez-Heydrich J, Bosquet Enlow M, D'Angelo E, Seidman LJ, Gumlak S, Kim A, Woodberry KA, Rober A, Tembulkar S, Graber K, O'Donnell K, Hamoda HM, Kimball K, Rotenberg A, Oberman LM, Pascual-Leone A, Keshavan MS, Duffy FH. Early auditory processing evoked potentials (N100) show a continuum of blunting from clinical high risk to psychosis in a pediatric sample. Schizophr Res. 2015 Dec; 169(1-3):340-5.
  2. Fitzsimmons J, Hamoda HM, Swisher T, Terry D, Rosenberger G, Seidman LJ, Goldstein J, Mesholam-Gately R, Petryshen T, Wojcik J, Kikinis R, Kubicki M. Diffusion tensor imaging study of the fornix in first episode schizophrenia and in healthy controls. Schizophr Res. 2014 Jul; 156(2-3):157-60.
  3. Kramer M, Dewan M, Fernandez A, Gogineni R, Goldberg J, Hamoda H, Saunders R, Sciolla A, Sperber J, Rao N. Medical Professionalism in the U.S.: Under Vigorous Challenge. The Open Psychiatry Journal. 2013; (7):9-16.
  4. Mezzacappa E, Hamoda HM, DeMaso DR. Promoting scholarship during child and adolescent psychiatry residency. Acad Psychiatry. 2012 Nov 1; 36(6):443-7.
  5. Gonzalez-Heydrich J, Hamoda HM, Luna L, Rao S, McClendon J, Rotella P, Waber D, Boyer K, Faraone SV, Whitney J, Guild D, Biederman J. Elevated rates of ADHD in mothers of children with comorbid ADHD and epilepsy. Neuropsychiatry (London). 2012 Oct 1; 2(5):385-391.
  6. Hamoda HM, Sacks D, Sciolla A, Dewan M, Fernandez A, Gogineni RR, Goldberg J, Kramer M, Saunders R, Sperber J, Rao NR. A roadmap for observership programs in psychiatry for international medical graduates. Acad Psychiatry. 2012 Jul 1; 36(4):300-6.
  7. Shenton ME, Hamoda HM, Schneiderman JS, Bouix S, Pasternak O, Rathi Y, Vu MA, Purohit MP, Helmer K, Koerte I, Lin AP, Westin CF, Kikinis R, Kubicki M, Stern RA, Zafonte R. A review of magnetic resonance imaging and diffusion tensor imaging findings in mild traumatic brain injury. Brain Imaging Behav. 2012 Jun; 6(2):137-92.
  8. Hamoda HM, Bauer MS, DeMaso DR, Sanders KM, Mezzacappa E. A competency-based model for research training during psychiatry residency. Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2011 Mar-Apr; 19(2):78-85.
  9. Shoirah H, Hamoda HM. Electroconvulsive therapy in children and adolescents. Expert Rev Neurother. 2011 Jan; 11(1):127-37.
  10. Hamoda HM, Belfer ML. Challenges in international collaboration in child and adolescent psychiatry. J Child Adolesc Ment Health. 2010 Dec; 22(2):83-9.
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  12. Hamoda HM, Guild DJ, Gumlak S, Travers BH, Gonzalez-Heydrich J. Association between attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and epilepsy in pediatric populations. Expert Rev Neurother. 2009 Dec; 9(12):1747-54.
  13. Zahid MA, Ohaeri JU, Elshazly AS, Basiouny MA, Hamoda HM, Varghese R. Correlates of quality of life in an Arab schizophrenia sample. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 2010 Sep; 45(9):875-87.
  14. Hamoda HM, Osser DN. The Psychopharmacology Algorithm Project at the Harvard South Shore Program: an update on psychotic depression. Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2008; 16(4):235-47.
  15. Alkhalaf M, Al-Bustan S, Hamoda H, Abdella N. Polymorphism of p53 gene codon 72 in Kuwaiti with coronary artery disease and diabetes. Int J Cardiol. 2007 Jan 31; 115(1):1-6.
  16. Badr HE, Hamoda HM. Stressors and coping strategies of medical students. Gender differences. Saudi Med J. 2005 May; 26(5):890-2.
  17. Hamoda HM, El-Tomi HN, Bahman QY. Variations in hospital waste quantities and generation rates. J Environ Sci Health A Tox Hazard Subst Environ Eng. 2005; 40(2):467-76.
  18. Gonzalez-Heydrich J, Enlow MB, D'Angelo E, Seidman LJ, Gumlak S, Kim A, Woodberry KA, Rober A, Tembulkar S, O'Donnell K, Hamoda HM, Kimball K, Rotenberg A, Oberman LM, Pascual-Leone A, Keshavan MS, Duffy FH. N100 Repetition Suppression Indexes Neuroplastic Defects in Clinical High Risk and Psychotic Youth. Neural Plast. 2016; 2016:4209831.
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