Ahmed Elkashef

Physician who specializes in psychiatry and addiction medicine.


Dr. Elkashef is a physician who specializes in psychiatry and addiction medicine. Following medical education at Cairo University medical school, he started his internship and residency training in psychiatry in 1986 at the University of South Carolina and the University of Maryland. He developed interest in neurosciences and neuropsychiatry which pushed him to apply for the neuropsychiatry fellowship at the National Institutes of Health in 1990. Following the fellowship training in 1992, he stayed on as a senior staff fellow at NIH. His research focus was on the neurobiology of mental illness particularly schizophrenia at the national institute on mental illness (NIMH).  In1997 he moved to the national institute on drug addiction (NIDA) where he was the chief of the clinical trials branch in the division for medications development for addictive disorders. Dr. ELKashef retired from the public health service in 2010, and is currently the director of research and clinical studies at the National Rehabilitation Center in Abu Dhabi.