Zeina Chemali, MD, MPH
Dr. Chemali was born in Beirut, Lebanon and attended American University of Beirut/Lebanese University to complete her medical education (1983-1991). She is double boarded in Neurology and Psychiatry after an extensive training at Harvard hospitals in Boston, MA. Dr. Chemali co-founded the Center for Optimal Brain Function (COBF) at the BWH in 2003 and served as its Chief Medical Officer from 2003-2007. Currently, Dr. Chemali is the Director of Neuropsychiatry Clinics and Fellowship, Unit Chief at the McCance Center for Brain health at Massachusetts General Hospital and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology at Harvard Medical School. Her clinical interests and expertise revolve around the practice of neuropsychiatry/behavioral neurology and brain health with a special interest in Early Onset Dementia. Dr. Chemali has conducted fieldwork in under-privileged worldwide regions, particularly in East Africa, Uganda and Lebanon. She advanced brain health training to mid-level professionals in Ethiopia, established a dual neurology-psychiatry curriculum for the University of Hargeissa, ran capacity building programs in aging and Alzheimer’s disease in Lebanon, worked in the humanitarian field following the Syrian refugee crisis. She continue to mentor research students at Mbarara University in Uganda as well as Neurology and Psychiatry residents in Lebanon, Norway and Brazil. Under her mentorship, more than 40 scholars graduated in Neuropsychiatry-Behavioral Neurology-Neurosciences. Dr.Chemali is the recipient of multiple awards including Anne Klibanski visiting Scholar Award, Anne B. Young Diversity Scholar Award, Best Preventive Elderly Care in Third Millennium, Partners in Excellence in Clinical Care and BWPO Community Service Award for her work in promoting mental health, poverty and gender equity globally. Dr. Chemali is published extensively in the field of Neuropsychiatry as well as Global Health work and is constantly invited to present her work in prestigious colleges and conferences worldwide.