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Zeina N. El-Chemali, MD, MPH

  • Director, Neuropsychiatry Clinics and Training, Departments of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School


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Clinical Interests
  • Neuropsychiatry (Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Rheum/ID)
  • Early onset dementia
  • Geriatric medicine
  • Multi-disciplinary teaching for clinical neurosciences
  • Patient and family centered care
  • Palliative care in neuropsychiatric diseases
Medical Education
  • MPH, Harvard School of Public Health
  • MD, Lebanese University
  • Residency, Harvard Longwood Neurology Program|Residency, Harvard South Shore Psychiatry Residency Training
  • Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Neurology
  • Psychiatry
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Patient Gateway
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Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Centene/Celticare
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Behavioral Health
  • United Behavioral Health - MGH
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Research & Publications

Research Summary
Research Interests:

1. Global Delivery of Neuropsychiatry Services
2. Systems Issues in Aging
3. Systems Issues in Early Onset Dementia
4. Needs Assessment/Cost-Effective Care in low mid-level income countries
5. Gender equity in Medical Care
6. Neuropsychiatry Education
7. Peace in Medicine

View my most recent publications at PubMed

  1. Bazzi L, Borba C, Carney J, Chemali Z. Capacity Building in Alzheimer's disease: Lessons learned from a pilot study in 6 distinct areas in Lebanon. Science Domain- Journal Scientific Research and Reports. 2014; 3(1):185-203.
  2. Chemali ZN, Borba CP, Henderson TE, Tesfaye M. Making strides in women's mental health care delivery in rural Ethiopia: demographics of a female outpatient psychiatric cohort at Jimma University Specialized Hospital (2006-2008). Int J Womens Health. 2013; 5:413-9.
  3. Fremonta Meyer and Zeina Chemali. On education: Teaching the Neurology-Psychiatry interface using a flexible quadrant model US. Clinical Neuropsychiatry. 2013; Epub 1-3.
  4. Collier S, Henderson T, Tesfaye M, Abafita J, Tarbi E, Pietras A, Chemali Z. International Journal of Culture and Mental Health. Microfinance and Women's Health: An Evaluation of Women's Health Behaviors in Jimma, Ethiopia. 2012.
  5. Chemali Z, Schamber S, Tarbi E, Acar D, Avila-Urizar M. Diagnosing early onset dementia and then what? A frustrating system of aftercare resources. Int J Gen Med. 2012; 5:81-6.
  6. La Salvia E, Chemali Z. A perspective on psychosis in late life and deficits in social cognition. Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2011 Jul-Aug; 19(4):190-7.
  7. Searl MM, Borgi L, Chemali Z. It is time to talk about people: a human-centered healthcare system. Health Res Policy Syst. 2010; 8:35.
  8. Chahine LM, Chemali ZN. Update on mental health care in Lebanon. East Mediterr Health J. 2010 Jul; 16(7):807.
  9. Chahine LM, Acar D, Chemali Z. The elderly safety imperative and antipsychotic usage. Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2010 Jun; 18(3):158-72.

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Boston MA, 02114-3117
Phone: 617-724-5600

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