Ahmed Okasha

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Professor Ahmed Okasha

Ahmed Okasha M.D., PhD, FRCP, FRCPsych, FACP(Hon.) is an Egyptian psychiatrist. He is a professor of psychiatry at Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine, Cairo, Egypt. He wrote books and articles about psychiatry and mental disorders. He is the first Arab-Muslim to be president of World Psychiatric Association from 2002 to 2005.[1] He is married and have two sons: Tarek Okasha and Hisham Okasha.


Founder and Honorary Chairman Institute of Psychiatry.[1]


MB BCh from Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine, Cairo , Egypt
MSc from Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine
M.D., Ph.D. in Psychiatry from Ain Shams University Faculty of Medicine
FRCP(Edin.), FRCPsych(lond.), FACP(HON)

Scientific and clinical career[edit]

Founder and Honorary Chairman Institute of Psychiatry, Ain Shams University.
Professor and Director of WHO Collaborating Center for Training and Research in Mental Health, Institute of Psychiatry – Ain Shams University, Cairo.
Member Expert Advisory Panel in Mental Health – WHO – Geneva.
President Egyptian Psychiatric Association.
President Arab Federation of Psychiatrists.
Honorary President World Psychiatric Association.
Council member World Psychiatric Association.
President of the Egyptian Society of Biological Psychiatry, of WFSBP.
Chairman of the Review and Ethics Committee of World Psychiatric Association (2011-2014).
Honorary Fellowship of the American College of Psychiatrists (2002).
Fellow of Royal College of Psychiatrists (London, 1973).
Fellow of Royal College of Physicians (Edinburgh, 1973).
Honorary Fellow of World Psychiatric Association (2005).
International Distinguished Fellow of APA.
Presidential Commendation of APA (2006).


  • Editor and contributor of 47 books in the field of psychiatry and psychology in both the Arabic and English languages (see books at Okasha books.[2] He was one of the founders of the Ain Shams Institute of Psychiatry.[3]

Prizes & awards[4][edit]

  • The Merit Medal of Scinence and Art (first class), 2013.[5]
  • Member of the Egyptian Presidential Council of Scientist (Mental health and community harmony).[6]

The WPA Okasha award for developing countries[edit]

The Award includes a diploma, a medal and a donation of US$15,000, given to the two winners since 2005. The Okasha Award recognizes the contribution of two young psychiatrists or neuroscientists, below the age of 40, whose research efforts have best served psychiatry and mental health in a developing country.[7]

Okasha Institute of Psychiatry[edit]

The Ain Shams Institute of Psychiatry was named after Prof Okasha in January 2011.


External links[edit]

Media related to Ahmed Okasha at Wikimedia Commons