Muhamad Aly Rifai
|Dr. Muhamad Aly Rifai
|Native name||الدكتور محمد علي الرفاعي|
|Nationality||United States of America|
|Occupation||Physician, CEO, Professor|
|Known for||Research on hepatitis C and psychiatric disorders|
|Sub discipline||Psychosomatic medicine|
Muhamad Aly Rifai (Arabic الدكتور محمد علي الرفاعي) is a Syrian American internist and psychiatrist and a clinician researcher known for describing the association between psychiatric disorders and hepatitis C. He co-authored a clinical report detailing the association between hepatitis C infection and psychiatric disorders. Rifai is the Director of the Older Adults Behavioral Health Unit at Easton Hospital in Easton, Pennsylvania. He is the President and CEO of Blue Mountain Psychiatry which has locations in Pennsylvania.
In May 2000, Rifai was awarded the American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education's Janssen Scholars Fellowship for research on severe mental illness. In 2006, he became the recipient of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine's William Webb Fellowship. As of 2007, he is a fellow of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. He is also a fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Psychiatric Association.
Training and career
He obtained his M.D. with honors from University of Aleppo Faculty of Medicine in 1996 and received a Neuroscience National Research Service Award funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Rifai completed a neuroscience research training fellowship at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, College of Medicine in Memphis (1996–1998). In 1998, he began training in the combined Internal Medicine and Psychiatry program at the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Carilion Health System Program (Carilion Clinic) in Roanoke and Salem, Virginia. He then completed fellowship training in psychosomatic medicine and psychiatric research at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland (2003–2005).
Rifai demonstrated the first evidence indicating a significant association between hepatitis C and psychiatric disorders (psychotic, affective, anxiety and substance use). The United States Department of Veterans Affairs commissioned a larger study to replicate these findings and confirmed the significant association between hepatitis C and psychiatric disorders. Rifai advocates for screening patients with psychiatric disorders for hepatitis C.
In the mid 2000s, Rifai was involved in several studies on interferon-alpha (IFN-α) induced depression in hepatitis C patients and possible use of Paroxetine and other antidepressants for its treatment. He and his colleagues only recommend the use of IFN-α to eradicate hepatitis C along with "a comprehensive pretreatment assessment, a risk-benefit analysis, and intensive ongoing medical and psychiatric follow-up."
Rifai has coauthored a study on the proper intervention of agitated patients with goal of deescalating situations without the use of restraints or involuntary medication. He sometimes serves as a consultant to media, clinical, and judicial entities on a variety of topics related to behavioural sciences. Speaking to The New York Times about diseases including hepatitis C, he posited that the shame associated with diagnosis was also a major negative factor in treatment.
- MacReady, Norra (2003-01-01). "Psychiatric disorders more likely in HCV patients. (Substance Abuse in 88%)". Clinical Psychiatry News. International Medical News Group. Archived from the original on 2017-01-31. Retrieved 2017-01-31.
- Yovtcheva, Sonia P.; Rifai, Muhamad Aly; Moles, James K.; Linden, Brian J. Van Der (2001). "Psychiatric Comorbidity Among Hepatitis C-Positive Patients". Psychosomatics. 42 (5): 411–415. doi:10.1176/appi.psy.42.5.411.
- Yovtcheva, Sonia P.; Rifai, Muhamad Aly; Moles, James K.; Van Der Linden, Brian J. (2005-04-01). "Psychiatric Comorbidity Among Hepatitis C–Positive Patients". FOCUS. 3 (2): 261–265. ISSN 1541-4094. doi:10.1176/foc.3.2.261.
- Campisi, Jamie. "Dr. Muhamad Aly Rifai and Caring for Older Adults on Take Charge of Your Life". Retrieved 2017-01-31.
- Parker, Chris (August 4, 2012). "Bullies in the workplace - Intimidation doesn't end with high school graduation | Times News Online". www.tnonline.com. Retrieved 2017-01-31.
- Aly Rifai, Muhamad. "About". Retrieved 2017-02-01.
- Regier, Darrel A. (2000-05-19). "Fifteen psychiatry residents have been selected to participate in a prestigious research fellowship". Psychiatric News. Archived from the original on 2017-01-30. Retrieved 2017-01-30.
- "Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine - Newsletter" (PDF). 2006. p. 5. Retrieved 2017-01-31.
- MacNeil, Jane Salodof (2007). "Polymorphism And Depression in HCV patients". Clinical Psychiatry News. 35 (1). doi:10.1016/s0270-6644(07)70025-5 (inactive 2017-01-31). Archived from the original on 2017-01-31. Retrieved 2017-01-31.
- "Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine" (PDF). 2007. Retrieved 2017-01-31.
- El–Serag, Hashem B.; Kunik, Mark; Richardson, Peter; Rabeneck, Linda (2002). "Psychiatric disorders among veterans with hepatitis C infection". Gastroenterology. 123 (2): 476–482. doi:10.1053/gast.2002.34750.
- Rifai, Muhamad Aly; Moles, James Kelly; Lehman, Lauren P.; Linden, Brian J. Van Der (2006). "Hepatitis C Screening and Treatment Outcomes in Patients With Substance Use/Dependence Disorders". Psychosomatics. 47 (2): 112–121. PMID 16508022. doi:10.1176/appi.psy.47.2.112.
- Rifai, Muhamad Aly; Bozorg, Bahman; Rosenstein, Donald L. (2004-12-01). "Interferon for Hepatitis C Patients With Psychiatric Disorders". American Journal of Psychiatry. 161 (12): 2331–2332. ISSN 0002-953X. doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.161.12.2331.
- Rifai, Muhamad Aly; Moles, James K.; Short, Delmar D. (2006-04-01). "Hepatitis C Treatment Eligibility and Outcomes Among Patients With Psychiatric Illness". Psychiatric Services. 57 (4): 570–572. ISSN 1075-2730. doi:10.1176/ps.2006.57.4.570.
- Rifai, Muhamad Aly; Indest, David; Loftis, Jennifer; Hauser, Peter (2006). "Psychiatric management of the hepatitis C patient". Current Treatment Options in Gastroenterology. 9 (6): 508–519. ISSN 1092-8472. doi:10.1007/s11938-006-0007-6.
- Rifai, Muhamad Aly; Rosenstein, Donald L. (2005-04-01). "Hepatitis C and Psychiatry". FOCUS. 3 (2): 194–202. ISSN 1541-4094. doi:10.1176/foc.3.2.194.
- Rifai, Muhamad Aly; Gleason, Ondria C.; Sabouni, Douha (2010-12-16). "Psychiatric Care of the Patient With Hepatitis C". The Primary Care Companion to The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 12 (6). ISSN 2155-7780. doi:10.4088/pcc.09r00877whi.
- Richmond, Janet; Berlin, Jon; Fishkind, Avrim; Holloman, Garland; Zeller, Scott; Wilson, Michael; Rifai, Muhamad Aly; Ng, Anthony (2012-01-01). "Verbal De-escalation of the Agitated Patient: Consensus Statement of the American Association for Emergency Psychiatry Project BETA De-escalation Workgroup". Western Journal of Emergency Medicine. 13 (1): 17–25. ISSN 1936-9018. PMC . PMID 22461917. doi:10.5811/westjem.2011.9.6864.
- Cook, Gretchen (2005-04-12). "In a Judgmental World, She Was Ashamed of Getting Sick". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Archived from the original on 2017-01-31. Retrieved 2017-01-31.