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Biography

Nassir Ghaemi MD MPH is a psychiatrist and researcher specializing in depression and bipolar illness. He is the author of A First-Rate Madness, among other books.

He is Professor of Psychiatry at Tufts Medical Center in Boston and also Lecturer on Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Since October 2017, he also has been employed at Novartis Institutes of Biomedical Research in Cambridge MA, where he leads clinical psychiatry research on discovery and early development of new drugs (Director, Translational Medicine-Neuroscience).

In the past, he trained and worked mostly in the Boston area, mainly in Harvard-affiliated hospitals (McLean Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Cambridge Hospital). He has also worked at George Washington University, and Emory University. His medical degree is from the Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University.

His clinical work and research has focused on depression and manic-depressive illness. In this work, he has published over 200 scientific articles, over 50 scientific book chapters, and he has written or edited over half a dozen books. He is an Associate Editor of Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

After his medical training, he obtained an MA in philosophy from Tufts University in 2001, and a MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health in 2004.

Born in Tehran, Iran, he immigrated to the US at the age of 5 with his family and was raised in McLean, Virginia.

All views expressed on this website and in any of his works are his alone, and do not reflect those of his employers.