Thank you for your interest in our organization. Disaster Relief for Kids aims to provide support and care to those whose lives have been affected by a natural disaster. Our current interest is in the flood and earth quake devastated regions of Pakistan; however, we are interested in helping all areas in need. To donate please contact Dr. Ahmad at email@example.com. All donations are fully tax exempt under section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
Samoon Ahmad, MD- Founder and President
Samoon Ahmad, MD, is a
hospital-based inpatient psychiatrist and runs NY Innovative Consulting
Services, an established private practice where he specializes in the
psychopharmacological treatment of psychotic and mood disorders. A major area
of interest and research of Dr. Ahmadís is metabolic disorders and medical
comorbidities in the mentally ill: he is the principal investigator of an
inpatient study looking at the prevalence of metabolic abnormalities in the
chronically mentally ill, and his private practice also comprises a weight
management and wellness center focusing on obesity.
His interest in posttraumatic stress
disorder spawned his research of earthquake survivors in the northwest region
of Pakistan. He has combined his professional training in Psychiatry and his interest in Photography to shoot and direct a short film in the Earthquake region of Kashmir in Pakistan. Dr. Ahmad is not trained as a professional filmmaker, yet as a one-person team, he interviewed, videotaped and photographed the people of this region to document the impact of disaster on the individuals, families and community there. He brings a unique perspective to report the horrific circumstances and life stories of those impacted by one of the worst disasters known to this region. This work over the past five years has provided material for his
lectures and film on post-disaster traumatic experiences and resilience
factors. He explored the role of religion and psychiatry through this
award-winning movie The Wrath of God: A Faith-Based Survival Paradigm, which won the International Society for Traumatic
Stress Studiesí Frank Ochberg Award, and has been shown both nationally and
internationally at various medical and media forums. Dr. Ahmadís second movie, The War on Terror: Pakistan, Now or Never, currently in production, is a geopolitical story
about the turmoil and terrorism in South Asia.
A contributor to various
textbooks in the area of biological psychiatry, Dr. Ahmad is acontributing author to Kaplan
Textbook of Psychiatry; consulting
editor to Kaplan and SadockísConcise
Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry; and
contributing editor to Kaplan and SadockísPocket Handbook of Clinical Psychiatry and Kaplan and SadockísConcise Textbook of Child Psychiatry (First Edition). He is also a contributing author to
Clinical Addiction Psychiatry byDavid Brizer and Ricardo Castaneda.
Dr. Ahmad earned his medical
degree from Allama Iqbal Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan, where he trained
in Internal Medicine, General Surgery, and Cardiology. He completed a residency
in Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital, serving
as Chief Resident in his final year.
He is a member of the American Medical Association,
the Royal College of Psychiatrists (UK), the International Society for
Traumatic Stress Studies, and the Bellevue Psychiatric Society. He is a Fellow
of the American Psychiatric Association. He is certified by the American Board
of Psychiatry and Neurology and holds licenses in both New York and