Ziad Kronfol, MD
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Ziad Kronfol, M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry and Psychiatry Clerkship Director at Weill Cornell Medicine – Qatar. He previously was Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Psychoneuroimmunology Program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Dr. Kronfol is past Vice-President of the Asian Federation of Psychiatric Associations, Distinguished Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and member of the section on education in the World Psychiatric Association. He is Associate Editor of the Asian Journal of Psychiatry and editorial board member of several scientific journals, including Academic Psychiatry, Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology and Peer J.

Dr. Kronfol is internationally known for his pioneering work in the field of psychoneuroimmunology. He is among the first to report on immunological changes in patients with major depression. He later continued his exploration of neuro-endocrine-immune interactions in patients with affective disorders and patients with Cushing's syndrome. Subsequently, Dr. Kronfol and colleagues studied mood changes associated with the use of interferon treatment in patients with hepatitis C and changes in plasma levels of interleukin-6 in association with the stress of major cardiac surgery. Current research activities include the establishment in Qatar of the Arab Psychogenomic Repository for patients with bipolar affective disorders and a survey of college students' mental health in countries in the Middle East. Dr. Kronfol has published over 100 scientific articles and more than 150 abstracts in proceedings of scientific meetings. He is the author/editor of a book entitled "Cytokines and Mental Health" published by Kluwer. He has received funding from the National Institute of Health, the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders and the Qatar National Research Fund. He is featured on the ISI Web of Knowledge list of most cited researchers.