Dr Harith Ghassany

10 11 2009

HARITH GHASSANY

E-mail: hghassany@gmail.com

Mobile phone (202) 378 6682

310 Long Trail Terrace, Rockville, Maryland, United States of America, 20850

EDUCATION

Harvard University – Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Doctor of Philosophy in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies, 1995.

Harvard University – Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
Master of Arts in Anthropology and Middle Eastern Studies, 1991.

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.
Master of Arts in Modern Near Eastern and North African Studies, 1988.

The American University in Cairo, EGYPT.
Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Middle Eastern Studies, 1985.

WORK EXPERIENCE

1995-2008: Department of Behavioral Medicine (Behavioral Sciences & Psychiatry) College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Sultan Qaboos University.

January 1 to December 31, 2009: Visiting Scholar at Georgetown University Law Center, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.

TEACHING

Assistant Professor in Behavioral Sciences (Social Sciences and Humanities)

Course coordinator and instructor for “Topics in Health and Healing”.

Teaches modules in “Brain, Behavior, and Behavioral Problems in the Community” and “The Basics of Human Psychology”.

Involved in reviewing traditional teaching methods and in the introduction of student-centered active learning in the Department of Behavioral Medicine.

Teaches 5th year clinical medical students during the Psychiatry Rotation on the importance and applications of the over-looked perspectives of patients in enhancing clinical consultation and therapeutic outcome in the context of Arab-Islamic cultures.

Regular presenter and resource person to School for International Training (SIT) Study Abroad (undergraduate field study around the world) students from the USA to the Sultanate of Oman.

COLLEGE ACADEMIC ACTIVITIES

Founding member of the Social Medicine Forum at Sultan Qaboos University which aims at shifting the medical focus away from “body-centered” to “person/society centered” medicine, 1999.

Coordinator of the annual Inter-disciplinary Activity Week on “Medicine, Ethics and Society” for 6th year medical students. The program benefits tremendously from the participation of Dr. Muhammed Al-Bar who is one of the worlds’ leading scholar in Islamic Medical Ethics.

Academic advisor to a prescribed number of medical students.
PROFESSIONAL COMMITTEES

Member of the Selection Committee for Oman Medical Specialty Board (OMSB) for Psychiatry, 2008.

Entrusted by the College Board of the College of Medicine and Health Sciences to chair a Task Force and produce a proposal that will look into the possibility of starting a Unit, Center or course in Medical Ethics. December, 2006.

Member of the Oman Medical Specialty Board scientific committee for Psychiatry, 2007.

Invited to participate in the Peer Review Process for the Undergraduate Research Experience Program (UREP) which was launched by the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), November, 2006.

Member and representative of the Department of Behavioral Medicine to the Basic Health Sciences Committee.

Member of the Faculty-Student Liaison Committee.

Member of the Sultan Qaboos University Animal Ethics Research Committee.

Member of the College of Medicine Postmortem Task Force.

Member and Reporteur for Teaching and Learning Committee, Sultan Qaboos University. Visited three centres of excellence in teaching and learning, two Quality Assurance Agencies, and an Accreditation Institute in the United Kingdom, 1999.

In addition to being a member and reporteur of the Teaching and Learning Committee I was involved in writing and submitting a “Proposal For A Centre of Teaching and Learning” to the Academic Council, Sultan Qaboos University. May 1999.

CHAPTER REVIEWS

Provided feedback to ensure accuracy of the artist’s illustrations, proper depictions of dress, architecture, and prayer position, to “The Pious Cat”, an Omani folktale from a picture book collection of cat stories from Asian India, Scotland, Tibet, Burma, the Congo, Aesop and Chippewa, in Meow: Cat Stories from Around the World to be published by HarperCollins Children’s Books, 2003.

Reviewed with Professor Ala’Aldin Al-Hussaini, a book chapter ‘Historical Relationship Between the Major Religions and Psychiatry’ for Professor J. David Kinzie of Oregon Health Sciences University, 1997.

CONSULTANCY REPORTS

Ghassany, H. (2008) The Need for Evidence in Health Policy-Making, Principal Investigator for the Sultanate of Oman (other country teams are Argentina, Egypt, Iran, Malawi and Singapore) in an International Collaborative Project sponsored by WHO/EMRO, Johns Hopkins University and Global Forum for Health Research, Geneva.

Ghassany H. (1999). Social Impact Assessment Report of the Sohar Industrial Area Master Plan for Brown & Root Mid-East LLC which looked at the potential impact of 20,000 construction workers and 6,000 production work force on the physical and social infrastructure of Sohar. The report reviewed the advantages of integrated human settlements and the associated economic spin-offs of the industrial complex. Policy implications and recommendations were put forward in the study and a likely profile of economic development and creation of employment in and around the SIA industrial complex was presented in the report. The Sohar Port will be the third largest port in the world.

Ghassany H. (1997). Social Assessment Impact Report on Recharge Dams for the Musandam Peninsula which guards the Strait of Hormuz, where more than 70% of Western energy supplies pass through, as part of “Semi-detailed studies of recharge dams and other hydraulic structures in Musandam Region” for Travers Morgan (Oman) Limited. Health implications of cisterns and types of reported water borne diseases were also covered.

PROJECTS

Asked by the Dean of the College of Medicine & Health Sciences at Sultan Qaboos University to present the UNESCO proposal for Bioethics Chair to the College Board and the Academic Council. April 2008.

Principal Investigator for Oman in an international (Argentina, Egypt, Iran, Malawi and Singapore) collaborative research project sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO), Johns Hopkins University, and Global Health Forum, on “Exploring demand for health research by national policy-makers: an empirical approach.”

Invited by the Ethics Teaching Consultation Meeting as an Ethics Expert to deliberate on the Ethics Education Program for the Undergraduate Medical Curriculum for UNESCO member states – 4 and 5 July 2007 in UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France, and plan to integrate the UNESCO program into the undergraduate medical curriculum at Sultan Qaboos University.

CONFERENCES & WORKSHOPS ATTENDED

Engaging Africa/Advancing African Studies, University of Michigan Studies Center Launch Symposium, March 12-14, 2009.

International Symposium on 800th Anniversay of the Birth of Rumi, 8-12 May 2007, Istanbul and Konya.

Regional Ethics Teaching Experts Meeting. Gave a presentation on ‘Teaching Medical Ethics at Sultan Qaboos University.’ Organized by UNESCO. November, 2006, Muscat, Oman.

Exploring demand for health research by national policy-makers: an empirical approach, September 2006, Cairo, Egypt.

The Global Worlds of the Swahili: Intercultural dialogue on the Indian Ocean, 2003, Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Summit of World Muslim Leaders: Islam and a Future World of Peace, 2001, Jakarta, Indonesia.

Delivered a paper on “Discovering versus Covering: A New “PBL” in Behavioral Sciences” to the “2nd Asia-Pacific Conference on Problem-Based Learning: Innovative Problem-Based Learning Across Disciplines” December 2000, Singapore.

“Mutualities: Britain and Islam”, which dealt with ways of creating economic and social bridges between British Muslims and Muslim government and NGO representatives from Commonwealth countries, and on Muslim identity in Britain and Europe, London, 1999.

“Challenges of the Next Millennium: Education and Development of Human Resources” which was held in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, May 1998.

“Contribution of Social Anthropology to the Education and Training of Psychiatrists” at Keele University, UK, 1996.

“Medical Anthropology and Alternative Systems of Healing” New Delhi, India, 1995.

PUBLICATIONS

Ghassany H, (2002). The Calls of Kairos and Islam. Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations, 13, 303-313.

Al-Adawi S, Atsu S.S. Dorvlo, Suad S. Al-Ismaily, Dalal A. Al-Ghafry, Balquis Z. Al-Noobi, Ahmed Al-Salmi, David T. Burke, Mrugeshkumar K. Shah, Harith Ghassany & Suma Chand (2002), Perception of and attitude towards mental illness in Oman, International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 48, 305-317.

Martin R, Ghassany H, Al-Adawi, S (2001). Psychiatric treatment in Oman. Oman Medical Journal, 18, 4-6.

Al-Adawi S, Salmi A, Martin RG & Ghassani H (2001). Zar: group distress and healing. Mental Health, Religion and Culture, 4, 47-61.

Ghassany H, Al-Hussaini A (2000). Discovering versus Covering in Behavioural Sciences. PBL: Educational Innovation Across Disciplines. Submitted to the 2nd Asia-Pacific Conference on Problem-Based Learning, Singapore.

Al-Adawi S, Ghassany H, et al (1999). Sub-Clinical Eating Disorders: Preliminary Study of Students in Muscat, Oman Medical Journal, 14, 28-29.

COMMUNICATION & CROSS-CULTURAL SKILLS

Trilingual in Kiswahili, English, and Arabic.

HOBBIES

Aikido, farming, reading.


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