Dr Joseph El-Khoury

MD MSc PGCert. (EBPT), FRCPsych
Consultant Adult and Substance Misuse Psychiatrist

Dr El Khoury is a consultant Adult and Substance Misuse Psychiatry with over 10 years of psychiatric practice in the National Health Service and the private sector.

After qualifying as a medical doctor in 2002 Dr El-Khoury trained in London and Oxford, obtaining Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists (MRCPsych) in 2006. He has held certification in Adult and Substance Misuse Psychiatry since 2010 (CCT) in addition to a Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from the University of Reading. He holds a Masters (MSc) in War and Psychiatry from King’s College London with an emphasis on psychotrauma and violence in the Middle East. He was elected Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrist in 2019 for his contribution to the field of mental health.

Dr El-Khoury was appointed as a consultant in the National Health Service in 2010. He currently holds an academic position as Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the American University of Beirut (AUB). He is the founding director of the Psychosis Recovery Outreach Program (PROP) at AUBMC, the first community program for severe mental disorders in Lebanon. Since 2017 Dr El-Khoury also directs the residency training program at AUBMC, one of the first ACGME-I (US) accredited programs in the Middle East. He has served as executive committee member of the Lebanese Psychiatric Society since 2013 and is the current president elect.

Dr El-Khoury has a number of academic publications on topics ranging from addiction, psychosis and conflict medicine. He acts as the Scholar for the Arab region for the Global Mental Health Program at Columbia University.

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Dr El-Khoury splits his time between the UK and Lebanon conducting sessions both face to face and online. He is a keen believer in the interaction between the psychosocial aspects and the biological basis of psychiatric conditions. He applies it in his clinical practice and in collaboration with health professionals such as psychologists and psychotherapists.

Dr El-Khoury has extensive expertise in treating all adult psychiatric conditions, which include

  • Anxiety and mood disorders
  • Psychotic illnesses
  • Substance Misuse
  • Adult ADHD
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Addictions
  • Eating Disorders
  • Trauma-Related Disorders

He also has significant experience as a medico-legal expert.

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