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Dr Ayman Guirguis

MBBCh, Msc, DCP, MRCPsych, PhD

Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Mood disorder and Fatigue in chronic physical illnesses

I joined Oxford Health NHS foundation Trust in February 2018 as a consultant liaison psychiatry based at Stoke Mandeville Hospital and National Spinal Injury Centre. Previously in Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, visiting research and under graduate tutor, University of Cambridge, department of psychiatry.

National recognition of my growing profile in liaison psychiatry is reflected in my recent election to the Royal College of Psychiatrists Liaison Psychiatry Faculty Executive Committee.

My research interest and PhD are in mood disorder and fatigue in chronic physical illness. I am very keen to establish and develop a research site in my department through participation in studies either taking place locally or multicentred studies ruining nationally within the specialty. I contribute to teaching and examination of medical students from University of Oxford.

I started my research career while in training. I completed clinical trial study, looking at diagnosis and treatment of depression and fatigue in chronic physical condition on haemodialysis. The project had a secured National Institute for Health Research “Research for Patient Benefit” grant (£300.000) for RCT pilot study of Drug Treatment for Depression in Patients undergoing Haemodialysis. [A Study of Sertraline in Dialysis (ASSERTID)]. From the data emerged, a new protocol was completed and submitted to the ethics committee on Progression of Depressive Symptoms in Haemodialysis patients on antidepressants and was part of my PhD thesis in addition to the ASSERTID study. I am Principal Investigator in a study Detecting Susceptibility Genes for Late-Onset Alzheimer’s disease. We are currently writing a grant for a multicentred clinical and psychological studies for patients with depression undergoing haemodialysis. I have presented my work locally, nationally and internationally. I have several publications in peer reviewed journals adding novel knowledge to the literature as well as my PhD thesis. My work has always been praised and I obtained several prizes at different disciplines.

I am experienced in research evaluation strategies, meta-analysis and literature reviews, writing research reports, communication and presentation skills, project planning and development, ethical and legal issues and team work.

I am confident in the assessment and management of a broad range of psychiatric disorders either functional or organic with multiple comorbidities. I enjoy working with patients and their carers, carrying out comprehensive assessments, which then enables me to optimise their medical treatment and care and avoid/reduce admission/placement as much as possible. My knowledge of pharmacological, physical and psychological treatments is good, and I enjoy the challenge of managing complex, behavioural challenges and treatment resistant cases. I ensure that my practice is based on the best evidence.