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Waguih W. Ishak, MD

Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences

Vice Chair, Education and Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences

Waguih W. Ishak, MD

Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Behavioral Neurosciences

Vice Chair, Education and Research in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences

  • Psychiatry

Waguih W. IsHak, MD, has nearly 30 years of experience in psychiatry, psychotherapy, and psychopharmacology, with specific training and expertise in outcome measurement in psychiatric disorders particularly depressive symptom severity, functioning, and quality of life. He is researching innovative ways to measure and improve the detection and treatment of depression in people seeking medical care, as a way to restore/maintain health in the population at large in order to remove behavioral barriers to wellness. IsHak has lectured and published on quality of life as a critical outcome measure of healthcare interventions, mood disorders especially depression, sexual medicine, outcome measurement in psychiatry, and computer applications in psychiatry. He was also the author and designer of Health Education Programs for the Public, including the Online Depression Screening Test (ODST), Online Screening for Anxiety (OSA) and Online Screening Tests for Sexual Disorders. He has edited and authored three books: the Guidebook of Sexual Medicine (A&W Publishing, 2008), Outcome Measurement in Psychiatry: A Critical Review (APPI, 2002) and On Call Psychiatry (WB Saunders, 2001). He is the editor of the upcoming Textbook of Clinical Sexual Medicine (Springer, 2017). His articles have appeared in many prestigious journals, such as JAMA Psychiatry, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, Harvard Review of Psychiatry, Journal of Affective Disorders, Journal of Sexual Medicine, Journal of Graduate Medical Education, and Quality of Life Research. IsHak served as a Chief Proctor and Examiner for the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.

  • Medical School: Cairo University, 1987
  • Internship: New York University Medical Center, 1993
  • Residency: New York University Medical Center, 1994
  • Fellowship: New York University Medical Center, 1998
  • Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, 2012
  • Nancy Roeske Award for Excellence in Medical Student Education, American Psychiatric Association, 2012
  • Elected to the Gold Humanism Honor Society, 2012
  • Excellence in Education Award, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, 2011
  • Golden Apple Teaching Award, Cedars-Sinai Department of Psychiatry, 2002, 2010
  • Outstanding Medical Student Teaching Award, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Science at UCLA, 2007

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Click here for a list of peer-reviewed publications.

  • IsHak WW, Mirocha J, James D, Tobia G, Vilhauer J, Fakhry H, Pi S, Hanson E, Nashawati R, Peselow ED, Cohen RM. Quality of life in major depressive disorderbefore/after multiple steps of treatment and one-year follow-up. Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2015 Jan;131(1):51-60.
  • IsHak WW, Mirocha J, Christensen S, Wu F, Kwock R, Behjat J, Pi S, Akopyan A, Peselow ED, Cohen RM, Elashoff D. Patient-reported outcomes of quality of life, functioning, and depressive symptom severity in major depressive disorder comorbid with panic disorder before and after SSRI treatment in the star*d trial. Depress Anxiety. 2014 Aug;31(8):707-716.
  • IsHak WW, Greenberg JM, Cohen RM. Predicting relapse in major depressive disorder using patient-reported outcomes of depressive symptom severity, functioning, and quality of life in the Individual Burden of Illness Index for Depression (IBI-D). J Affect Disord. 2013 Oct;151(1):59-65.
  • Cohen RM, Greenberg JM, IsHak WW. Incorporating multidimensional patient-reported outcomes of symptom severity, functioning, and quality of life in the Individual Burden of Illness Index for Depression to measure treatment impact and recovery in MDD. JAMA Psychiatry. 2013 Mar;70(3):343-350.
  • IsHak WW, Greenberg JM, Balayan K, Kapitanski N, Jeffrey J, Fathy H, FakhryH, Rapaport MH. Quality of life: the ultimate outcome measure of interventions in major depressive disorder. Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2011 Sep-Oct;19(5):229-239.
  • IsHak WW, Kahloon M, Fakhry H. Oxytocin role in enhancing well-being: a literature review. J Affect Disord. 2011 Apr;130(1-2):1-9.

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