Jess H. Ghannam, PhD

Jess H. Ghannam, PhD

Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry, UCSF; Chief, Medical Psychology, UCSF/Mount Zion Medical Center

Phone: (415) 921-8096 (voice)
Box 0858, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-0858

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Cancer Center Membership

Associate Member ยป Non-aligned

Research Summary

Dr. Jess Ghannam is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Global Health Sciences in the School of Medicine at UCSF. His research areas include evaluating the long-term health consequences of war on displaced communities and the psychological and psychiatric effects of armed conflict on children. Dr. Ghannam has developed community health clinics in the Middle East that focus on developing community-based treatment programs for families in crisis.

He is also a consultant with the Center for Constitutional Rights, Reprieve and other international NGO's that work with torture survivors. Locally he works to promote and enhance the health and wellness of refugee, displaced, and immigrant populations from the Middle East,North Africa and South Asia and has established a community-based Mental Health Treatment Programs to support these communities.

At UCSF Dr. Ghannam develops culturally competency training programs for staff, students and faculty working with patients from the Middle East. He serves on the Chancellor's Council of Campus Climate, Culture and Inclusion and is a member of the UCP, University and Community Partnerships Committee. He works with medical students and residents across disciplines to promote and enhance their clinical and research skills. Dr. Ghannam specializes in working with chronic illness, including chronic pain and cancer. He also works and does research in the area of Global Health and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Dr. Ghannam is also a Qualified Medical Examiner (QME) for the State of California.

He is past president of the Arab Cultural and Community Center and the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in San Francisco.

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University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, A.B., 1979, Psychology
University of California, Berkeley, CA, M.A., 1981, Psychology
University of California, Berkeley, CA, M.S., 1983, Medical Sciences
University of California, Berkeley, CA, Ph.D., 1984, Psychology, Clinical
Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, Post-Doc Fellow, 1985, Psychology

Professional Experience

  • 1985-1989
    Residential Scientist, Dept. of Psychiatry; University of California San Francisco
  • 1986-1991
    Dir. of Psychology Training, Crisis Clinic, Dept. of Psychiatry, Mount Zion Hospital and Medical Center
  • 1989, 1990
    Visiting Professor, Dept. of Psychology, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1991-1993
    Director of Psychology Training, Dept. of Psychiatry, Outpatient Services, California Pacific Medical Center
  • 1985-2003
    Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco
  • 1989-present
    Director of Training, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of California San Francisco/ Mount Zion Medical Center, San Francisco
  • 1993-present
    Director, Geriatric Mental Health Clinic and Training Program, UCSF Center on Aging
  • 1994-present
    Chief, Medical Psychology, UCSF/Mount Zion Medical Center
  • 2003-present
    Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco

Honors & Awards

  • 1975
    Phi Beta Kappa, University of Michigan
  • 1979
    Pillsbury Award for Outstanding Honors Thesis, University of Michigan
  • 1980
    Angell Scholar, University of Michigan
  • 1984
    Sigma XI Scientific Society
  • 1989
    Certificate of Appreciation, San Francisco Police Department, for outstanding contribution to community work with the Psychiatric Liaison Unit
  • 1990
    Certificate of Appreciation, Mount Zion Hospital and Medical Center/University of California San Francisco, for outstanding community service contribution

Selected Publications

  1. Subbaraman R, Nolan L, Shitole T, Sawant K, Shitole S, Sood K, Nanarkar M, Ghannam J, Betancourt TS, Bloom DE, Patil-Deshmukh A. The psychological toll of slum living in Mumbai, India: A mixed methods study. Soc Sci Med. 2014 Oct; 119:155-69.
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  2. Bailony MR, Hararah MK, Salhab AR, Ghannam I, Abdeen Z, Ghannam J. Cancer registration and healthcare access in West Bank, Palestine: a GIS analysis of childhood cancer, 1998-2007. Int J Cancer. 2011 Sep 1; 129(5):1180-9.
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  3. Elbedour S, Onwuegbuzie AJ, Ghannam J, Whitcome JA, Abu Hein F. Post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anxiety among Gaza Strip adolescents in the wake of the second Uprising (Intifada). Child Abuse Negl. 2007 Jul; 31(7):719-29.
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  4. Lipton R, Ghannam JH, Beinin J. Definitions of terrorism. JAMA. 2003 Nov 5; 290(17):2254; author reply 2254-5.
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  5. Shevrin H, Ghannam JH, Libet B. A neural correlate of consciousness related to repression. Conscious Cogn. 2002 Jun; 11(2):334-41; discussion 342-46.
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