With Dr. Ahmad's passion and experience, he founded Disaster Relief for Kids, a non-profit organization that helps children in disaster stricken areas around the world. DRFK strives to provide goods and services needed for the survival and basic sustenance of children in such areas.
Samoon Ahmad, MD, is a hospital-based inpatient psychiatrist and runs NY Innovative Consulting Services, an established private practice where he specializes in the psychopharmacological, the treatment of psychotic and mood disorders. Dr. Ahmad earned his medical degree from Allama Iqbal Medical College in Lahore, Pakistan, where he trained in Internal Medicine, General Surgery, and Cardiology. He completed a residency in Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center/Bellevue Hospital, serving as Chief Resident in his final year.
A major area of interest and research of Dr. Ahmad’s is metabolic disorders and medical comorbidities in the mentally ill: he is the principal investigator of an inpatient study looking at the prevalence of metabolic abnormalities in the chronically mentally ill, and his private practice also comprises a weight management and wellness center focusing on obesity.
His interest in posttraumatic stress disorder spawned his research of earthquake survivors in the northwest region of Pakistan. He has combined his professional training in Psychiatry and his interest in Photography to shoot and direct a short film in the Earthquake region of Kashmir in Pakistan.
Dr. Ahmad interviewed, videotaped and photographed the people of this region to document the impact of disaster on the individuals, families and community in the northwest region of Pakistan. His unique perspective bring to light the horrific circumstances and life stories of those impacted by one of the worst disasters known to this region. This work over the past years has provided material for his lectures and film on post-disaster traumatic experiences and resilience factors. He explored the role of religion and psychiatry through this award-winning movie The Wrath of God: A Faith-Based Survival Paradigm, which won the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies’ Frank Ochberg Award, and has been shown both nationally and internationally at various medical and media forums. Additionally, Dr. Ahmad’s second movie, The War on Terror: Pakistan, Now or Never, is a geopolitical story about the turmoil and terrorism in South Asia.