Zargham Abbas, MD

Zargham Abbas

Undergraduate School
Brock University

Medical School
Spartan Health Sciences University



Interests and Career Goals

Consultation-liaison psychiatry, global mental health, neurodevelopmental disorders, anxiety disorders

Favorite Pastimes

Spending time with my family, trying out different foods, exercising

Strengths of the Program

Duke has variety of specialty clinics, including a strong consultation-liaison service, which align with my interests. And, the faculty's dedication towards their fellows' learning is palpable.


  • El Halabi, S., Abbas, Z., Adesokun, F., Adiukwu, F., Ashrafi, A., de Filippis, R., Handuleh, J., Jaguga, F., Karaliuniene, R., Kilic, O., Nagendrappa, S., Ojeahere, M., Ogunnubi, O. P., Őri, D., Orsolini, L., Pereira-Sanchez, V., Pinto da Costa, M., Ransing, R., Shoib, S., Ullah, I., … Ramalho, R. (2021). How to overcome barriers to publication in low- and middle-income countries: Recommendations from early career psychiatrists and researchers from around the world. AsiaPacific psychiatry : official journal of the Pacific Rim College of Psychiatrists, 13(4), e12495. ppy.12495
  • Bellman, V., Abbass, Z., Sohail, R., & Jafri, S. (2021). Suicidality and SelfHarming Behaviors in Patients with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS): Case Report and Literature Review. Case reports in psychiatry, 2021, 2527261. 021/2527261
  • Ullah, I., Jaguga, F., Ransing, R., Pereira-Sanchez, V., Orsolini, L., Ori, D., de Filippis, R., Pakpour, A. H., Adiukwu, F., Kilic, O., Hayatudeen, N., Shoib, S., Ojeahere, M. I., Nagendrappa, S., Handuleh, J., Dashi, E., Musami, U. B., Vahdani, B., Ashrafi, A., Jatchavala, C., Abbass, Z., … Ramalho, R. (2021) F D i (2021). Fear During COVID-19 pandemic: Fear of COVID-19 Scale Measurement Properties. International journal of mental health and addiction, 1–10. Advance online publication. 11469-021-00528-9
  • Adiukwu, F., de Filippis, R., Orsolini, L., Gashi Bytyçi, D., Shoib, S., Ransing, R., Slaih, M., Jaguga, F., Handuleh, J., Ojeahere, M. I., Ullah, I., Karaliuniene, R., Nagendrappa, S., Vahdani, B., Ashrafi, A., Ori, D., Noël, C., Abbass, Z., Jatchavala, C., Pinto da Costa, M., … Shalbafan, M. (2022). Scaling Up Global Mental Health Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Beyond. Psychiatric services (Washington, D.C.), 73(2), 231–234.
  • Shahid, A., Malik, N. I., Shahid, F., Ullah, I., & Abbass, Z. (2021). Psychosocial predictors of mental health among pregnant women. Perspectives in psychiatric care, 10.1111/ppc.12900. Advance online publication. pc.12900
  • Smirnova, D., Abbass, Z., ....., PereriaSanchez, V. (2021, April 01). Global Covid-19 Vaccination Rollout: Perspective From EarlyCareer Psychiatrists. Global Mental Health & Psychiatry Review.
  • Nagendrappa, S., de Filippis, R., Ramalho, R., Ransing, R., Orsolini, L., Ullah, I., Karaliuniene, R., Shoib, S., Abbass, Z., Hayatudeen, N., Jatchavala, C., Pinto da Costa, M., & PereiraSanchez, V. (2021). Challenges and Opportunities of Psychiatric Training During COVID-19: Early Career Psychiatrists' Perspective Across the World. Academic psychiatry : the journal of the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training and the Association for Academic Psychiatry, 45(5), 656– 657 657. 40596-021-01482-3 
  • Ojeahere, M. I., de Filippis, R., Ransing, R., Karaliuniene, R., Ullah, I., Bytyçi, D. G., Abbass, Z., Kilic, O., Nahidi, M., Hayatudeen, N., Nagendrappa, S., Shoib, S., Jatchavala, C., Larnaout, A., Maiti, T., Ogunnubi, O. P., El Hayek, S., Bizri, M., Schuh Teixeira, A. L., Pereira-Sanchez, V., … Pinto da Costa, M. (2020). Management of psychiatric conditions and delirium during the COVID-19 pandemic across continents: lessons learned and recommendations. Brain, behavior, & immunity - health, 9, 100147. bbih.2020.100147
  • Abbass, Z. & Anand, S. . (2018, Apr). Movies in Mind: ‘We need to talk about Kevin’—Is an antisocial personality disorder ‘born’ or ‘made’?. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry, 52(6), 606- 607. Cited in PubMed; PMID: 0004867418771188.
  • Virji, A., Minces, L. R., & Abbass, Z. (2015). Enterococcus faecalis Septicemia and Vertebral Osteomyelitis after Transrectal Ultrasound Guided Biopsy of the Prostate. Case reports in infectious diseases, 2015, 159387. 015/159387

Poster Presentations

  • Abbass, Z. & Hellings, J. (2021). Low dose amitriptyline for repetitive behaviors and OCD in Autism Spectrum Disorder: Three illustrative cases. International Society for Autism Research (INSAR) annual conference 
  • Abbass, Z., Sibtain, S., Gill, A., & Jafri, S. (2021). Diagnostic approach for a capacity assessment of a psychiatric patient: A Case Challenge. American Psychiatric Association annual conference 
  • Abbass, Z., Shah, N., & Bond, M. (2021). Clozapine-induced diabetic ketoacidosis: A Case Report. American Psychiatric Association annual conference 
  • Abbass, Z., Sibtain, S., & Jafri, S. (2021). Pedophilic traits in an adolescent- A case report. American Psychiatric Association annual conference
  • Bhatt, A., Patel, R., & Abbass, Z. (2021). PCP Abuse Trends in the USA: A Retrospective Analysis using Big Data. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry annual conference 
  • Koirala, P., Abbass, Z., Wagle, B., & Gratton, S. (2021). A case report of downbeat nystagmus in a patient taking lamotrigine. American Academy of Neurology annual conference 
  • Bhatt, A., Abbass, Z., Beyer, L., Morris, K. (2020). Suicide and homicides by firearms in young Missouri residents, and changes in Missouri Firearm Policy from 1999-2018. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry annual conference
  • Abbass, Z., Sibtain, S., Silver, B., & Hossain, A. (2019). Diagnostic challenges and underlying similarities between ADHD and pediatric bipolar disorder. American Psychiatric Association annual conference 
  • Sibtain, S., Mirza, I., Abbass, Z. et al. (2018). Treatment modalities for Self-Cutting Behavior: Case Report. American Psychiatric Association annual conference 
  • Sibtain, S., Tariq, M., Chava, A., Abbass, Z., Arain, F.Z., & Hossain, A. (2019). A case of NMDA receptor encephalitis in a 20-year-old female with ovarian teratoma. American Psychiatric Association annual conference 
  • Abbass, Z., Pereira-Sanchez, V.. (2021). Impact of systemic racism & ethnic discrimination on the mental health of children & adolescents from minorities: A global perspective [Oral Presentation]. American Psychiatric Association annual conference  
  • Bhatt, A., & Abbass, Z. (co-panelist). (2021). Resident's Perspective on Mental Well-Being [Oral Presentation]. Buddies Space Virtual On-Boarding Summit for Medical Trainees 
  • Quyyum, Z., Gandhi, T., Abbass, Z., & Pereira-Sanchez, V.. (2021). "My PATH to CHILD Psychiatry": Global Perspectives [Oral Presentation]. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry annual conference