Professor Joseph Zohar M.D.
Joseph Zohar, MD, is director at the Division of Psychiatry at the Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Ramat Gan, Israel, and Director of the Anxiety and Obsessive Compulsive Clinic of this institute. He graduated from Tel Aviv University Sackler School of Medicine in 1973, trained in psychiatry at the University of Washington, Seattle and at the Jerusalem Mental Health Center, Israel, where he was the director of the Resistant Depression Unit. In 1984, Dr. Zohar joined the laboratory of Dr. Dennis Murphy at the National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland where he was acting director of the Obsessive-Compulsive Clinic. In 1986 he served as chairperson on the panel for obsessive compulsive disorder of the American Psychiatric Association Task Force on Treatments of Psychiatric Disorders and in 1989 as a member of the DSM-IV Obsessive Compulsive subcommittee.
In 1990, Dr Zohar was appointed to the board of directors of the European Certificate in Anxiety and Mood Disorders (currently the International Masters in Affective Neuroscience), a position which he holds to this day. In 1992, Dr. Zohar established the International Council on Anxiety and OCD which is currently entitled World Council on Anxiety, and in 1993 he was nominated as the chairperson of the anxiety and OCD section of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) along with his role as the chairperson of the World Council on Anxiety.
In 1994 he was the chairperson of the 7th meeting of the European College of Neuropharmacology (ECNP) and in 1995 was elected as a member of the executive committee of this organization. Dr. Zohar served as secretary of the ECNP from 1999-2004 and is currently chairman of the education committee and vice president of this organization. In 1995 he was also elected as the chairperson of the Israel Society for Biological Psychiatry. In 1996 Dr. Zohar was nominated as a member of the WHO Expert Advisory Panel on Neuroscience. In 1997 he was elected to the executive committee of the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry. Dr. Zohar was appointed in 2003 as a co-chair of the DSM V-ICD working group on obsessive-compulsive behavior spectrum. In 2004 Dr. Zohar was appointed to the steering committee of the International College of Obsessive Compulsive Spectrum, as well as the chairman of the European Accreditation Committee in CNS (EACIC).
Dr. Zohar is the associate editor of the World Journal of Biological Psychiatry, the international editor of the journal CNS Spectrum and is also on the editorial boards of several journals, including European Neuropsychopharmacology, International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice and Neuropsychobiology. He is the author of more than 170 scientific papers and has edited 11 books focusing on refractory depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and PTSD.
Dr. Zohar founded and is the chairman of the Israeli consortium on PTSD, is currently the commander of the chief installation of the Israeli Defense Force for treating PTSD, and serves as a special advisor to the Ministry of Defense in relation to PTSD.
Dr. Zohar has received numerous awards, including: Fogarty International Research Fellowship Award, in 1984; A.E. Bennet Award for Clinical Research in 1986; European College of Neuropsychopharmacology – Lilly Neuroscience Award for Clinical Research in 1998; World Federation Society of Biological Psychiatry on excellency in education in 2001, and he is the co-author of the A.E. Bennet Award for 2002 for a study on an animal model of PTSD