About Dr. Rifai

Muhamad Aly Rifai, MD,CPE, FACP, FAPA, FAPM

Muhamad Aly Rifai, MD,CPE, FACP, FAPA, FAPM

Dr. Rifai is an American-Syrian physician executive and scientist and a world renowned researcher on the medical aspects of psychiatric illness. He is a recipient of the National Insitute of Mental Health Clinical Excellence Award in 2005 and the prestigious William Webb Award from the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine in 2006. Dr. Rifai is originally from Aleppo, Syria.

Dr. Rifai' National Research Service Award fellowship training in neuroscience was at the University of Tennessee, College of Medicine in Memphis. His residency training in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry Program was at the University of Virginia, School of Medicine. Dr. Rifai then completed further clinical fellowship training at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center and the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Rifai is the American Psychiatric Association Janssen Scholar on Psychiatric and Medical Disorders, he is the William Webb Fellow of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine

Fellowship and Residency Training

National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland.

National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Maryland.

  • 2003-2004 Fellowship in Psychiatric Research,
  • 2004-2005 Fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine
  • 2004-2005 Chief Fellow, National Institutes of Health
  • 2005 Clinical Excellence Award, National Insitute of Mental Health

University of Virginia, School of Medicine, Roanoke-Salem Program.

University of Virginia, School of Medicine, Roanoke-Salem Program.

  • 1998-2003 Resident in Internal Medicine and Psychiatry
  • 2001-2003 Chief Resident, Psychiatry Program
  • 2001-2002 Chief Resident, Internal Medicine Program
  • 2001-2003 Chief Resident, Internal Medicine / Psychiatry Program

University of Tennessee, College of Medicine, Memphis, Tennessee.

University of Tennessee, College of Medicine, Memphis, Tennessee.

  • 1996-1997 National Research Service Award. National Institutes of Health
  • 1997-1998 Neuroscience Research Award. National Institutes of Health

Faculty of Medicine, University of Aleppo, Aleppo, Syria.

Faculty of Medicine, University of Aleppo, Aleppo, Syria.

  • 1990-1996 Doctor of Medicine with thesis and Honors.

Professional Memberships

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow, American College of Physicians (FACP)
  • Fellow, Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine (FAPM)
  • Fellow, American Psychiatric Association (FAPA)
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians Executives

Licensure

Licensure

  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania # MD 431055 expires 12/31/2018 (PA License)
  • Diplomate, American College of Physicians Executives expires 3/2021
  • United States Medical Licensing Examinations 1999

Awards and Academic Affiliations

AWARDS

  • 2018 President Lehigh Valley Psychiatric Society
  • 2016-2018 President-Elect Lehigh Valley Psychiatric Society
  • 2015 Leadership Award for Excellence, Pennsylvania Psychiatric Society
  • 2011 LEAD certificate (Leadship Development), American College of Physicians
  • 2011 Special Award in Excellence in Physician Executive Education, American College of Physicians Executives
  • 2010 Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
  • 2009 Fellow, American College of Physicians
  • 2007 Fellow, Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine
  • 2006 William Web Fellowship, Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine
  • 2000 Janssen Scholar on Medical and Psychiatric Disorders, American Psychiatric Association

ACADEMIC AFFILIATIONS

  • Lehigh Valley Endowed Chair of Addiction Medicine
  • Clinical Professor, Psychiatry and Medicine, Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
  • Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, Phildelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Clinical Professor, Psychiatry, Drexel University College of Medicine