Prof. Muhammad Waqar Azeem

Chair, Department of Psychiatry
Sidra Medicine

Professor Muhammad Waqar Azeem is an internationally recognized academician and health care leader with Sidra Medicine. He is an Inaugural Chair of Psychiatry for Sidra Medicine in Doha, Qatar. He is Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. He and his team have played an instrumental role in establishing child, adolescent and perinatal psychiatry services in Qatar from scratch; as well as developed the world’s first and only ACGMEI Training Program in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is Director of Sidra Medicine World Psychiatric Association (WPA) Collaborating Center. 

Professor Azeem has contributed nationally in a number of important initiatives, including being Chair of Qatar’s National Autism Plan Working Group, Co-Chair of World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) Autism Forum, and member of National Mental Health and Wellbeing Task Force. Internationally, Prof. Azeem is Chair of the World Psychiatric Association (WPA) Working Group on Medical Students and member of the WPA Working Group on Autism as well as on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He participated as invited member of World Health Organization (WHO) Rehabilitation Program to contribute in developing rehabilitation interventions for individuals with autism.  

Professor Azeem’s primary clinical and research interests include Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Disabilities, Global Mental Health, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Training and Undergraduate Medical Education. He is involved with number of prestigious research grants regarding Autism, ADHD, genetics, neuroimaging and psychiatric comorbidity with chronic medical conditions. He has presented nationally and internationally and has published extensively in peer reviewed journals. In addition, he collaborates with various professionals and medical schools in South East Asia and Middle East in improving child and adolescent services, and child and adolescent psychiatry training. 

Professor Azeem is Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association as well as Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He has received several awards and honors for his work. He served on various boards and committees at regional, national and international level.