About Omar Elhaj, MD

Dr. Elhaj serves as Division Director for Special Projects at PsychBC. He is certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in both adult psychiatry and addiction psychiatry. He earned his medical degree from Damascus University and completed his residency in general adult psychiatry at the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Medicine, where he served as chief resident. He also completed fellowships in addiction psychiatry and geriatric psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where he also served as senior research fellow in therapeutics of bipolar mood disorders. Dr. Elhaj has served as co-principal investigator for several National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and industry-sponsored bipolar disorder studies and has presented throughout the country on mental health issues. He has published more than 30 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters in national medical journals. He currently holds the position of clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and continues to be involved in teaching residents and fellows. He is a member of the American Medical Association, and the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Elhaj has more than 20 years of experience in providing care to people with complex clinical presentations. His specialty areas of interest include addiction disorders, depressive disorders, bipolar disorders, psychotic disorders, schizophrenia, cognitive disorders, dementia and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Dr. Elhaj treats patients starting at 18 years old.


  • Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement/Grief Counseling
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Child Psychiatry Consultation
  • Daytime Sleepiness
  • Depression
  • Development Disorder
  • Eating Disorder
  • Hyperactive Disorder (ADD/ADHD)
  • Medication Review
  • Mental Health Consultation
  • Mental Health Problem
  • Mental Illness
  • Mood Disorders
  • Mood Swings
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
  • Panic Attack
  • Personality Disorder
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Counseling
  • Postpartum Depression
  • Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)/Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)
  • Prescription/Refill
  • Psychiatric Medication Review
  • Psychiatry Consultation
  • Psychiatry Follow Up
  • Psychological Trauma
  • Schizophrenia/Psychotic Features
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Sleep Disorder
  • Sleep Problems
  • Social Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Stress Management
  • Worry
  • Education & Certifications

    University of Damascus Faculty of Medicine, Doctor of Medicine|University of Missouri, Kansas City, Residency in Psychiatry|Case Western Reserve University, Fellowship in Addiction Psychiatry and Geriatric Psychiatry