Dr Andy Zamar
MBBCh, LRCP, MRCS, MRCPsych
Gaskell Gold Medal & Prize – RCPsych
Founder of The London Psychiatry Centre
Dr Andy Zamar was born in Egypt to a Greek mother and Lebanese father and was educated at a French Catholic school in Cairo (College Des Freres Saint Jean Baptiste de La Salle). His early exposure to a wide and diverse cultural environment developed into a profound understanding of the varied cultural presentations of distress and psychiatric disorders.
Dr Zamar is triple qualified in medicine in Egypt (Cairo University), the UK and the USA. He is a Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists and is on their Roll of Honour due to being awarded The Gaskell Gold Medal & Prize. According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists publication, the Psychiatric Bulletin, “The Gaskell Gold Medal & Prize has always been considered one of the foremost academic distinctions in clinical psychiatry”.
Dr Zamar has taught psychiatry to under and post graduate students at Guy’s and St Thomas’s Teaching Hospitals, University College Teaching Hospital, Ain Shams University in Cairo and at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.
Dr Zamar is acknowledged as a world expert in the treatment of resistant affective disorders including depression and bipolar spectrum disorder. He and his team developed a world’s first model for mood disorders involving precision medicine and mitochondrial treatment with thyroid hormones and rTMS (patent application pending). This is backed by the outcomes of a cohort of 55 patients – the first ever published study showing full recovery of severe mixed and depressive symptoms in all forms of bipolar disorder with a 96.4% success rate. He was also invited by the World Psychiatric Association to lecture on the subject. Dr Zamar is a member of the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry (WFSBP) task force on Neuroprogression in Psychiatric Disorders. WFSBP works to identify biomarkers in psychiatric disorders with the goal of intervening and preventing the progression of psychiatric disorders like bipolar disorder.
He also has special expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of adult ADHD, anxiety disorders, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and adjustment disorders due to exposure to adverse life consequences and distress pursuant to crises such as workplace bullying, extramarital affairs, failed IVF and others. He is fully accredited in EMDR and since 2002, has been treating severe trauma following exposure to adverse civilian events such as accidents, medical/surgical complications, crimes, natural disasters and terrorist attacks as well military events. He also treats sexual dysfunction and offers marital and relationship therapy.
Dr Zamar has held a number of NHS Consultant posts and was a Staff Consultant at the Priory Hospital Roehampton for 10 years where he had a proven record of treating resistant and difficult to treat cases. During his tenure, Dr Zamar introduced a number of recognised interventions and treatments for resistant anxiety disorders, resistant depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD and adult ADHD which remain a standard practice at the Priory till today. He was also appointed Consultant at The London Clinic hospital in Devonshire Place offering an integrated psychiatric service to their patients.
Together with his team, he has introduced and pioneered a number of new technologies to the UK including rTMS and eTNS. He oversaw the introduction of rTMS into the provisional NICE guidelines for the treatment of depression with Dr Rafael Euba acting as the National Advisor for NICE.
Dr Zamar is also an inventor and has a number of patents to his name, including Prolong™ for the treatment of premature ejaculation, which has been approved in Europe for the treatment of this condition and by the FDA in the USA. Currently Prolong™ is the only FDA approved treatment for premature ejaculation in the USA, and the FDA developed a new regulatory standard for Prolong™, published in the Federal Register of the FDA. (vibrator for climax control for premature ejaculation).
Dr Zamar is one of the very few psychiatrists who are truly multilingual. He regularly consults and treats patients in English, French, Italian, Greek, Classical and Colloquial Arabic.
Languages: English, Arabic, Greek, Italian and French