Prof Riaz Khan – Profile

Prof Riaz KhanI graduated as a medical doctor in Pakistan in 1988 and was awarded an MMBS and from the onset of my studies I chose to specialise in psychiatry as a clinical specialisation following a period of residency in surgery and medicine. I came to Switzerland to re-join my parents towards the end of 1989 and was awarded an equivalent medical certification, by the faculty of Medicine, University of Geneva for my Pakistani medical degree. Initially I began my career in Switzerland as a locum in psychiatry and finally started my postgraduate and specialisation in psychiatry and psychotherapy.  In 1998 I was awarded a doctorate in medicine and my specialisation in psychiatry and psychotherapy in 2000.

Several years later, in 2004, I was awarded an MBA in Healthcare Management while simultaneously working towards a Masters in Analytical Group Psychotherapy and a Masters in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

In my first post I was appointed the interim head of addiction psychiatry for one year and then deputy head of addiction psychiatry for 10 years and worked as an addiction psychiatry specialist, all of these posts in the Department of Mental Health and psychiatry at Geneva University Hospital where I continue to this day.

In 2012 I was the Chair of the 14th annual meeting of the International Society of Addiction Medicine, (ISAM) held in Geneva, Switzerland. I have worked as a consultant psychiatrist in the anxiety disorders programme with University Hospitals of Geneva, where I have developed an expertise in the various anxiety disorders and Obsessive Compulsive disorder spectrum.

In 2013, I was appointed full professor of psychiatry at Frontier Medical College, affiliated with Bharia University, Islamabad, Pakistan. I was awarded the International Affiliate Membership of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, MRCPsych in 2015 and became Fellow of the International Society of Addiction Medicine, FISAM in 2016.

With a focus mainly on clinical activities and teaching, I pursued my clinical research in the university hospital for validation of screening instruments and brief interventions in Geneva. I was the psychiatry departmental and divisional representative from the University Hospitals of Geneva for the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the field of addiction.  I’m currently the head of the Emergency Psychiatry Unit at the Geneva University Hospital.

From an academic perspective, I’m finishing my post-doctoral thesis, Privat Docent, where my research highlights the role of emergency psychiatry in the prevention of suicide.
I am an Executive Board Member and Treasurer of the International Society of Addiction Medicine (ISAM). Currently I am working on establishing the Pakistan Society of Addiction Medicine and also working towards the creation of a Chair of Addiction Medicine in Pakistan.
My professional, personal and human experiences have been enriched through my various clinical activities with my patients to whom I will ever be thankful for allowing me to help them in their recovery journey as they once more achieve a functional societal role.

My hobbies are cycling, tennis and walking.