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Dr. Afzal is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Chicago. He is the director of Pediatric Consultation–Liaison service affiliated with, Comer children hospital, a tertiary care pediatric hospital at the South side of Chicago. He was trained at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center for his adult psychiatry training and the University of Chicago, for his child fellowship. He is interested in the psychosomatic manifestation of illnesses, cultural aspect of psychiatric presentations and creative family interventions for depressive, anxiety, ADHD and disruptive behavior disorders. His research includes mental health awareness in minority population, posttraumatic stress symptoms in pediatric cancer population and creative ways of teaching trainees in psychiatry. He has presented both nationally and internationally.
Understanding the presence post-traumatic stress symptoms (PTSS) in newly diagnosed hematology-oncology patients, cultural differences in parental understanding of children mental health issues in the U.S. and Middle East and exploring innovative ideas to enhance learning experience of child and adolescent fellows and residents trainees
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