Dr. Hassan is a specialist physician board-certified in both Neuropsychiatry and Electroencephalography (EEG).
He is a Clinical Associate Professor of Neuropsychiatry at the University of British Columbia (UBC), involved in the clinical education of medical students, psychiatry and neurology residents and neuropsychiatry fellows.
Dr. Hassan’s clinical roles include:
- Staff Neuropsychiatrist, providing care to inpatients at the province-wide BC Neuropsychiatry Program at UBC Hospital, which has regularly accepted referrals for subspecialized care from across Canada.
- Staff Electroencephalographer, interpreting adult and paediatric EEG studies, including inpatient and critical care EEG studies, at Vancouver Island Health and Royal Columbian Hospital.
Dr. Hassan is board-certified in Neuropsychiatry by the United Council of Neurologic Subspecialties (UCNS), and board-certified in Electroencephalography (EEG) by the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists (CSCN).
He completed his medical training at the University of Alexandria followed by a Master’s degree in Neuropathology at the University of Adelaide. Dr. Hassan then undertook postgraduate clinical training in general medicine in Perth and Melbourne culminating in Membership of the Royal College of Physicians of the UK (Internal Medicine). He undertook specialist training in General Psychiatry at the Austin Hospital in Melbourne followed by a Neuropsychiatry of Epilepsy Fellowship at the Royal Melbourne Hospital, a Neuropsychiatry Fellowship at the UBC Neuropsychiatry Program in Vancouver, and a Clinical Electroencephalography (EEG) Fellowship at BC Children's Hospital in Vancouver.
Dr. Hassan’s clinical and research work has focused on the interaction between seizures and mental health, as well as the neurophysiologic aspects of neuropsychiatry. He also developed the Neuropsychiatric Formulation Chart, a clinical and educational instrument which offers a stepwise approach to diagnostic formulation in neuropsychiatry (www.neuropsychiatricformulation.org). Dr. Hassan has been a speaker at national and international conferences in several countries including Canada, the UK, Australia and South Africa and has been active in several global health initiatives involving the neuropsychiatry of epilepsy.
In addition to projects of more focused scope, larger scale research platforms for which Dr. Hassan has served as Principal Investigator include:
- VENbase (Vancouver Epilepsy and Neuropsychiatry Database): a prospective research platform examining various aspects of the neuropsychiatry of epilepsy and non-epileptic seizures.
- NECSA (Neuropsychiatric Effects of CNS Structural Abnormalities) study: an analysis of deeply phenotyped presentations with neuropsychiatric symptoms and central nervous system lesions, using the previously published NECSA framework.