Nash N. Boutros, M.D.

Professor, Saint Luke’s Marion Bloch Neuroscience Institute, Division of Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry
Department(s) of Psychiatry
Education and Background

M.B.B.Ch - University of Cairo
Internship - Cairo University Hospital
Residency - General Medicine - El-Kosir Hospital
Residency - Internal Medicine/Psychiatry - Metropolitan Child & Adolescent Services
Residency - Neurology - University of Illinois College of Medicine - Chicago
Fellowship - Neurophysiology - University of Texas Southwestern Medical School

Meet Nash Boutros
How did you get started in research?

I have always been interested in human behavior and intrigued by how the brain functions and affects everything from addictions to personality disorders. Studying the heart, liver and kidneys was not exciting, but the brain was so complicated and so intriguing. I was exposed to heavy research during my residency in Chicago at a psychiatric research institution and have continued doing brain research at several universities throughout my career.

What are you working on right now? What do you hope to accomplish in the next few years?

I want to bring electrophysiology techniques to bear on diagnosis and management of patients with panic attacks, autism, repeated aggression or atypical mood disorders. I hope to continue the same line of work and expand into dementia. I enjoy bringing student researchers into my work and getting them excited about the future of psychiatry and the amazing prospect of using neuroscience to help people with psychiatric problems.

What do you do to relax away from work?

I play chess, mainly with relatives, and play bridge somewhat seriously. I might try to play competitively when I retire. My wife and I also like to travel to new places. I often get to do that as part of presenting at psychiatric conferences and recently have been able to visit Nice and Zurich.

Research Focus

Identifying objective ways to diagnose psychiatric disorders by recording and analyzing brain activity using non-invasive electrophysiology techniques — mainly EEG, electroencephalography.

Dr. Boutros has served on the faculty at universities including Yale, Wayne State and Ohio State and was academic chair of UMKC’s Department of Psychiatry and medical director for the Center for Behavioral Medicine. He has written or contributed to texts on EEG and behavioral neuroanatomy. His next book, “Humanist Psychiatry,” will be out in August 2018.