Ebrahim Haroon, MD


Titles and Roles

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Emory School of Medicine
Medical Director, Emory Behavioral Immunology Program
Emory University
Research Program
Cancer Prevention and Control


Ebrahim Haroon, MD is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University and Attending Psychiatrist at Emory Healthcare. He is a member of several institutional and national committees including the Cancer Prevention Control Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, Emory Institutional Review Board and the Awards Committee of Society for Biological Psychiatry.


Dr. Haroon received his MD and completed his medical residency from the Madurai University Medical College at Madurai Kamaraj University in Madurai, India. He completed his training with an internship in psychiatry from Tufts New England Medical Center in Boston, MA and a residency in Psychiatry from Yale University in New Haven, CT.


Dr. Haroon's research is focused on understanding the neural basis of behavioral change in medically healthy and medically ill patients including patients with cancer. More specifically, his interests are focused on the mechanisms mediating the impact of the immune system on glial function as it relates to depression and fatigue. For his studies, Dr. Haroon uses Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy to examine neurochemical changes involving CNS glutamate as well as white matter integrity using diffusion tensor imaging. Of note, prophylactic administration of glutamate blocking agents such as memantine have been shown to minimize cognitive symptoms resulting from radiation therapy for cancer. Consequently, he is studying the impact of cancer and its treatment on CNS glutamate and its relationship with treatment-related behavioral changes including depression and fatigue. Future studies will examine the use of glutamate-blocking drugs to reverse treatment.


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