The University of Texas Medical School at Houston Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston


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Aqeel Hashmi, M.D.



Dr. Aqeel Hashmi is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. He is currently working on the Competency Restoration unit at Harris County Psychiatric Center.
Dr. Hashmi received his medical degree from Dow University of Health Sciences, Karachi Pakistan. He completed his Psychiatry Residency at Baylor College of Medicine and is board certified in psychiatry. After residency, he pursued a career at Rusk State Hospital where he served as medical director of acute care services. He then moved to the United Kingdom as Consultant Psychiatrist at Royal Bolton Hospital in Greater Manchester where he was approved by the Royal College of Psychiatrists as Trainer for psychiatry trainees. Dr Hashmi was clinical lead of the award winning Asian Mental Health service at the Greater Manchester West Mental Health Trust. He was also the recipient of two National Health Service Clinical Excellence awards and of the Bolton Patient's Council's Exceptional Mental Health Insight Award on two occasions. Whilst in the United Kingdom he also had experience of managing patients in specialist services such as Low Secure Women's Personality Disorder units. To add to his international experience Dr Hashmi also engaged in private practice in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates mainly treating depression and anxiety disorders. During this time he maintained academic affiliation with the University of Sharjah (UAE) as Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor. Whilst in the UAE he gained media experience as expert Psychiatrist on live television and radio shows from Dubai Media City.

Clinical and Research Interests:

  1. Forensic psychiatry, competency restoration           
  2. Interface between culture and mental illness
  3. Psychiatric Education
  4. Ethnic Minority Mental Health Issues
  5. Ethics of Civil Commitment
  6. Communication Skills of International Medical Graduates

Publications (selected):

  • Characteristics of first and second generation Asian mental health patients in Bolton, UK Aqeel Hashmi1, Neel Halder2, Yaseen Aslam3, World Cultural Psychiatry Review WCPRR December 2011: 95-101
  • Antipsychotic Prescription Trends According to Ethnicity,Correspondence Psychiatric Bulletin August 2009.
  • Communication Skills in Overseas Doctors, correspondence Psychiatric Bulletin July 2009
  • Reproducibility of Plasma Catecholamine Metabolites in Normal Subjects, Aqeel Hashmi, MD, Farooq Amin, MD,Biological Psychiatry (Volume 39, Issue 7, 01 April 1996)
  • Diurnal Variation in Plasma Homovanillic Acid: Not a Renal Phenomenon, Adriana Stroe, MD, Farooq Amin, MD, Aqeel Hashmi, MD, Biological Psychiatry (Volume 41, Issue 5, 01 March 1997)

Faculty Biography

Aqeel Hashmi
    Aqeel Hashmi , M.D.
    Assistant Professor
  • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • University of Texas-Houston Medical School
    2800 S. MacGregor Way
    Houston, Texas 77021
  • phone: (713) 741-3835
  • Fax: (713) 741-7832
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