I am an inpatient psychiatrist at Memorial Regional Hospital. I treat hospital-based patients with mental health conditions including major depressive disorder, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and schizophrenia. While I enjoy seeing patients in an outpatient setting, I currently am not seeing outpatients.
I was inspired to pursue a career as a psychiatrist after witnessing individuals struggle with mental illness. I saw firsthand how debilitating it could be and wanted the opportunity to be able to help people in similar situations.
When I meet a new patient, I spend a lot of time getting to know them. I take a very detailed patient history and try to learn about them and their life – not only as patients but also as people. Every person is different and has different values, goals, challenges and life circumstances. Despite these differences, my ultimate goal remains the same: to restore a patient's quality of life.
Before joining Memorial, I was an assistant professor of psychiatry at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, and assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Miami School of Medicine.
I'm also a member of the American Psychiatric Association, the Association for Academic Psychiatry and the Florida Psychiatric Society.
University Of Pennsylvania, 2008
Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, 2013, Psychiatry
University Of Virginia Medical Center, 2009, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2012, Anatomic and Clinical Pathology
Johns Hopkins Hospital, 2016, Psychiatry
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology-Psychiatry
Awards, Achievements, and More
My current clinical research interested include testing medications and treatment options for people with schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depressive conditions.
My past research projects include:
- Principal Investigator. A Phase 2, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of Pimavanserin as Adjunctive Treatment for the Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia - ACADIA - ACP-103-034 - STU00204473
Principal Investigator. A Phase 3, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study to Evaluate the Efficacy and Safety of Adjunctive Pimavanserin for the Treatment of Schizophrenia - ACADIA - ACP- 103-038 - STU00204347
Principal Investigator. A 52-Week, Open-Label, Extension Study of Pimavanserin for the Adjunctive Treatment of Schizophrenia -ACADIA - ACP-103-035 - STU00204864
Co-Investigator. Effect of MMFS-202-302 on Cognitive Enhancement in Schizophrenia - MgT - STU00098144
- Co-Investigator. Testing the ability of JNJ-18038683, a selective serotonin (5-HT)7 antagonist, to improve cognition and reduce residual depressive symptoms in stable bipolar patient - JNJ-18038683 - STU00200919
- American Psychiatric Association
- Association for Academic Psychiatry
- Florida Psychiatric Society
- S Lehmann, D Popeo, M Blazek, Z Meriden, B Brooks, K Wilkins. Attitudes and Aging: Creating Enduring Change Among Medical Students. American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, 2015.
- Z Meriden. Management of Depression and Bipolar Disorder during Pregnancy. National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA) 36th National Medical Convention, San Diego, California, 2014.
- Z Meriden. Psychiatric Illness in Pregnancy: What You Need to Know but Were Afraid to Ask. National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA) 28th Annual International Convention, London, United Kingdom, 2014.
- SL Cook, NS Aguilera, GC Bullock, Z Meriden, H Bonatti, HP Cathro. The Etiology of EBV-Negative Post- Transplantation Lymphoproliferative Disorder Remains Unclear. USCAP Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, 2013.
- AD Singhi, H Ishida, AP Klein, SZ Ali, Z Meriden, RH Hruban. A Comparison of the Morphology of Familial and Sporadic Pancreatic Cancers. USCAP Annual Meeting, Baltimore, Maryland, 2013.
- Z Meriden, C Shi, B Edil, T Ellison, C Wolfgang, R Schulick, RH Hruban. Hyaline Globules in Neuroendocrine and Solid-Pseudopapillary Neoplasms of the Pancreas: a Clue to the Diagnosis. USCAP Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, 2011.
- Z Meriden, AY Yemelyanova, R Vang, BM Ronnett. Ovarian Metastases of Pancreaticobiliary Tract Adenocarcinomas: Analysis of 35 Cases, with Emphasis on the Ability of Metastases to Simulate Primary Ovarian Mucinous Tumors. USCAP Annual Meeting, San Antonio, Texas, 2011.
- Z Meriden, HR Makhlouf, H Daniel, TT Wu, MM Yeh, MS Torbenson. Lymphocyte-rich Primary Carcinomas: Rare Tumors of the Liver. USCAP Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., 2010.
- Z Meriden, R Wells, G Makar, R Reddy, EE Furth. Histologically But Not Clinically Defined FibrosingCholestatic Hepatitis C Is Predictive of Poor Patient Outcomes in the Liver Transplant Population. USCAP Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C., 2010.
- Z Meriden, T Pasha, R Wells, R Reddy, G Makar, EE Furth. Biomarkers as Predictors of Rapidity of Fibrosis in the Liver Allograft of Hepatitis C Patients. USCAP Annual Meeting, Boston, Massachusetts, 2009.
- Z Meriden, N Williams, J Grau, ABurkart, EE Furth. Unexpected Cirrhosis and Vascular Findings in the Gastric Bypass Population: Implications for Pre-Operative Screening. USCAP Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado, 2008.
- American Psychiatric Association (APA)/Janssen Resident Psychiatric Research Scholar, 2014
- National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Outstanding Resident of the Year Award (ORAP), Honorable Mention. 2014
- American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry (AAGP)/Geriatric Mental Health Foundation (GMHF) Honors Scholar, 2015. Awarded by AAGP and Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) in Pittsburgh, PA. Research project: designing computerized modules to teach medical students about geriatric depression.
- Joseph C. Eggleston Award in Surgical Pathology, 2010
- Hans Popper Society Hepatopathology Award, 2009
- Jesse H. Frank Award, The University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2008