After graduating top of his class from the Balamand University School of Medicine in 2011, Dr. Elias left his home country of Lebanon to move to St. Louis, MO to pursue residency training. There, he trained in Adult Psychiatry at the Barnes Jewish Hospital/Washington University School of Medicine program. He completed his four year residency before moving to Los Angeles for fellowship training in Forensic Psychiatry at the USC Institute of Psychiatry, Law, and Behavioral Science. After completing his one year fellowship in 2016, Dr. Elias joined the Keck School of Medicine of USC as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry.
During his four year tenure at Keck, Dr. Elias was involved in various clinical roles. He covered the inpatient psychiatric consultation and liaison (C&L) service. There, he consulted on the psychiatric treatment of medically complex patients admitted to Keck Hospital while also supervising medical students, psychiatry residents, and C&L fellows. He also evaluated and treated individuals in psychiatric crisis at the LASC+USC hospital psychiatry emergency department. However, his main clinical role was launching and then running the psychiatric outpatient service at the Keck Downtown Los Angeles location.
Dr. Elias started the psychiatry outpatient service at Keck DTLA in April of 2017. He evaluated and treated hundreds of patients while collaborating with top notch physicians from other specialties including internists, neurologists, and surgeons. He also collaborated with occupational therapists, psychotherapists, and dietitians to help patients improve from a 360 degrees approach. He continued to do this until he resigned from his position in July of 2020 in order to start his own private practice.
Aside from his career in medicine, Dr. Elias is an avid fan of music and a musician himself. He tries to practice what he preaches with regards to maintaining a healthy diet and regular exercise. He believes in the benefits of engaging in physically demanding activities like surfing and skiing. He always looks to learn more from classical literature, philosophy, and epistemology, all of which inform his unique approach to psychotherapy.