About Dr Somanath


Dr Somanath is a leading and eminent psychiatrist based in Kochi. He did his MBBS at Medical College Kottayam and post graduation in psychiatry from NIMHANS Bangalore. He has 20 years of experience in the field of psychiatry and worked as faculty in NIMHANS, SH Hospital Painkulam, Thodupuzha and Lakeshore hospital Kochi. His current research interests are Genetics of Psychiatric disorders, Developmental disorders in children, psychosomatic medicine, Health education & Public awareness programme.

Educational Qualifications
MBBS – Kottayam Medical College. 1991, DPM -NIMHANS Bangalore, DNB- NIMHANS Bangalore, MD- NIMHANS Bangalore 
Work Experience
  • Work Experience Worked as Junior Resident in a supervised specialty training course ( DPM ) at NIMHANS, Bangalore for two years from September 1993 – August 1995.This included posting, in Adult Psychiatry ( 17 months), Child & Adolescent Psychiatry ( 3 months), Neurology ( 3 months ), Family & Community Psychiatry( 1 month ).
  • Worked as Resident Psychiatrist in a supervised specialty training course ( MD ) at NIMHANS , Bangalore for three years from September 1995- August 1998. This included postings in Adult Psychiatry ( 23 months), Child & Adolescent Psychiatry ( 3 months), neurology ( 3 months), Consultation Liaison Psychiatry ( 3 months), family therapy, Behavior Therapy, Community Psychiatry and Psychiatric Rehabilitation (4 months)
  • Worked as a Senior Resident in the Department of Psychiatry , NIMHANS Bangalore from September 1998 – October 1999.
  • Worked as Consultant Psychiatrist at Sacred Heart Hospital Payankulam from November 1999 – August 2002. This Hospital was 550 bedded charitable Institution run by Revered Sistersof Sacred Heart Congregation . The institution provided treatment facilities for various Adult Psychiatric disorders , alcohol and drug addiction etc.Aversion therapy, family therapy, yoga , meditation, awareness building classes, prayer therapy, occupational therapy, counseling and recreation were other services provided in this institution This institution also had a Rehabilitation centre accommodating around 250 recreation were other services provided in this institution.This institution also had a Rehabilitation centre accommodating around 250 patients with various sections like screen printing, candle making poultry farming etc where patients could be engaged
  • Worked as Consultant Psychiatrist and Head of department at Lakeshore Hospital Research Centre Kochi from September 2002 to March 2016
Presentations & Publications
  • Paper titled ” A comparative family genetic study of early and late onset bipolar disorder” . Abstract published in American journal of medical genetics. Pg:592, vol-74, no: 6 nov 21, 1997 Presented paper titled “Family genetics study of schizophre in the Annual Psychiatry conference held at Bhuveneshwar in Jan1999 .
  • Paper titled ” A comparative family genetic study of schizophrenia and Bipolar disorder ” acceptand bipolar disorder” accepted for presentation in the XI World Congress of Psychiatry, Hamburg in August 1999.
  • Paper titled ” A family study of early – onset bipolar I disorder” A brief report published in Journal of affective disorder70 (2002) 91-94
  • Paper titled ” Is there a familial overlap between schizophrenia & bipolar disorder ?” A research report published in journal of affective disorder.” 72 (2002) 243 -247
  • Paper titled ” Zuclopenthixol” – A review in Kerala journal of Psych iatry Pg 28 – 33 vol 16 no: 2 Sep 2001. Presented a paper on ” Anxiety disorders in Childhood” in the 19th annual conference of Kerala Psychiatric meet in August 2003
  • Presented a paper on “Depression in general population” for brainawareness week Cochin University Presented a paper on “Psychotropic drug interaction ” at IAPP C M E meet May 2004 at Lonawala.
  • Presented a paper on “Effect of scholastic overburdening in children” in one day workshop organized by Indian Association of pediatrics in June 2004 at Kochi.
  • Presented various academic paper at the C M E programs conducted by Ernakulam Psychiatric Society. Delivered a talk on “Impact of Stress” at UGC sponsored workshop on stress & human life at Kochi in January 2005. Delivered a talk on “Women & Mental Health” at Mathrubhoomi Sreevedi program at Allappey in February 2005.
  • Presented a paper on ” Brain Dysfunction in Mental Illness” in a seminar organized by CUSAT in connection with the Brain Awareness week in March 2005
Current research interests
  1. Genetics of Psychiatric disorders
  2. Developmental disorders in children
  3. Psychosomatic medicine
  4. Health education & Public awareness programs

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