Paul El-Fishawy, J.D., M.D. was born and raised in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Princeton University, Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1992. After college, he won a Fulbright Scholarship to study abroad. Subsequently, he graduated Cum Laude from the Yale School of Medicine winning the Lauren Weinstein Award, “Given to the graduate who displays courage, perseverance and compassion and has dared to reach for the best in herself or himself,” and received his joint, J.D. from the Yale Law School, where he won thesis honors.
He completed his adult psychiatry residency training at the Yale School of Medicine and his child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship training at the Yale Child Study Center, where he was awarded the Melvin Lewis Teaching Award for his teaching of medical students.
He practices general child, adolescent, and adult psychiatry in New Haven, Connecticut. His peers have selected him each year from 2015 until the present for inclusion in the Best Doctors in America list. He is board certified in both child and adolescent and adult psychiatry from the American Board of Neurology and Psychiatry. He treats patients of all ages and the full range of mental health disorders using either psychodynamic psychotherapy or cognitive behavioral therapy. He utilizes medications in addition to psychotherapy when necessary. He is a member of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and has served on the Executive Committee of the Connecticut Council on Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.
His research at the Yale Child Study Center has focused on the discovery of genes that contribute to autism through the use of homozygosity mapping and whole-exome sequencing. He has won the Elaine Schlosser Lewis–American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Pilot Research Award and the American Psychiatric Association-Lilly Research Fellowship. In addition, his research was awarded the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry-Beatrix Hamburg Award. He is a co-author on a paper in the journal Nature and a co-first author on an article in the journal Science.