Hifzija Bajramovic



NAME                                                         Hifzija Hajdar Bajramovic

DATE/PLACE OF BIRTH                    May 24, 1939 - Bilece, Yugoslavia

CITIZENSHIP                                         Canadian

MARITAL STATUS                               Married - wife Fersada - M.D.

CHILDREN                                             Two sons



1957: Senior Matriculation pre-university level, Sarajevo, Yugoslavia - Honours

Sept. 1957 – Oct. 1964: Medical courses, Medical Faculty, University of Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.

Oct. 22, 1964: M.D. degree, University of Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.




1964-1966: Rotating Internship, Sarajevo University Medical Faculty Hospital, Military Medical Academy, Novi Sad and Sombor, Yugoslavia.

1969-1970: Rotating Internship, Dalhousie Medical School, Halifax, Nova Scotia; and St. John’s, Newfoundland.



July 1970 - June 1973: Psychiatric residency, Dalhousie Medical School, Halifax, Nova Scotia: Psychodynamic and Organic Orientation.

July 1973 - June 1974: Psychiatric residency, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Ontario: Psychoanalytic Orientation & Chief Resident for six months.

July 1974 - Dec. 1975: University of Toronto training in Behaviour Therapy and Biofeedback under Drs. R. Swinson, C. Kuch and Potvin.


QUALIFYING  EXAMINATIONS                                   

1967: Professional examination, State of Yugoslavia (equivalent to L.M.C.C.).

1970: Educational Council for Foreign Medical Graduates (E.C.F.M.G.).

1971: Licensing Medical Council of Canada examination.

1975: Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (F.R.C.P.S.(C)).

1978: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.


UNIVERSITY APPOINTMENTS                                      

July 1972 - June 1973: Chief Resident, Department of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Dec. 1974 - June 1975: Chief Resident, Department of Psychiatry, St. Michael’s Hospital, University of Toronto, Ontario.

1976 – 1981: Lecturer, Department of Psychiatry, University of Ottawa, School of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences.

1981 until retirement in 2015: Assistant Professor, University of Ottawa, School of Medicine.


HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS                                          

1966 – 1968: Physician of Emergency Medicine, Sarajevo Hospital, Yugoslavia.

Sept. 1975 - Aug. 1976: Staff Psychiatrist, Toronto East General Hospital.

Sept. 1976 to present: Staff Psychiatrist, Ottawa General Hospital, Ottawa.

1976 to present: Director, Behaviour Therapy and Biofeedback Research Laboratory, Ottawa General Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario.

June 1988 to 1998: Director, Adult Out-Patient Psychiatric Clinic, Ottawa General Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario.

March 2014: Retired from full-time hospital practice.


COMMITTEE  MEMBERSHIPS                                   

1972 – 1973: Coordination of Psychiatric Education in Canada (C.O.P.E.)

1974 – 1975: Audit Committee, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Ontario

1975: Patient Care Committee, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto

1986 – 1995: Psychotherapy Committee, Psychiatry Department, University of Ottawa - Coordinator for Behaviour Psychotherapy

1988 – 1995: Education Committee – Dept. of Psychiatry, Ottawa General Hospital.

1988 – 1997: Quality Control Committee – Out-Patient Department of Psychiatry, Ottawa General Hospital.

1993 – 1995: Executive Committee – Bosnian Academic Society, North America; Secretary

2003 to present: AFP negotiating committee TOHAMO representing Psychiatry.



Canadian Psychiatric Association; Fellow

Ontario Psychiatric Association

Ontario Behaviour Therapy Association

Canadian Medical Association

Ontario Medical Association

Quebec Medical Association

Ontario Society of Clinical Hypnosis

New York Academy of Science



1977:  Secretary, Behaviour Therapy Section, World Psychiatric Association Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii


1972: The Effect of E.C.T. on Soft Neurological Signs in Depressed Patients, Victoria General Hospital, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

1974: Post Cardiotomy Delirium, St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto.

1976: Male Sexual Impotence, Toronto East General, Toronto.

1977: Behaviour Therapy in General Practice, Ottawa General Hospital, Ottawa.

1977: Use of Biofeedback in Psychiatric Out-Patients, Out-Patient Centre of America meeting, Ottawa.

1977: Therapy of Obsessive Compulsive and Phobic Disorders by the Means of Cognitive Personality Restructuring, Scientific Meeting, Ottawa General Hospital, Ottawa.

1981: Biofeedback in Treatment of Headaches, Refresher Symposium on Headaches, Post Graduate Education, University of Ottawa.

1981: Emotional Education Techniques – Interface between feeling and thought, Scientific Meeting, Ottawa General Hospital, Ottawa.

1982: Behaviour Therapy Techniques in General Psychiatric Practice, Montfort Hospital, Ottawa.

1984: The effects of Comparison Patterns on Self Knowledge, Scientific Meeting, Ottawa General Hospital, Ottawa.

1985: Behaviour Therapy Approaches to Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, 138th American Psychiatric Association Annual Meeting, as part of course 83, Dallas, Texas.

1987: Behaviour Therapy, from classical to cognitive, Ottawa General Hospital.

1988 (March): Developments of Biofeedback in the1980’s, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1988 (April): Anticipatory Nausea and Vomiting – A Form of Chemotherapy Phobia, presented with Dr. R. Reesal. First prize for Clinical Research at the Ottawa Psychiatric Research Resident’s Day, Royal Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa. 1989 (May): What Makes Behaviour Change Possible, presented with Dr. J. Ellis - Departmental Rounds, Ottawa General Hospital.

1990 (February): Agoraphobia: State of Brain Amplification, with Dr. K. Busby, Dr. S. Colletta and Dr. S. Tahirkheli, Research lecture in psychiatry, Ottawa General Hospital.

1990 (April): Psychotherapy - What Makes People Change? Presented with Dr. J. Ellis at Residents’ Research Day; Royal Ottawa Hospital.

1991 (February): Smoking Habits, Motivation and Dependence in Psychiatric Patients, with Dr. K. Busby, and Dr. S. Patel; at Research Lecture in Psychiatry, Ottawa General Hospital.

1992 (October): Belanophobia and Depression: Case presentation with Dr. H. Chasse, Departmental Rounds, Ottawa General Hospital.

1992 (January 17): Developing an Out-Patient Database: A Model for other Services, presented with Dr. P. Dagg and Dr. K. Busby; Research Lectures in Psychiatry, Ottawa General Hospital.

1993 (May 30-June 2): Smoking and Nicotine Dependence in Psychiatric Out-Patients, with Drs. K. Busby, R. Thomas, S. Patel, and H. Ben-Simon; Annual Meeting of le Collège canadien de neuropsychopharmacologie, Montréal, Québec.

1993 (October): Obsessive-Compulsive Neurosis: A Portrait of an Elvis Man, with Dr. D. Deshauer, Departmental Rounds Presentation, Ottawa General Hospital.

1993 (November): A New Concept in Self-Injurious Behaviour, with Dr. D. Richardson, Departmental Rounds Presentation, Ott. Gen. Hospital.

1994 (February 15): Documentation in Psychotherapy, with Dr. H. Gandy presenter, Departmental Rounds Presentation, Ottawa General Hospital

1994 (September 20): Smoking and Psychopathology in Psychiatric OPD and Family practice population, Canadian Psychiatric Association Meeting, Ottawa, with Dr. K. Busby as presenter.

1994 (November 22): Smoking and Psychopathology: Prevalence, Dependence and reasons, with Dr. K. Busby presenter, Departmental Research, Lecture, Ottawa General Hospital.

1995 (January 31): Cognitive Psychotherapy: An Alternative Treatment for Depressions, with Dr. Bazaid, Departmental Ground Rounds, Ott. Gen. Hospital.

1995 (October 27): Motivational aspects of Smoking in Psychiatry, OPD, Tri-University Prospective, Royal Ottawa Hospital, with Dr. K. Busby presenter.

1995 (October 31): Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome; with Dr. Al-Gowaifly presenter, Departmental Rounds, Ottawa General Hospital.

1997 (March 25): The Road Less Travelled, with Dr. Atwood presenter; Departmental Grand Rounds, Ottawa General Hospital.

1998 (February 24): Weather and Mood; Research Project, Preliminary Findings with Drs. Y. Deslauriers and K. Busby.

1998 (August 26): Anxiety Disorder; Osaka City Medical University, Japan.

1999 (March 23): Emotional Education – Real-U Ground Rounds, Ottawa Hospital, General Campus with Wilma McLaughlin.

2001 (October): Asperger Syndrome with Dr. K. Fitch, Case Conference, Ottawa Hospital, General Campus.

2002 (November 8): Body, Brain, Mind, Spirit Unity with Denis Chagnon, Case Conference, Ottawa Hospital, General Campus.



1978: H. Bajramovic, G.J. Sarwer-Foner, The evaluation of behaviour therapy techniques, Current Concepts in Psychiatry, May - June, 1978 pp. 18-24.

1987: H. Bajramovic, Behavioural Approaches to Obsessive Compulsive Disorders Theoretical and Clinical Issues, Psychiatric Journal, University of Ottawa, Vol. 12, no. 4, pp. 225-229.

1989 (May): R. Reesal, H. Bajramovic, A Social Phobia, A Behavioural Approach and Pharmacological Approach, Canadian Family Physician, Volume 35, pp. 1157-1160.

1990 (February): H. Bajramovic, R. Reesal, F. Mai, Anticipatory Nausea and Vomiting: A Form of Chemotherapy Phobia, Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, Volume 35, pp. 80-82.



Co-authorship of a book on the victimization process entitled: “Primal Mind, Primal Games: Why We Do What We Do”. Non-fiction book release 2015.

Psychotherapy Process of Change.

Polarization Process as the Origin of Violence.

Agoraphobia: State of Brain Amplification.



Victimization Process in Psychiatric Population.

Theory of Anxiety and its Applications in Treatment of Anxiety and Various Phobic States.

Theory of Depressive States: A State of Exhaustion versus A State of Generalized Inhibition.

Emotional Education: For schools – Work in progress.

Agoraphobia – A State of Brain Amplification as Initiating and Maintaining Factors - Therapeutic Implications.



Smoking Habits, Motivation and Dependence in Psychiatric Patients, Dept. of Health and Welfare, Government of Canada, November 1991. Amount: $108,000.00. Work completed in 1994.


1988 until present: Undergraduate Second year medical students – Psychiatric Interviewing Techniques, Mental Status Exams (Mind).

Yearly since 1976: Third and Fourth year medical students – Examining in Psychiatry yearly.

1976 – 1987: Postgraduate Coordinator of the course of Behaviour Therapy, Biofeedback and Hypnosis for second year residents in Psychiatry - University of Ottawa.

1987 – 1998: Participation in the course of Anxiety Disorders for First year residents with Dr. D. Bakish (Coordinator).

Supervision of Behaviour Psychotherapy, Cognitive Therapy, Biofeedback, for residents – Ottawa General Hospital (1- 2 residents per term).

Supervision of residents working at OPD of OGH (1-2 residents per term).

Parapsychiatric Teaching: Supervision of psychotherapy of Nurses – Out-Patient Department of Psychiatry, Ottawa General Hospital.


CONTINUING MEDICAL EDUCATION                                  

Annually: Resident Research Day every April at the Royal Ottawa Hospital.

Monthly attendance: O.S.C.H. Ottawa Chapter Meetings.

1992 (October 4-10): Canadian Psychiatric Association; Participation in Mental Illness Awareness Week.

1992 (November 20-21): Asthma and Allergy in the 1990’s, Orlando, Florida.

1993 (May): First Annual Psychotherapy Day, Royal Ottawa Hospital.

1994 (September): C.P.A. meeting, Ottawa.

1995 (January): Tutor Training Workshop PBL, University of Ottawa.

1998 (April 16-21): Alternative therapies; Omega Institute, New York.

1998 (August 24 – 27): Osaka City Medical University, Anxiety and Eating Disorders, Osaka, Japan.

1998 (May 20): Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Hull, Québec.

1998 (June 23): Psychobiology of Panic Disorders, Ottawa.

1999 (May 8): Stress Management for Physicians, Ottawa.

1999 (October 17): Depression and Sex, Hull, Québec.

2000 (October 16-29): Mediterranean American Medical Seminar, Barcelona, Spain.

2001 (January 12 – 18): 28th Annual Meeting of Southern Neurological Society, Costa Rica.

2012 (April 9 – 12): The 10th Biennial, Toward a Science of Consciousness Conference, Tucson, Arizona; Sponsored by the Center for Consciousness Studies, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona.