Dr. El-Khatib graduated from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt, and completed his residency in internal medicine and behavioral medicine and psychiatry at Charleston Area Medical Center/ West Virginia University. He served as an assistant professor at Marshall University, worked at Mildred Bateman Hospital (previously known as Huntington State Hospital), and Cabell Huntington Hospital. He had a private practice from 1998 until 2020; was chief of psychiatry at Thomas Memorial Hospital; worked at Holzer Medical Center in Gallipolis, Ohio, as medical director for the Geri/Psych unit; and has been serving as chief medical officer at Highland Hospital since May 2019. He is board certified in general psychiatry, addiction psychiatry, and consultation-liaison psychiatry (psychosomatic medicine). Dr El-Khatib has served as the chairperson of the WV American Psychiatric Association for the past seven years, was the former president of the WV-APA, and is a Distinguished Fellow of the APA. In his free-time, he loves outdoors, hunting, photography, social media, computers, music, and reading.