Mohammad Abu-Salha, MD, ABPN, FAPA

Mohammad Abu-Salha

Dr. Abu-Salha founded Johnston Psychiatric Associates in March 2006. Dr. Abu-Salha is Board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is also a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. He commands a long experience in the field of general psychiatry and sees patients of all ages starting with Pre-K. Dr. Abu-Salha enjoys a great experience in treating Mood Disorders including Bipolar Disorder. He also has a great interest in Adult and Child ADHD, Anxiety Disorders, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, personality disorders and impulse control disorders to mention a few.

Dr. Abu-Salha enjoys co-managing his patients with their primary care physicians and when appropriate coordinates patients' care with hospitals and other specialists.

Dr. Abu-Salha graduated with an MBChB from the University of Basrah, Iraq. He worked as a general practitioner in Iraq, Kuwait and in his country of Origin, Jordan. After moving to the USA, Dr. Abu-Salha attended and graduated his residency training in psychiatry at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk Virginia. He is forever grateful to his professors who offered him and other residents an excellent and eclectic training with a bio-psycho-social approach to psychiatry. In his last year of residency, Dr. Abu-Salha was appointed as chief resident and clinical instructor for residents and medical students. He was also awarded the Resident Research Award and presented at national and regional conferences. In 1998 Dr. Abu-Salha and his family moved to Clinton, North Carolina where he worked in Community Mental Health. Before starting his private practice "Johnston Psychiatric Associates" he worked as a medical director for Eastpointe Human Services, the agency managing Mental Health in four South Eastern NC counties. While in private practice, Dr. Abu-Salha also served as a medical director for the inpatient psychiatric program at Duplin general Hospital in Kenanseville, NC 2004 – 2006 and also as a Medical director for the inpatient psychiatric program at Johnston Medical center, Smithfield, NC. 2006-2011.

Believing that appropriate medications are just part of his patients' treatment, Dr. Abu-Salha enriched his practice with nine talented, experienced and dedicated therapists.

Dr. Abu-Salha derives great support from his beloved wife, Amira, who helps him manage the practice and they both were blessed with three wonderful children. Their two late daughters Yusor and Razan fell victims of a Hate Crime in the Chapel Hill Shooting on February 10, 2015 together with their beloved late son in law, Deah Barakat. Yusor was the 21 and six weeks married to Deah. Razan was 19 when they passed. Dr. Abu-Salha and his wife Amira are grateful for having their only son, Yousef, who is a medical student at UNC School of Medicine.

Dr. Abu-Salha enjoys reading, travel, sightseeing, museums, art, fine movies, fine cuisine, history, Politics, nature and spirituality.

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  • Psychiatric Evaluations
  • Medication Management
  • Ten Licensed Therapists
  • Treatment from Age 4

Office Hours

Mon-Thurs 9AM-6PM
Friday 9AM-3PM

Phone (919) 550-3323
Fax (919) 550-3379