About Amir Afkhami

Amir Afkhami, MD, PhD is board-certified in Psychiatry.  He is an associate professor and the Associate Director of Psychiatry Residency Training with the George Washington School of Medicine & Health Sciences. He holds a joint appointment in the Departments of Psychiatry and Behavior Sciences and the Department of Global Health.  Prior to joining GWU in 2007, he was a lecturer in the global history of public health at Yale University. He has also been an advisor to the U.S. State Department, the U.S. military, and the World Bank on issues pertaining to public health and mental health.

Among his awards are the Shyrock Medal, the Pfizer Prize in the History of Medicine, and the Pressman-Burroughs Wellcome Award.  He has also received 'Psychiatrist of the Year for 2010' from The Washington Psychiatric Society, as well as, the 'Medical Humanitarian' and 'Distinguished Public Health Awards' from the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq. 

Bridging the worlds of patient care and global public health delivery, Dr. Afkhami planned and helped with the implementation of the State Department funded Iraq Mental Health Initiative which seeks to rebuild Iraq's mental health delivery system.

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