Specialist Psychiatry


Experience and Background

I am American Board Certified in Psychiatry and Neurology (ABPN) and qualified as a General (Adult) Psychiatrist. Before relocating to Dubai, in 2011, I served as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at New York Presbyterian Hospital, the University Hospital of Columbia, and Cornell University (USA). I also worked as an Assistant Unit Chief, leading the multidisciplinary treatment team at USA’s New York Presbyterian Hospital – Westchester Division. I completed my adult psychiatry residency training at Creedmoor Psychiatric Center (affiliated with Columbia University) and my child/adolescent psychiatry fellowship at Weill Cornell University Hospital in New York (USA).

In addition to my practical background, I have published numerous papers in American journals and participated on the peer review publication committee at Cornell–Westchester Division (New York). I have delivered lectures on a wide range of mental health topics, including depression and suicide, anxiety, schizophrenia, autism, ADHD, and psychosomatic disorders. I am trained in using evidence-based mental health treatment modalities, ranging from, but not limited to, psychotropic medications, individual psychotherapy,  family therapy, couples therapy, and play-group modalities for young children.

I greatly enjoy speaking in community informational lectures, providing on-site school consultations, and establishing guidance programs. I am proud to be cited often in print media and TV/Radio interviews. I am licensed in the UAE (Dubai Healthcare City and Dubai Health Authority) and the USA. I am fluent in English, Urdu, Punjabi, and Hindi.

Qualifications and Affiliations

  • Board Certified, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Adult in 2004 and certified in 2015.
  • Doctor of Medicine, The University of the State of New York, USA, August 2004
  • Bachelor of Science, The University of Punjab, Pakistan, 1992
  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery, Allama Iqbal Medical College, Pakistan, 1988

Doctor of Medicine License

  • Licensed by University of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan in 1988
  • Licensed as Doctor of Medicine and Surgery, New York in 2004
  • UAE – DHCA: Licensed as Specialist Psychiatrist by Dubai Healthcare City since 2011
  • UAE – DHA: Licensed as Consulting Psychiatrist by Dubai Health Authority in 2012

Service Areas

·        Psychotropic Medications

·        Individual Psychotherapy

·        Family Therapy

·        Couples Therapy

·        School Consultations

·        Community Lectures

·        Parent Guidance Groups

·        Acute and Chronic Mental Illnesses

·        ADHD

·        Schizophrenia

·        Bipolar disorder

·        Autistic Spectrum Disorders (including PDD)

·        School refusal

·        Defiant child

·        Hyperactive child

·        Child being bullied in the school

·        Anxious and depressed child

·        Teen stress and parents role

·        Autism and interaction with other children at home & school

·        Eating Disorder

·        Oppositional Defiant Disorder

·        Conduct Disorder

·        Psychotic Disorders

·        Impulse Control disorders

·        Anxiety Disorders

·        Panic Disorder

·        Phobias

·        Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

·        Conversion Disorders

·        Tic Disorder

·        Physical Symptoms of Mental Illness

·        Substance Abuse

·        Failing grades in school

·        behavior problem in children and adolescents

·        Depressed and anxious teen

·        Evaluation for children having Asperger

·        Counseling parents of a teenager

·        Child’s busy schedule