Amir Afkhami, M.D., Ph.D.

Vice Dean for Clinical Affairs
The George Washington University

Fellowship Profile

Fellowship Year: 2013-2014
Fellowship Placement: Sen Stabenow (D-MI)
Sponsoring Institution: National Academy of Medicine
Disciplines / Professions: Psychiatry, Public Health


Amir A. Afkhami is an assistant professor with joint appointments in psychiatry and global health at The George Washington University School of Medicine and School of Public Health and Health Services. He is also a lecturer at the Naval Post Graduate School’s Leader Development and Education for Sustained Peace Program and the Department of Defense’s Joint Counterintelligence Training Academy (JCITA). Afkhami is also a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations. His work focuses on the intersection of diplomacy and international development particularly on the role of psychiatric education and the mental health consequences of conflict.

Afkhami planned and led the implementation of the State Department funded Iraq Mental Health Initiative to rebuild Iraq’s mental health delivery capabilities. He also authored a psychosocial treatment manual as part of USAID’s Afghanistan Civilian Assistance Program (ACAP-II).

Afkhami received his MD from The George Washington University, his PhD from Yale University, his MA in the history of medicine and science from Yale, along with two other Yale master’s degrees in history and philosophy. He holds an interdisciplinary Echols Scholar BA with concentrations in biochemistry and history from the University of Virginia. Following his internship in internal medicine at Yale New Haven Hospital, Afkhami went on to perform his residency in psychiatry at the New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Department of Psychiatry.