Dr. Muhammad S. Tahir

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Specialty: Psychiatry

Hospital: Al Zahra Dubai

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.


● 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


● 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


· Psychotropic Medications

· Individual Psychotherapy

· Family Therapy

· Couples Therapy

· School Consultations

· Community Lectures

· Parent Guidance Groups

· Acute and Chronic Mental Illnesses


· 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