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Amir Garakani, MD, DFAPA

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Amir Garakani, MD, DFAPA

Mailing Address

  • Silver Hill Hospital

    208 Valley Road

    New Canaan, CT, 06840

    United States


Dr. Garakani is currently Director of Education at Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, CT. He is Board-Certified in Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry and Addiction Medicine. He received his B.A. in Classics (Latin), cum laude, with Distinction in All Subjects, from Cornell University, and his M.D. from the SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY, where he won the AMA Rock Sleyster Scholarship. He completed his psychiatry residency at the Mount Sinai Medical Center and a research fellowship at the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Garakani also completed a fellowship in Forensic Psychiatry at New York University Medical Center. He has won several awards including the American Psychiatric Association (APA)/Lilly Resident Research Award, APA – NY County District Branch Resident Research Award, and travel awards from the Anxiety Disorders Association of America and Society of Biological Psychiatry. He also was an APA/GlaxoSmithKline Leadership Fellow and a Fellow of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry. He has participated in NIMH-funded research and is first or co-author on over 50 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters. He has taught classes to Mount Sinai residents on psychopharmacology, phenomenology, neuroscience and forensic psychiatry, and supervised psychiatry residents and medical students. He also maintains a faculty appointment at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He previously was elected to the Executive Council of the APA NY County District Branch. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Member of the American College of Psychiatrists. He is also a member of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry. He maintains a private practice in New Canaan, CT.

Education & Training

  • Fellow in Forensic Psychiatry
    New York University Medical Center (2015)
  • Resident in Psychiatry
    Mount Sinai Medical Center (2015)
  • MD
    SUNY Upstate Medical University (2002)
  • BA
    Cornell University (1998)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
MemberAmerican College of Psychiatrists2020
Distinguished FellowshipAmerican Psychiatric Association2017
Clinical Trials Workshop Travel GrantAmerican Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology2009
Resident Research Award, 3rd PrizeAmerican Psychiatric Association - New York County District Branch2008
Lilly Resident Research AwardAmerican Psychiatric Association2007
Travel Scholarship AwardSociety of Biological Psychiatry2007
Loan Repayment AwardNational Institute of Health2006
Resident Research AwardMount Sinai School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry2006
Resident Research Award, Honorable MentionAmerican Psychiatric Association - New York County District Branch2006
Fellowship AwardGroup for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP)2005, 2007
GlaxoSmithKline Leadership Fellowship AwardAmerican Psychiatric Association2004, 2006
Research Colloquium for Junior InvestigatorsAmerican Psychiatric Association2004
Resident Research Award, 1st PrizeAmerican Psychiatric Association - New York County District Branch2004
Trainee Travel AwardAnxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA)2004
Marc H. Hollender, M.D. Psychiatry AwardSUNY Upstate Medical University2002
Rock Sleyster ScholarshipAmerican Medical Association2001
Stanley M. Kaplan Medical Student Essay Contest, Best Scientific Paper, 2nd PrizeUniversity of Cincinnati, Department of Psychiatry2001
Bruce Dearing Writing Award, 2nd PrizeSUNY Upstate Medical University2001
Bruce Dearing Writing Award, 1st PrizeSUNY Upstate Medical University2000
Bruce Dearing Writing Award, 1st PrizeSUNY Upstate Medical University1999
cum laude, With Distinction in All SubjectsCornell University, College of Arts and Sciences1998

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