Dr. Muhammad S. Tahir

Dr. Muhammad S. Tahir

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

I strongly believe that, when we have a balance of healthy self-perception and behavior, wellness, success, and satisfaction often follow.


Our patient-centered approach at the American Wellness Center promotes this balance and provides support to patients throughout, helping them achieve those positive outcomes.

Our clinic model boasts a team of practitioners qualified in American-style healthcare, and I am proud to lead them. We are bringing Dubai ethical and evidence-based medical care in hopes of promoting positive mental and whole-body health.

My qualifications, achieved through New York’s renown Columbia University, combined with my personal and practical experiences living a multicultural life, enables me to help all those in need. I enjoy working with people from all cultures and walks of life, and giving them my best in assessing their mental health, diagnosing conditions, and providing treatment.

My 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, cognitive behavior therapy, 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.

Service Areas

  • Psychotropic Medications
  • Individual Psychotherapy
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • 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

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