Jimmy N. Avari, M.D.
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Jimmy N. Avari, M.D.


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Not Accepting New Patients
Gender: Male
Language: English


Personal Statement

My goal, as a psychiatrist with expertise in geriatric psychiatry and addiction medicine, is to provide meaningful and evidence-based psychotherapeutic and/or pharmacologic interventions to those in need.

I am fortunate to collaborate with a world renowned group of multidisciplinary specialists to help promote a multifaceted treatment plan for my patients, including other psychiatrists, psychotherapists and neuropsychologists.

Specialties and Expertise


  • Psychiatry
  • Adult Psychiatry
  • Geriatric Psychiatry


  • Mood Disorder
  • Schizophrenia
  • Depressive Disorder
  • Depression
  • Addiction Medicine
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Substance Use Disorder
  • Neurocognitive Disorder
  • ECT (Electroconvulsive Therapy)
  • Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)


Jimmy N Avari, M.D., is currently an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine and an Assistant Attending Psychiatrist in the Department of Psychiatry at Payne Whitney Westchester of New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Medical College of Cornell University. Dr. Avari is the Training Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program and the Associate Residency Training Director of the Adult Psychiatry Residency.

Dr. Avari completed his psychiatry residency at Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center, where he was selected as Chief Resident. He then completed his Geriatric Psychiatry fellowship at NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Dr. Avari is a well-recognized educator having served as the Training Director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program and the Assistant Residency Training Director of the Adult Psychiatry Residency since 2014-2020. From 2020- 2021, Dr. Avari served as the Interim Residency Training Director of the Adult Psychiatry Residency, while continuing his role as the Geriatric Psychiatry Fellowship Program Director. Since 2014, Dr. Avari has also been involved in individual and group mentoring programs of residents, fellows and junior faculty members.

Dr. Avari’s clinical practice is primarily as an inpatient psychiatrist on the Addiction Recovery Service and the “Haven,” a general psychiatry unit that treats patients from an affluent socioeconomic background with a variety of psychiatric disorders. Dr. Avari was a leader in the planning and development of the NewYork Presbyterian - Westchester Behavioral Health Center Psychiatric Intensive Care Unit- an inpatient psychiatry unit designed to provide intensive assessment and comprehensive treatment to individuals during the most acute phase of a serious mental illness

Dr. Avari’s clinical research focusses on the development of novel treatments of late-life psychiatric disorders. He has worked with the Weill Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry since 2010.

Dr. Avari has written extensively and published in many journals, including the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Academic Psychiatry. He has also written many book chapters and presented his work at many domestic and   international conferences.

Dr. Avari is actively involved in many national psychiatric societies, including the American Psychiatric Association, the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry and the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training.



Board Certifications

  • American Board of Addiction Medicine
  • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology
  • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology
  • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Geriatric Psychiatry)

Clinical and Academic Positions

  • Associate Attending Psychiatrist - NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry - Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

Education and Training

  • M.D., Ross University School of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine (Dominica, WI), 2006
  • B.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook, 2001


Insurance Plans Accepted

The following represents most of the managed care plans accepted by this doctor. If your insurance carrier does not appear here please contact the doctor’s office as they may have individual contracts not included on this site.

* indicates this doctor is no longer accepting new patients with this insurance plan.

  • Aetna - Weill Cornell - POS
  • Aetna-NYP - EPO/POS
  • Rockefeller University - Trustmark

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