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Nabil Kotbi, MD is the chief of “The Haven” and inpatient psychiatric unit at the Westchester Division of NYP. This unit specializes in assessing and treating patients with complex psychiatric, neurological, medical and substance use disorder co-morbidities. The “Haven” treats patients across a broad developmental lifespan from young adults to the elderly and attracts a local, national and international patient base due to its focus on individualized patient care within a culturally sensitive framework.

Dr Kotbi is also the chief of the addiction and rehabilitation unit at NYP Westchester campus. This unit  specializes in the treatment of individuals suffering from primary alcohol and substance use disorders in addition to co-occurring psychiatric and substance use disorders.

Dr Kotbi is quadruple board Certified:- American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology- American Board of Psychosomatic Medicine- American Board of Geriatric Psychiatry - American Board of Addiction Medicine

He is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry. His clinical expertise and interests are broad and include affective disorders, treatment resistant depression, addiction disorders, personality disorders,  ECT and rTMS.

He also serves a consultant for NYP international/Global services

He is the associate program director of Geriatric Psychiatry fellowship at Cornell.

Dr Kotbi has received numerous awards and published several peer reviewed articles.

He gave academic lectures at the national and international levels.

He maintains a clinical psychiatric practice through the Weill Cornell Physicians Organization and specializes in the treatment of affective disorders, treatment-resistant depression, addiction and personality disorders.

Biographical Info

Nabil Kotbi is licensed psychiatrist and an Associate Professor of Psychiatry. He is board certified in  General Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, Preventive Medicine and Addiction Medicine. He graduated “summa cum laude” from the Casablanca School of Medicine, Hassan II University, Morocco in 1996. He completed his residency at SUNY Downstate Medical Center where he was named Resident of the Year twice and served as Chief Resident for two years. He subsequently completed a selective fellowship in Geriatric Psychiatry in 2006 at New York-Presbyterian, Westchester Division, under the direction of Dr. George Alexopoulos, director of the Weill Cornell Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry.

In 2007, he was appointed Chief of “The Haven” a specialized inpatient unit the Weill Cornell Medicine/NYP Westchester Campus. In this capacity, he is an expert diagnostician who tailors interventions to patients experiencing complex co-morbidities including psychiatric, neurological, medical and addiction disorders. The Haven and its staff of interdisciplinary professionals treats patients across a broad developmental lifespan from young adults to the elderly and is a sought out treatment destination for patients of local, national and international locales. Under the direction of Dr. Kotbi, the Haven has grown to acclaim for its focus on highly individualized patient care within a culturally sensitive framework. Dr. Kotbi developed a comprehensive patient approach in collaboration with his clinical treatment team, which includes diagnostic assessment, evidence-based psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacologic treatment and collaborative care planning.

In 2010, Dr. Kotbi was also appointed Unit Chief of the Addiction Recovery and Rehabilitation unit of the Weill Cornell Medicine/NYP Westchester Campus, which specializes in the treatment of individuals suffering from primary substance use disorders. 

In addition to his clinical responsibilities, Dr. Kotbi is actively involved in academic and clinical training. He is a clinical training supervisor of medical students at the clerkship level, adult psychiatry residents and geriatric psychiatry fellows; he is the associate training director of the geriatric psychiatry fellowship program. His teaching and research activities are interdisciplinary. He serves as an instructor of specialized seminars focused on the neurobiology of addiction and intervention techniques for patients with addiction and within the geriatric fellowship track, and teaches an advanced geriatric psychiatry lecture series (including topics such as late-life depressive disorders, geriatric psychopharmacology including drug-drug interactions, and psychodynamic considerations in diagnosis and treatment planning). He also contributes to the education of nursing staff and others by regularly presenting on evidence-based treatments related to psychiatric and addiction related disorders, psychosocial interventions and psychopharmacological agents.

Dr Kotbi has been active in clinical research since he joined the faculty at Weill Cornell Medicine. He was a co-investigator in studies of psychotic depression and late-life affective disorders and trials on the long term effects of ECT as a research clinician. His role within these protocols is primarily that of a research clinician.  He has published in several journals on topics related to affective disorders in older adults, and he has mentored medical trainees in the practice of publishing on a variety of complex cases at the junction of medico-psychiatric-addiction related topics.

Dr. Kotbi maintains a clinical psychiatric practice through the Weill Cornell Physicians Organization and specializes in the treatment of affective disorders, treatment-resistant depression, addiction and personality disorders. Dr. Kotbi has also been serving as a clinical consultant to The International Service at NYP (Cornell and Columbia Medical Schools) where he provides individualized, culturally sensitive care (he is fluent in English, French and Arabic) to international Arabic or French speaking patients admitted across hospital sites.

Professional affiliations include active membership in the American Psychiatric Association, the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry, and the American Society of Addiction Medicine. He has received numerous honors and awards in the past including a 2005 NCDEU NIMH New Investigator Award. He has been interviewed by the New York Times and other media channels on topics across his areas of expertise.

Honors and Awards

2014          Top Neuro Psychopharmacologist  in New York
                 Leading Physician of The World
                 Awarded by The International Association of Health Professionals

2013          Marty Mann Award
                 National Counsel of Alcohol and Drug Dependence (NCADD)

2012          Scholar- Weill Cornell Medical College New York, NY

2012          America’s Top Psychiatrists
                 Affective and Anxiety Disorders

2011          Planetree Physician Champion Award
                 Planetree Annual Conference, Nashville, TN

2011          Physician of the Year Award
                 New York Presbyterian Hospital-Payne Whitney Westchester

2010          America’s Top Psychiatrists

2008          Nominated for Physician of the Year Award
                 New York Presbyterian Hospital-Payne Whitney Westchester

2007          Awarded Junior Teacher of the Year in Psychiatry
                 SUNY Downstate Psychiatry Residency Program

2005          New Investigator Award/New Clinical Drug Evaluation Unit
                 National Institute of Mental Health
                 NCDEU conference, Boca Raton, Florida

2005          First Place in the 2005 Resident’s Paper Session
                 American Psychiatric Association
                 Kings County District Branch

2004- 2005   Senior Chief Resident
                    SUNY Downstate Medical Center

2005            SUNY Downstate Resident of the Year Award in Psychiatry

2003 - 2004   Associate Chief Resident in Psychiatry
                     SUNY Downstate Medical Center

2003            SUNY Downstate Resident of the Year Award

Board Certifications
American Board of Addiction Medicine
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Geriatric Psychiatry)
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Psychiatry)
American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology (Psychosomatic Medicine)
Clinical Expertise
Psychosomatic Disorder
Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT)
General Psychiatry
Affective Disorder
  • M.D.
    University of Casablanca, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy (Morocco)
  • Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
    Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Associate Attending Psychiatrist
    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital

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