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211 West 106th Street
Suite 1A
NY, NY 10025

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Phone: (917) 426-3611

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Aruna Khilanani, MD, MA

Focus of Practice: Forensic Psychiatry, Grief, Self Esteem, Racial Identity

I am a female academic psychiatrist who has taught at Cornell NYPH, and run a process group for resident physicians at Harlem Hospital. I have a private practice in Morningside Heights of Manhattan, devoted to the treatment of mental illness, psychopharmacology, and psychotherapy. I am also a psychoanalyst. Here, I treat high functioning individuals who have jobs and significant relationships, but may struggle in certain areas that impact their personal or professional lives. I am interested in people who feel they are ‘outsiders’ for various reasons, and people who have a story that has yet to be told.

What does this mean?  It may mean that I work with: –a woman who has strong negative feelings towards her baby or her husband that she is too ashamed to even acknowledge out loud to herself. —Or someone who struggles with creative blocks, procrastination, and difficulty engaging in their pursuits.

I completed a Masters of Humanities at the University of Chicago in critical theory, around issues of gender, race, sexuality, African American Studies, embodiment and class. Consequently, I have expertise in treating patients who may be curious about questions around their identity. Whiteness. Blackness. Mixed Ethnicity. Masculinity. Femininity. Sex. Identity.

  • Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago - 2006
  • Internship: New York University, Bellevue Hospital, Internship in Internal Medicine - 2007
  • Residencies:
    • NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital / Weill Cornell Medical Center, Residency in Psychiatry - 2010
  • Fellowships:
    • New York University, Bellevue Hospital Forensic Psychiatry,  - 2011
Special Achievements/Awards:
  • Arnold P. Gold Foundation: Gold Humanism Honor Society 2006
  • Golden Key Honors Society
Board Certifications:
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • Forensic Psychiatry (Psychiatry and Neurology)