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Joanne Ahola MD, PC

Dr. Ahola received her B.A. in Comparative Literature and completed pre-medical studies at Brown University. She received her M.D. in 1982 from Stony Brook University. She completed her residency and chief residency in psychiatry at the New York Presbyterian Hospital and the New York State Psychiatric Institute, following that with work in community psychiatry and private practice while supervising residents and teaching medical students at Columbia, where she was on the voluntary faculty as an Assistant Clinical Professor for thirty years. She has maintained her private practice in psychiatry in Manhattan for more than thirty years, combining psychotherapy and psychopharmacology with integrative approaches and close collaboration with other holistic practitioners.


In 2000, Dr. Ahola joined the volunteer Asylum Network of Physicians for Human Rights. She has evaluated many survivors of torture and other human rights abuses. She has trained health professionals and students around the U.S. in this work. In 2012, Dr. Ahola received a Mastery Certificate in Global Mental Health: Trauma and Recovery from Harvard University.  She has published on the mental health challenges of LGBT asylum seekers and the teaching of human rights issues. In 2010, Dr. Ahola assisted in founding the Weill Cornell Center for Human Rights and served as a Medical Director and Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry. After serving for five years as a medical director, Dr. Ahola is currently Medical Director Emeritus and continues on the clinic faculty. Aside from her many accolades, Dr. Ahola delights in all that life in NYC has to offer and spending time with her family and friends and finding new vegetarian and gluten free restaurants.

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