Clinical Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship

weill cornell medicine addiction psychiatry fellowship

The Weill Cornell Medicine Clinical Addiction Psychiatry Fellowship is a one-year, ACGME-accredited fellowship program that focuses on the development of skills in clinical practice, scholarly work and education in substance use disorders. Each academic year, we accept three fellows to participate in our immersive training program, offering diverse settings, extensive curriculum, leadership experience, mentorship, scholarly presentation, paper publication and education experience.


Mentored patient care:

Following the supervision of our expert faculty, fellows learn top tier evidence-based addiction treatment for patients. Fellows have the opportunity to apply their learnings to a variety of patient settings, including acute and rehabilitative inpatient experiences, intensive outpatient programs and opioid replacement treatment programs.

Mentored research:

Scholarly activity and research are integral aspects of Weill Cornell Medicine’s base for providing breakthrough care. Our program incorporates both research skills to foster leading clinical scientists in addiction psychiatry. Along with a thorough series of seminars, each fellow conducts a research project to be presented to co-fellows and faculty at the end of the academic year.

Didactic curriculum:

The didactic curriculum consists of twice-weekly immersive seminars led by Weill Cornell Medicine faculty and guest lecturers. A comprehensive range of topics are covered, including an exploration of current events and innovations in addiction psychiatry.

In addition to traditional seminars, fellows participate in weekly faculty supervised group discussions on patient management and monthly journal club analyzing high-yield scholarly work. Scholarly articles may discuss novel pharmacological and psychosocial addiction treatments, neurobiological mechanisms of addiction, public health approaches to prevention and policy and more.

Utilizing all curriculum learnings, fellows will conduct a scholarly project to be presented to faculty at the end of the academic year.

Education training:

Faculty mentors work with fellows to develop teaching skills that prepare them to be leading educators in addiction psychiatry. During the academic year, fellows are given the opportunity to educate medical students and residents, following the guidance of Weill Cornell Medicine faculty.

Dr. Jonathan Avery would like to thank Robin Kellner and John Sicher for their support of the fellowship. Read more about their story.

Clinical Rotations

Fellows provide inpatient and outpatient care in a hybrid setting through a variety of programs and services including:

NewYork-Presbyterian Addiction Consult Service

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine Midtown Center for Treatment and Research

NewYork-Presbyterian Medication Assisted Treatment Outpatient Clinic

Vincent P. Dole Treatment and Research Institute for Opiate Dependency

Weill Cornell Medicine Center for Special Studies

Weill Cornell Medicine Center For Trauma and Addiction

Weill Cornell Medicine's unique fellowship offers the opportunity to engage with a breadth of community partners with a focus on dispelling the stigma of addiction. Our fellows get first-hand community experience with 12-step groups, Narcan training and treatment centers around New York City. Fellows are also exposed to non-traditional therapeutic community alternatives in collaboration with San Patrignano in Central Italy. All opportunities teach fellows to use a comprehensive approach to treating substance use disorder through community, structure and peer support.


Three fellows are accepted each academic year either through our program with our partner, NewYork-Presbyterian, (2 fellows) or through the Community Track Position with our affiliate, Lincoln Medical Center (1 fellow).

Applicants must have satisfactorily completed an ACGME-accredited general psychiatry residency program. In addition, we look for mature applicants who are flexible, self-motivated and proactive. We aspire to have a diverse and well-rounded class of fellows and encourage all individuals to apply.


A complete application to the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)* site is required and must include the following items:

  • Your application
  • Your personal statement
  • 3 letters of recommendation, including one from your training director and one from an attending psychiatrist who served as a direct clinical supervisor in the past year
  • Your official medical school transcript
  • An official copy of your MSPE (Medical School Performance Evaluation/Dean's Letter)
  • Your official USMLE score reports (Steps 1, 2, 3 or Equivalent)

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Contact Our Program

For questions regarding the selection and application process, please contact the training program manager, Shamila Dilmaghani, at

Weill Cornell Medicine/NewYork-Presbyterian Addiction Psychiatry Residency Training Program
Attn: Shamila Dilmaghani, Training Program Manager
525 E. 68th Street Box 140
New York, NY 10065

Fax: 212-746-5944

Program Leadership

Jonathan Avery, MD

Jonathan Avery, MD
Program Director and Vice Chair for Addiction Psychiatry

Mashal Khan, MD

Mashal Khan, MD
Associate Program Director

Rachel Knight, MD

Rachel Knight, MD 
Assistant Program Director

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