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Dr. Haydeh Esmaili, MD, FAPA


Dr. Haydeh Esmaili is a Board Certified / Full Speciality Class psychiatrist who has expertise and experience treating different age groups in both the USA and Canada. She is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia and recently joined the North Shore Stress and Anxiety Clinic.

Dr. Esmaili completed six years of medical school at Meshhad University in Iran. She completed the last year of medical school which was a rotating internship at Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital in Johnstown, Pennsylvania. She completed her psychiatric residency at Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) where she was also a chief resident. While at EVMS, Dr. Esmaili completed a Research Fellowship working with victims of sexual abuse, mostly children and adolescents. She also completed a two-year family therapy certificate program at the family therapy institute at EVMS.

After completing her psychiatric training, she started working in Suffolk, Virginia, where she became the founder and medical director of the Suffolk Psychiatric Group, a multidisciplinary clinic composed of psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and counselors. While at the Suffolk Psychiatric Group, she treated children, adolescents, adults and geriatric patients. She was also the medical director of the partial hospitalization program at Louise Obici Memorial Hospital from 1995-1998. She continued with her clinical work, including being a consultant/speaker for various pharmaceutical companies and teaching health professionals about the diagnosis and treatment of Anxiety, Depression, ADHD and Dementia, until she moved to Comox, BC, in 2010. Dr Esmaili practiced inpatient and outpatient psychiatry at St. Joseph's Hospital from June 2010 until November 2014 when she moved to Vancouver to be closer to family.

Dr. Esmaili uses a variety of different treatment modalities, including medications, to reduce pain and suffering in individuals who have emotional problems. At this point in her career, her special interest is to empower and heal her patients by diagnosing their difficulties and working with them to focus on their abilities and potential.  

Dr Esmaili enjoys spending time with family and friends, nature and outdoor activities, writing poetry and playing penny whistle.