Meet Dr. Yavi

Board Certified Psychiatrist in Washington, DC

Mani Yavi, MD
Mani Yavi, MD

“I’m passionate about the understanding of the human mind. It is both wonderful and complex. My research focus is to better understand the biology of mood and the development of novel therapeutics. I’m dedicated to my patients and apply evidence based medicine to optimize their mental health.”


Board Certified Psychiatrist


Fellowship - National Institute of Mental Health

Residency - Saint Elizabeth Hospital, DC DBH - Psychiatry

Internship - SUNY Upstate Medical University - Internal Medicine

Medical school - SUNY Upstate Medical University

Undergraduate - University of California, Berkeley



Yavi M, Henter I, Park L, Zarate C. Key Considerations in the Pharmacological Management of Treatment-Resistant Depression.

Yahyavi M, Rubinchik Y, Lebel RR. Chapter 2: Biological and Genetic Determinants of Obesity. In: Silverman R, Obesity for OBGYN. 1st ed. McGraw-Hill; 2016.

Yahyavi M, Abouzeid H, Gawdat G, de Preux AS, Xiao T, Bardakjian T, Schneider A, Choi A, Jorgenson E, Baier H, El Sada M,

Schorderet DF, Slavotinek AM. ALDH1A3 loss of function causes bilateral anophthalmia/microphthalmia and hypoplasia of the optic nerve and optic chiasm. Hum Mol Genet. 2013 Aug 15;22(16):3250-8.

Slavotinek AM, Mehrotra P, Nazarenko I, Tang PL, Lao R, Cameron D, Li B, Chu C, Chou C, Marqueling AL, Yahyavi M, Cordoro

K, Frieden I, Glaser T, Prescott T, Morren MA, Devriendt K, Kwok PY. Focal facial dermal dysplasia, type IV, is caused by mutations in CYP26C1. Hum Mol Genet. 2013 Feb 15;22(4):696-703.

Slavotinek AM, Chao R, Vacik T, Yahyavi M, Abouzeid H, Bardakjian T, Schneider A, Shaw G, Sherr EH, Lemke G. VAX1 mutation associated with microphthalmia, corpus callosum agenesis, and orofacial clefting: the first description of a VAX1 phenotype in humans. Hum Mutat. 2012 Feb;33(2):364-8.

Jimenez NL, Flannick J, Yahyavi M, Li J, Bardakjian T, Tonkin L, Schneider A, Sherr EH, Slavotinek AM. Targeted 'next-generation' sequencing in anophthalmia and microphthalmia patients confirms SOX2, OTX2 and FOXE3 mutations. BMC Med Genet.2011 Dec 28;12:172

Slavotinek AM, Baranzini SE, Schanze D, Labelle-Dumais C, Short KM, Chao R, Yahyavi M, Bijlsma EK, Chu C, Musone S, Wheatley A, Kwok PY, Marles S, Fryns JP, Maga AM, Hassan MG, Gould DB, Madireddy L, Li C, Cox TC, Smyth I, Chudley AE, Zenker M. Manitoba-oculo-tricho-anal (MOTA) syndrome is caused by mutations in FREM1. J Med Genet. 2011 Jun;48(6):375-82.

Yavi M., Liu S., Clasen L, Lalonde F, Blumenthal J, Raznahan A. White matter abnormalities in the human brain of sex chromosome aneuploidies. ASHG 2019.

Yavi M. Philosophical Implications of the Rise of Neuromodulating Devices. Poster presentation 5/2019, APA 2019.

Yavi M. De-coding visual hallucinations through art therapy and exploration of the potential for virtual reality. Poster presentation 5/2018, APA 2018.

Yahyavi M. Left sided weakness with a rare onion-layered etiology. Poster presentation 3/2015, Upstate Medical University Research Symposium.


Academic/Research Positions

APA-RFM Resident Fellow Member Representative - 2019

Washington Psychiatric Society (WPS) Executive Board Member - 2019

Career Leadership & Mentorship Committee (CLM) of WPS, Chair - 2019

D.C. Psychiatric Society, Chapter of WPS, Steering Committee - 2020

D.C. Advocacy Committee of WPS - 2020

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