Dr. Ali Altahir, MD

Child & Adolescent PsychiatryMaleAge 52

Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Dr. Ali Altahir, MD is a Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Specialist in Alexandria, VA and has over 28 years of experience in the medical field. He graduated from University of Baghdad / College of Medcine in 1994. He is affiliated with Mary Washington Hospital. His office accepts new patients and telehealth appointments.

Dr. Ali Altahir, MD

Millennium Medical Center

3606 Forest Dr Alexandria, VA 22302
Accepting new patients
Telehealth services available

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(703) 373-7338
Telehealth services available

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Dr. Altahir's Top Procedures and Conditions

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Psychological Evaluations Prior to Bariatric Surgery
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Dr. Altahir performs Psychological Evaluations Prior to Bariatric Surgery more than 80% of his peers

Dr. Altahir performs this procedure more than 80% of his peers

ADHD and-or ADD
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Dr. Altahir treats ADHD and-or ADD more than 57% of his peers

Dr. Altahir treats this condition more than 57% of his peers

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Dr. Altahir treats Anxiety more than 31% of his peers

Dr. Altahir treats this condition more than 31% of his peers

Dr. Altahir's conditions and procedures:

  • ADHD and-or ADD
  • ADHD Testing
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Alcoholism (Alcohol Dependence)
  • Anxiety
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)
  • Autism
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Conduct Disorder
  • Depression
  • Depressive Disorders
  • Disruptive Behavior Disorders
  • Drug and Alcohol Dependence
  • Dysthymia (Chronic Depression)
  • Dysthymia and Cyclothymia (Mood Disorders)
  • Emotional Disturbances of Childhood and Adolescence
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Personality Disorders
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychological Evaluations Prior to Bariatric Surgery
  • Psychosis
  • Psychosis Due to Mental Illness
  • Reactive Attachment Disorder
  • Schizophrenia

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Dr. Altahir accepts the following insurance:

Aetna
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Anthem
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BlueCare-VA
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Platinum-VA PPO
Silver-VA PPO
The Local Choice-VA
Virginia Advantage
Virginia Basic
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
KeyCare PPO
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Blue Card PPO
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Dr. Altahir's Reviews

Likelihood to recommend Dr. Altahir

3.0

Based on 78 ratings

5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Star
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Doctor Altahir doesn't have time for his patients.
Dr. Altahir suggested that we stop one of my meds for a week and to call him if changes are needed. The change made me more tired and I started falling asleep at school. I sent several emails asking for a phone call to discuss my concerns and any medication changes needed to be made. The office staff said they would forward my email to him each time. One reply email from the office staff said, "Unfortunately, he doesn't do personal phone calls" and I can contact him through the patient portal. When I wrote back asking how the patient portal works, I was told, "Unfortunately, Dr. Altahir doesn't utilize patient portal", I could give them the message and they will forward it to the doctor. I wanted to talk to the doctor directly. I feel, the office staff does not need to know my business. I was told, "Dr. Altahir has a booked out schedule. There are lists of people who are also in the list for him to call." Long story short, he does not have time in his schedule for his patients.
What went well
  • Wait times
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Feb 05, 2022
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Horrible customer service and lack of professionalism at this practice. I was referred to Dr. Altahir by my daughter’s pediatrician, thus I felt comfortable in taking her for treatment. However, they don't answer the telephone nor return calls. The NP speaks so softly, one cannot understand her. Even after bringing it to her attention, she had the nerve to state that others have complained. My daughter was not to start a second medication until we received clearance from test results, after calling and calling I did not get a response for 6 days. Then when called back, a different prescription was prescribed. They tried to make it seem like I was confused. I refused to see the NP and would only see Dr. Altahir – I shared all of my concerns and stated that the only reason I was returning was because of the referral. He apologized, but still waiting for a response to an urgent request. Will not return and will certainly let my daughters pediatrician know not to make referrals!
What went well
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What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
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Donna – Oct 24, 2019
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Altahir is fine, but his staff is less than noteworthy. They do not pick up the phone at all.
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Mar 12, 2019
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Loved this place.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
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Feb 20, 2019
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Dr. Altahir is very kind and professional, he took his time to listen and understand his patient, his office is easy to deal with and respond fast for any inquiries.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Basheer in Sterling, VA – Sep 17, 2018
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The staff are incompetent. They NEVER return calls. My son has run out of medication several times because the script was written wrong or not sent or something went wrong. They are incapable of fixing things on a first try its frustrating and we will not be going back once I can find a new psychiatrist.
What went well
  • Wait times
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
8 people found this helpful
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Jul 30, 2018
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Dr. Altahir is my child's psychiatrist. I could not be more impressed with his work, mannerism, and professionalism. When we first called in and came for the visit, his office staff and the office manager was extremely helpful and nice. We felt comfortable very quickly and continue to be pleased with the service they provide. I highly recommend Dr. Altahir if you are looking for a child/adolescent help! This is the right place to go.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Mo in VA – Jun 27, 2018
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Excellent service really professional Doctor Who knows about his profession that’s what he’s
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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S Majeed in Woodbridge , VA – Jun 14, 2018
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The doctor is impossible to get in touch with and the front office staff is rude and not helpful. Our son was experiencing major side effects of the medication prescribed and we were unable to get ahold of the doctor to find out what to do for our son. Needless to say, we have since sought care elsewhere.
What went well
No results
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
6 people found this helpful
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K – Jun 11, 2018
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He’s rude. When I had my appointment with Dr. Altahir he seemed annoyed that I was taking so much of his time and was deeply offensive in asking me if I was transexual multiple times in different ways. I’ve never ever ever gotten that before. I have a males first name, but go by my middle name. I told him that I’m not trans, but he proceeded to ask me if my middle name was my legal middle name. That in itself was extremely concerning and to me, at least, showed a lack of professionalism.
What went well
  • Office environment
  • Wait times
What could be improved
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
6 people found this helpful
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Danielle in Alexandria, VA – May 28, 2018
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Excellent doctor.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Juan C. Arias (Minor 15) by Maribel Salcedo (Mothe in Alexandria, VA (Fall Church Office) – May 19, 2017
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I've been seeing Dr. Altahir for the past 2 years. What an excellent service he provides. Thank you so much Dr. You've made a big difference to my family. This provider is highly recommended.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Anne in Lorton, Va – Mar 05, 2017
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We saw this Dr. for approximately 9 months. He is rude! My son has severe ADHD as well as other conditions. This Dr. chastised my son more than once during office visits. He also started his treatment by stating that he is not here to provide therapy, just medication. It is difficult to get appointments with him. His office staff was ignorant.
What went well
  • Wait times
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
8 people found this helpful
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Manassas, VA – Feb 10, 2017
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Top notch! Dr. Altahir is a Psychiatrist and not a psychologist. Medication management is his field. Even saying that he listens attentively. They know what they are doing. He has a team that is qualified and accomplished. The office is very busy and Charity handles it very well considering all that is involved with the volume. I do recommend Dr. Altahir to all because I feel he is the best. I have tried other psychiatrists but they don't compare. Its like apples and oranges
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
4 people found this helpful
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N. Fields in Stafford, VA – Feb 08, 2017
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Dr. Altahir is highly qualified and receives my upmost recommendation. He is by far the most capable psychiatrist I have been associated with. He has served my family during a 10 year period of time without incident. His ethics are remarkable and because of his competence and knowledge, our family is confident that we receive the best care that is available from the mental health profession. He listens very carefully and attentively to our concerns and devises strategies that are effective.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
5 people found this helpful
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D. Carrington in Stafford, VA – Feb 07, 2017
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Dr. Altahir and Staff have been wonderful. Finding people to understand the struggle of finding the right medication that helps your child be successful with the challenges they face with ADHD and behavioral issues can be hard but they have been attentive and open to making changes to help us cope as a family and that I am thankful for!!
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
3 people found this helpful
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Alexandria, VA – Feb 04, 2017
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Dr. Altahir and Chris van Eyck are very knowledgable about the latest treatments for anxiety and depression in teens and adults. They don't just hand out medicine without listening carefully first. They take time to explain options and offer advice. I particularly appreciate the office staff who are always friendly and helpful. Charity, who handles the insurance, has worked hard on our behalf to get approval for our prescriptions, even though they were initially denied. Highly recommended.
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Falls Church, VA – Jan 26, 2017
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Dr. Altahir is a very nice man but the rest of his staff is downright awful. My insurance didn't allow me to see anyone else in the area and after almost a year, Im done. The receptionists are incredibly rude, they don't answer your messages (needed a refill, called far enough ahead and they never returned my call) or even the phone and their policies are militant. Though it helps the schedule run smoothly it lends no consideration to the patient and their time with the Dr. Poor care all around
What went well
  • Wait times
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
8 people found this helpful
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Stafford, VA – Jan 25, 2017
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This office is very unprofessional from the scheduling process to the care provided. Not only did my child never get to see Dr. Altahir, which was our initial preference, but my child ended up seeing a practitioner who virtually herded my child in like sheep for 10 minute evaluations/consultations after peddling medication as the only option of care. Additionally this practitioner was very unprofessional by discussing adult issues with my minor child unrelated to the parameters of patient care.
What went well
  • Wait times
What could be improved
  • Difficult to schedule appointment
  • Office environment
  • Staff wasn't friendly
  • Appointment was rushed
  • Didn't listen or answer questions
  • Didn't explain conditions well
  • Didn't trust the provider's decisions
4 people found this helpful
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Woodbridge, VA – Jan 20, 2017
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During the past three years, two of my teenage children have required psychiatric medications. When things are going well, appointments are short (just a status check before refilling prescriptions) but longer if med changes are required. Dr. Altahir typically asks the child how things are going and then discusses concerns of the parent. Our children also have weekly therapy appointments with other professionals. I'm extremely satisfied with the services Dr. Altahir provides
What went well
  • Appointment scheduling
  • Office environment
  • Staff friendliness
  • Wait times
  • Appointment wasn't rushed
  • Listened & answered questions
  • Explained conditions well
  • Trusted the provider's decisions
What could be improved
No results
2 people found this helpful
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Doug in Manassas, VA – Dec 13, 2016
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About Me

Care Philosophy

I am a child and adolescent psychiatrist, I conduct full psychiatric evaluations with children, adolescents, and adults. I have experience in the treatment...Read more

Specialties

  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry

Board Certifications

  • Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry

Education

2005
Pennstate Univ-Hershey Med Ctr
Fellowship Hospital
2003
Virginia Commonwealth Univ VCU/MCV
Residency Hospital
2001
Medical College Of Virginia
Internship Hospital
2001
Virginia Commonwealth Univ VCU/MCV
Internship Hospital
1994
University of Baghdad / College of Medcine
Medical School
1994
University of Baghdad / College of Medcine
Undergraduate School
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Languages

  • English
  • Arabic

Awards

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Does Dr. Ali Altahir, MD offer telehealth services?

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What are Dr. Ali Altahir, MD's top areas of care?

Dr. Altahir frequently treats Psychological Evaluations Prior to Bariatric Surgery , ADHD and-or ADD, and Anxiety. See all procedures and conditions Dr. Altahir treats.

Where is Dr. Ali Altahir, MD's office located?

Dr. Altahir's office is located at 3606 Forest Dr, Alexandria, VA 22302. Find other locations and directions on Healthgrades.

What languages does Dr. Ali Altahir, MD speak?

Dr. Altahir speaks Arabic and English. View profile to see all.

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Locations

Millennium Medical Center

Millennium Medical Center3606 Forest Dr Alexandria, VA 22302
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Altahir Behavioral Health And TMS

Altahir Behavioral Health And TMS239 Garrisonville Rd Ste 201 Stafford, VA 22554
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Altahir Behavioral Health PLC

Altahir Behavioral Health PLC231 Garrisonville Rd Ste 205 Stafford, VA 22554
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Practice

6319 Castle Pl Ste 3D Falls Church, VA 22044
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Affiliated Hospitals

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Mary Washington Hospital

Fredericksburg, VA

66% Patients that would definitely recommend, 4% lower than the national average

6 Awards Received