Salman Akhtar (born July 31, 1946 in Lucknow, India) is a psychoanalyst who also holds a professorship at the Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. Dr. Akhtar's business address is 833 Chestnut Street, Thomas Jefferson University, Psychiatry Suite 210, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Phone: (215) 955-8420 / email: Salman.Akhtar@jefferson.edu
He was educated at Colvin Taluqdars' College in Lucknow and Aligarh University before moving to Chandigarh where he completed his training in psychiatry. In 1973, he left for the U.S. and trained in psychoanalysis.
Akhtar is also a poet and published author; he has published 6 volumes of poetry in English and Urdu, and authored or edited more than 30 books on diverse topics in psychology, psychiatry, and psychoanalysis. He is a highly sought public speaker and has addressed audiences at Harvard, Yale, Brown, Emory, and other major universities as well as the United Nations.
He is the son of the renowned Urdu poet Jan Nisar Akhtar, brother of lyricist Javed Akhtar, uncle of Bollywood directors Zoya Akhtar and Farhan Akhtar, and father of Kabir Akhtar.
Dr. Akhtar is an expert in schizoid personality disorder and the author of "Schizoid Personality Disorder: A Synthesis of Developmental, Dynamic, and Descriptive Features." American Journal of Psychotherapy, 151:499-518, 1987.
Incidentally, Dr. Akhtar is a colleague of Murray Cohen, MD (Central High School, 1972), Director of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital's Trauma Division and its Surgical Intensive Care Unit.