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Dr. William Breitbart

William Breitbart, MD, FAPA, FAPM, FAPOS

Chairman, Jimmie C. Holland Chair in Psychiatric Oncology

Chairman and Chief, Psychiatry Service, & Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, NYC, USA

Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Founding Member, American Psycho-Oncology Society (APOS)

Former President, International Psycho-Oncology Society (IPOS)

Former President, Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine

Editor-in-Chief, Palliative and Supportive Care

Dr. William Breitbart’s Biography

William Breitbart, M.D. is Chairman, The Jimmie C Holland Chair in Psychiatric Oncology, and Chief of the Psychiatry Service, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), New York, NY. Dr. Breitbart is also Attending Psychiatrist, Palliative Medicine Service, Department of Medicine at MSKCC, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Medical College of Cornell University.

He received the 2003 Research Award from the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, the 2007 Donald Oken Award from the American Psychosomatics Society, the 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Liaison Psychiatry, the 2009 Arthur Sutherland Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Psycho-oncology Society, the 2009 Willet F. Whitmore Award for Clinical Excellence, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Breitbart was the 2011 recipient of the Thomas Hackett Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, and the 2013 recipient of the Jimmie Holland Award from the American Psychosocial Oncology Society. Dr Breitbart is a Past President of the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, as well as the International Psycho-oncology Society

Dr. Breitbart's research efforts have focused on psychiatric aspects of cancer and palliative care. His most recent efforts have focused on Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for cancer patients. Dr. Breitbart has over 350 peer review publications, chapters and review papers. In addition, Dr. Breitbart has edited/written 10 textbooks including: Psycho-oncology - 1st, 2nd and 3rd Editions (co-editor with Dr. Jimmie Holland); and treatment manuals on Meaning-Centered Group Psychotherapy in Advanced Cancer Patients, and Individual Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for Advanced Cancer Patients. Dr. Breitbart is Editor-in-Chief, of Cambridge University Press’ international palliative care journal entitled, “Palliative & Supportive Care.” He helped establish IPOS Press.

Confronting Our Mortality: A Crisis of Spirit, an Opportunity for Meaning

Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for Cancer Patients


COLLABORATION WITH Dr. Dezelic and Dr. Ghanoum:

Meaning, Creativity, Attitude: Creating Your Soul in Every Moment

Foreword by Dr. William Breitbart in

Meaning-Centered Therapy Manual: Logotherapy & Existential Analysis Brief TherapyProtocol for Group & Individual Sessions, 8 Session Format

(Meaning-Centered Therapy Manual: Logotherapy & Existential Analysis Brief Therapy Protocol for Group &Individual Sessions, Dezelic & Ghanoum, 2015, p.103-104)

Meaning-Centered Therapy Manual - Dr Marie Dezelic

“Meaning, Creativity, Attitude: Creating Your Soul in Every Moment”

Drs. Dezelic and Ghanoum are long time collaborators who have dedicated much of their work, as Logotherapists and mental health practitioners, to the advancement of the practice of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis, and what many of us now refer to as “Meaning-Centered” psychotherapy and counseling approaches, applied to a wide range of patient problems and populations. This latest manual collaboration represents the ever–evolving creative processes of Marie and Gabriel, as they both integrate and innovate the newest concepts of existential and meaning-centered approaches that are now enriching the field of Logotherapy. It will be clear and obvious to clinicians who utilize this manual in their practice that creativity is at the heart of this intense and authentic project. The concepts and illustrations are bursts of imaginative new perspectives on a field that is now more than 60 years old. Creativity is at the heart and soul of this project and the meaning-centered approach to counseling that it presents.“Creative” sources of meaning are especially important resources for Continue Reading here...

Dr. William Breitbart’s Books:

Author of

~ Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy in the Cancer Setting: Meaning and Hope in the Face of Suffering

~ Meaning-Centered Group Psychotherapy for Patients with Advanced Cancer: A Treatment Manual

~ Individual Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy for Patients with Advanced Cancer: A Treatment Manual

~ Psychosocial Palliative Care

~ Handbook of Psychiatry in Palliative Medicine

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