The University of New Mexico's IDEAS in Psychiatry welcomes William S. Breitbart, international leader in care and research for the terminally ill, to Albuquerque for a free public presentation as part of its "We Need to Talk" lecture series. Using examples from his work at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Breitbart will speak on "Confronting Our Mortality: A Crisis of Spirit, an Opportunity for Meaning," on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 6:30 p.m. at the UNM Continuing Education auditorium, 1634 University Blvd. NE.

KOAT-TV's Barry Ramo will interview Breitbart on stage after the lecture.

Board-certified in internal medicine, psychiatry and psychosomatic medicine, Breitbart focuses the majority of his clinical work and research on the area where medicine and psychiatry meet: psychosomatic medicine. He developed and is applying methods to help terminally ill cancer patients sustain meaning and improve their spiritual well-being in whatever time remains of their lives, no matter how short. Currently vice chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Breitbart has served as its chief since 1996. He is also professor of psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College. He continues to see patients, couples and families.

Breitbart helped establish the American Psycho-Oncology Society and has served as president of both the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and the International Psycho-Oncology Society. He received many awards including the 2011 Hackett Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine and the 2009 Arthur Sutherland Award for Lifetime Achievement from the International Psycho-Oncology Society. Breitbart has an extensive publishing history and is editor-in-chief of the international journal Palliative and Supportive Care.

IDEAS in Psychiatry presents the free "We Need to Talk" series to educate the public about mental illness, psychiatry and scientific research.

Reservations are recommended. To register, visit IDEASinPsychiatry.unm.edu or call (505) 272-3592.

Story by and Media Contact: Pari Noskin, (505) 272-8879.