Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine and Director of Palliative Care Research for the NYU Cancer Anxiety Psilocybin Research Project

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ABSTRACT: This presentation will review the existential and psycho-spiritual distress in persons with advanced cancer and at the end of life and present the NYU Psilocybin Cancer Anxiety Research Study, an FDA approved clinical trial that is currently investigating the efficacy of a psilocybin induced mystical experience treatment model with cancer patients.

BIOGRAPHY: Dr. Bossis is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at New York University School of Medicine and a clinical researcher at the NYU Bluestone Center For Clinical Research. He is co-principal investigator, Director of Palliative Care Research, and a session guide for the NYU Psilocybin Cancer Anxiety Research Project. He is a supervisor of psychotherapy at Bellevue Hospital – NYU Medical Center and the co-founder and former co-director of the Bellevue Hospital Palliative Care Service. He is a Diplomate of the American Academy of Pain Management and a member of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Care. Dr. Bossis is the co-author (with Drs. C. Grob and R. Griffiths) of the recent chapter, “Use of the Classic Hallucinogen Psilocybin for Treatment of Existential Distress Associated with Cancer” in Psychological Aspects of Cancer (Springer, 2013). Dr. Bossis maintains a private psychotherapy practice in New York City.

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