Calendar of Event
 Event Title: Spiegel Award: Culture, Dissociation, and Psychiatric (Mis)diagnosis
 Date: 3/6/2009      Time: 11:00 - 12:30
Place: NYS Psychiatric Institute - 1051 Riverside Drive - 1st Flr Auditorium

Speaker: Roberto Lewis-Fernandez, MD
Director, NYS Cultural Competence Center of Excellence and the Hispanic Treatment Program
New York State Psychiatric Institute and
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University

Description: *Adult Psychiatry Grand Rounds*

Roberto Lewis-FernŠndez, M.D. is Director of the NYS Cultural Competence Center of Excellence and the Hispanic Treatment Program at New York State Psychiatric Institute, Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University, and Lecturer on Social Medicine at Harvard University. He received his B.A. from Harvard College in 1979, a Masterís Degree in comparative religion from Harvard Divinity School in 1982, and his M.D. from Yale Medical School in 1986. He obtained his psychiatric training at The Cambridge Hospital (1986-90) and completed a Dupont-Warren psychiatric research fellowship (1990-91) and an NIMH-sponsored fellowship in clinically applied medical anthropology (1991-93) at Harvard Medical School.

From 1993 to 1995, Dr. Lewis-FernŠndez worked for the Puerto Rico Health Department implementing an innovative mental health consultation-liaison program for rural primary care clinics. His research focuses on the socio-cultural determinants of illness experience, symptomatology, help-seeking behavior, and treatment outcome among U.S. Latinos diagnosed with anxiety, depressive, and dissociative disorders. Specific interests include the relationship between psychiatric diagnoses and Latino popular syndromes; socio-cultural factors associated with treatment dropout; misdiagnosis of psychosis as a result of folk idioms of distress; symptom presentations of trauma-related disorders among Latino patients; and collaboration models between mental health and primary care medicine to increase access to culturally competent care for consumers with psychiatric disorders.

Dr. Lewis-FernŠndez served on the DSM-IV Cross-Cultural Committee and the NIMH Study Group on Mental Health Services in Specialty Settings (2002-2007). He is currently the chair of the Cultural Psychiatry Committee of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry, a member of the Committee on Psychiatric Diagnosis and Assessment of the American Psychiatric Association, and a member of the Community Services Board of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. From 1996 to 2007, he also served as Editor of the Cases Section of Culture, Medicine and Psychiatry, which publishes clinical cases illustrating the impact of culture on the symptoms, course, and outcome of psychiatric disorders and patients' help-seeking choices.

He is the author of more than fifty articles, books and book chapters.

The Spiegel Lectureship honors the contributions of Dr. Herbert Spiegel as a clinician, researcher and teacher of medical hypnosis for more than 70 years. He has been associated with the Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons for half a century. Dr. Spiegel is an active clinician and continues to teach psychiatric residents on the Consultation-Liaison Service. Dr. Roberto Lewis-Fernandez will present this yearís lecture.