Ali Xhixha, MD

Ali Xhixha, MD

Ryder Albania Association
Tirana, Albania


Skype: alixhixha

Dr. Ali Xhixha is currently developing strategies for integrating palliative care into the Albanian healthcare system. He has engaged and contributed broadly to multiple palliative care activities in Albania, particularly related to patient and family care.

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Other Appointments:

  • Medical Team Leader, Ryder Albania Association, Tirana, Albania
  • Member and contributor to National Palliative Care Association
  • Member of National Association of Pain

Key Accomplishments:

  • For more than 13 years has cared for cancer patients and families.
  • Contributed to the creation of the first hospice in Albania, 2003
  • Expert in the working group of drafting Standards for Palliative Care now adopted from Ministry of Health
  • Expert in the working group for the Strategy and Action Plan of Palliative Care in Albania.
  • Expert in the working group for drafting the Law for Palliative Care
  • Expert in the working group of the initiatives for the curricula’s and 1 year specialization in Palliative Care
  • Moderator and facilitator in the projects with Regional Hospitals in Albania
    Lecturer in all trainings and courses for Palliative Care

Education / Honors:

  • Graduate, International Palliative Care Leadership Development Initiative, The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice, San Diego, CA, and OhioHealth, Columbus, Ohio, USA, 2012-2014
  • Education in Palliative Care and End of Life, Salzburg, Austria, 2004
  • Graduate, General Medicine, “Mother Teresa” University, Tirana, 1991-1997

Key Publications:


  • Rama R, Sallaku A, Prifti F, Xhixha A. Palliative Care in Albania, the current situation and development prospective. Revista Mjekesore 2011(2): 19-29.
  • Xhixha A, Rama R, Radbruch L. Reducing barriers to pain management in Albania-results from educational seminar with family doctors J.P.M 2013 Jul;16(7):758-61


  • Prifti F, Huta K, Xhixha A, Rama R, Sorra L, Laska I. Keshilla per perkujdesjen ne te smuret terminale.
  • Keshilla Praktike per Familiaret. Tirana, May 2011.
  • Prifti F, Xhixha A, Rama R, Sorra L, Karoli E, Laska I. Manuali I Kujdesit Paliativ. Tirana, March 2011.
  • Prifti F, Huta K, Xhixha A, Sollaku A Opioidet dhe opiofobia Tirana, 2012


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