Gayatri Palat, MBBS

Gayatri Palat, MBBS

Consultant, Pain and Palliative Medicine, MNJ Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Center, Hyderabad, India


Dr. Gayatri Palat played a key role in bringing change in opioid regulations in the state of Andhra Pradesh, India, working with the Government and other stakeholders. She hopes that with these changes, she will also be able to change the way physicians and nurses in India think when they are deciding how and when to begin or refer for palliative care.

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Other Appointments

  • Program Director, Palliative Care Access Program (PAX) – India, International Network for Cancer Treatment and Research
  • Palliative Care Consultant, PACT Mission of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
  • National Faculty, Indian Association of Palliative Care

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  • National Faculty, National Initiative in Patient Safety (NIPS), A collaborative Program of WHO India and All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
  • Executive Secretary, Pain Relief and Palliative Care Society, Hyderabad, India
  • Course Director, International Pediatric Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program, MNJ Institute of oncology, Hyderabad
  • Faculty and Member, Academic Committee, Community College, Catholic Health Association of India (CHAI) & IGNOU (Indira Gandhi National Open University)

Key Accomplishments

  • Instrumental in developing the Department of Palliative Care at MNJ Institute of Oncology, Hyderabad, one of the regional centers in India for palliative care by developing staff and faculty positions and recognized training programs and quality clinical services like out-patient, in-patient and home-based care.
  • Key role in developing Pain Relief and Palliative Care Society, Hyderabad, a non-profit organization which is currently playing a key role in advocacy and training in palliative care in the state.
  • Key role in developing a dedicated pediatric palliative care program at MNJ Institute of Oncology and fellowship in pediatric palliative care in India.
  • As national Faculty for Indian Association of Palliative Care (IAPC), participated in developing the curriculum for the IAPC course in palliative care.

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  • Played an important role in facilitating the development of palliative care in the National Cancer Control Program of countries like Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Philippines working with IAEA.
  • Participated in development of EPEC-India curriculum.
  • Participated in Opioid availability activities at National Level working as a member of Indian Association of Palliative Care in collaboration with Madison University, WHOCC, Pain and Policy Study Group, Wisconsin and Pain and Palliative Care Society, Calicut, a WHO Demonstration Project.
  • Facilitated development of the Department of Palliative Medicine and development of the training course, Diploma in Palliative Medicine, a first of its kind in the country at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences, Kochi and was one of the faculty for the program.
  • Member, Board of Directors, International Association of Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Member, Task Force, National Cancer Control Program, India
  • Member, Institutional Ethics Committee, MNJ Institute of Oncology
  • Mentor, Fullbright scholar from USA for PhD program in Palliative Care
  • Editorial Board, Conquering Cancer in India, An American Cancer Society Initiative

Education / Honors

  • Leader, International Palliative Care Leadership Development Initiative, The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice, San Diego, CA, USA, 2010-2011
  • Diplomate of National Board (Anesthesia), National Board of Examinations, India, 1999
  • Diploma in Anesthesia, Calicut Medical College, Kerala, India, 1996-1998
  • MBBS, Assam Medical College, Dibrugarh, Assam, India, 1986-1992

Key Publications

  • Contributed to the Delphi Study on Strategic Pain Management: The Identification and Development of the IAHPC Opioid Essential Prescription Package, Ernesto Vignaroli et al., Journal of Palliative Medicine, Volume 15, Number 2, 2012
  • Contributed to a qualitative survey of 'Unbearable Pain: India's Obligation to Ensure Palliative Care', A Human Rights Watch India report, October 2009
  • Shekhar Sharma, MS, M.R. Rajagopal, MD, DNB, Gayatri Palat, MD, DNB et. al.,a Phase II Pilot Study to Evaluate Use of Intravenous Lidocaine for Opioid-Refractory Pain in Cancer Patients, Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Vol. 37 No. 1 January 2009

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Key Presentations

  • Participated in many national and international conferences ie: UICC, INCTR, Canada Association of Palliative Care, IASP, Indian Association of Palliative care, Indian Critical Care Association, Indian Association of Anesthesia, Indian Medical Association, Indian Society for Study of Pain and many institutional conferences in India and presented papers and posters.


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