Mohammad Bushnaq, MD

Mohammad Bushnaq, MD

Founder/Director, Jordan Palliative Care Clinic, Bushnaq Training & Developing Center, Jordan

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Dr. Bushnaq is the Director of the Jordan Palliative Care Clinic and Bushnaq Training & Developing Center. While at the King Hussein Cancer Center he focused on building their palliative care consultation program. He then decided to open his own private clinic in September of 2010. He is Chairman of the Jordan Palliative Care Society and an active member of Jordan Pain Society where he is able to build palliative care on not just a local level but country wide. Dr. Bushnaq is a temporary adviser on palliative care for EMRO-WHO. He has contributed to many palliative care studies in both Arabic and English. He has become a leader in training nationally and internationally for palliative care, pain management, self-care and burn out.

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Other Appointments

  • Hospice and Palliative Care Consultant, King Hussein Cancer Center, Amman, Jordan, 2004-10

Key Accomplishments

  • Led the National Task Force for Creating National Palliative Care Guidelines, Jordon, 2012
  • Led the national efforts for the first Jordan Palliative Care and Jordan Conference, 2012
  • Created the first Palliative Care Undergraduate Training at Hashemite University, 2011
  • Launched the first Diploma for Palliative Care and Pain Management in Collaboration with Jordan, German University, 2011
  • Led the initiative to form the Arab Palliative Care Consortium to be formed by 7 Arab countries, 2009
  • Formed the Jordan Palliative Care and Pain Society that aims to spread the culture of palliative care by training, education and advocacy, 2010
  • Developed the first comprehensive palliative care program in Jordan at the King Hussein Cancer Center in Amman from 2004 to 2010

Education / Honors

  • Leader, International Palliative Care Leadership Development Initiative, The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice, San Diego, CA, USA, 2010-2011
    International Palliative Medicine Fellowship, The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice, San Diego, CA, 2005-07
    Jordanian Board in Internal Medicine, Jordan, 2004
    Bachelor in Medicine, Istanbul University, Turkey,1995

Key Publications
Journal articles

  • The Feasibility of Using Intravenous Fentanyl as Sublingual Drops in the Treatment of Incidental Pain in Patients with Cancer. J Palliative Medicine. Volume 12, Number 6, 2009
  • Palliative Care in Jordan, Culturally Sensitive Experience; J Palliative Med. 2008 Dec;11(10):1292-3
  • Jordan Palliative Care Initiative: A WHO Demonstration Project 2007. Stjernsward J, Ferris FD, Khleif SN, Jamous W, Treish IM, Milhem M, Bushnaq M, Alkhateeb A, Al Shtiat MN, Wheeler MS, Alwan A. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2007 May; 33(5):628-633. PMID: 17482059


  • Key Points in Internal Medicine, 700 Questions in Internal Medicine (2007). Published by ‘Express’, and targeted for residents of internal medicine in the Middle East as a quick referral in preparing for oral exams.
  • Pain Guidelines; Pain Guidelines book in Arabic
  • 6 Steps in Dealing with Diseases and Crisis, in Arabic

  • Using Fentanyl Injection Sublingually For Pain Relief in Cancer Patients; Palliative Care Conference- Riyadh- KSA. Dec, 2011
  • Burnout among Health Care Workers; Palliative Care Conference, Riyadh- KSA, Dec, 2011
  • Breaking Bad News, Hashimate University, Jordan, Mar, 2010
  • Spiritual Assessment and Approach, Jordan Medical Society, Oct, 2010
  • Palliative Care in Jordan-a WHO Demonstration Project, Breast Health Global Initiative, Chicago, June, 2010
  • Three day workshop in palliative care, KHCC,-Jordan, Oct, 2009
  • The Evolution of Palliative Care, Al-Mansourah University, Egypt, Nov, 2009
  • Spiritual Care in Palliative Medicine, Islamic Hospital, Jordan, March, 2007
  • Pain Management, Islamic Hospital, Jordan, Sep, 2007
  • Palliative Care in KHCC, ‘The Best Way to Predict the Future is to Create It’, European Conference on Palliative Care, Belgrade, Serbia, Oct, 2005
  • Palliative Care Principles and Practice, World Day of Palliative Care, Jordan, Oct, 2005
  • Specialization in Palliative Care, MECC (Middle East Cancer Consortium), Cyprus, Nov, 2005
  • Palliative Care In Jordan – Implementing Palliative Care Program in a Developing Country, San Diego Hospice and Palliative Care, California, USA, Jan, 2004


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