Dr Naveen Salins

Professor and Head

Department of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care

Qualification: MD Gen Med (Manipal), PhD Palliative Care ( Lancaster University, UK), FRCP ( Glasgow), FRCP ( London), Clin Dip Pall Med ( Adelaide), Clin Fellowship Pall Med (Adelaide)

CURRENT ACADEMIC ROLE & RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Professor in the Department of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care
    • Academic mentorship to the junior doctors and junior faculty
    • PhD Guide: Currently supervising MD and PhD students

SUBJECTS CURRENTLY TEACHING

Subject Semester / Year
Palliative Medicine

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
MBBS Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore, MAHE, India April 2000
MD General Medicine Kasturba Medical College, Manipal. MAHE, India July 2003
Clinical Diploma in Palliative Medicine Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Australia Palliative Medicine Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Australia Sept 2007
Clinical Fellowship in Palliative Medicine Palliative Medicine Lyell McEwin Hospital, South Australia Feb 2009
FRCP (Glasgow) Royal College of Physicians, Glasgow Feb 2020
FRCP (London) Royal College of Physicians, London May 2020
PhD Palliative Care Lancaster University, UK September 2021

Experience

Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
KMC, Manipal Professor and Head Teaching July 2018 – Present
Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai Associate Professor and Consultant -Department of Palliative Medicine Teaching Nov 2013 – July 2018
HCG Bangalore Institute of Oncology, Bangalore Consultant - Teaching Oct 2010 – Oct 2013
KMC, Manipal Assistant Professor-Division of Palliative Medicine Teaching Sep 2009 – Sep 2010
Royal Adelaide Hospital, South Australia Senior Clinical Fellow-Department of Palliative Medicine Feb 2009 – Aug 2009
Lyell McEwin Hospital, South Australia Registrar -Department of Palliative Medicine Aug 2005 – Jan 2009
KMC Manipal Assistant Professor in General Medicine July 2003 – Aug 2005
KMC, Manipal Resident July 2000-July 2003

Sl. No

Title

 

Role

Status

1.        

 

Improving Appropriate Access and Availability of Opioids for Cancer-related Pain Control in India (IMPOP): Bridging the gap between policy and practice

PI

Ongoing

2.        

Exploring the outcomes of referral to palliative care in the Intensive Care Unit: A retrospective audit

PI

Ongoing

3.        

Stigma as a barrier to palliative care outcomes among people with HIV and cancer in India.

PI

Ongoing

4.        

Creating a model for real time analgesia using a closed loop system by assessing nociceptive chemical that triggers release of analgesia. 

PI

Ongoing

5.        

Retrospective evaluation of the prevalence and factors influencing Discharge Against Medical Advice (DAMA).

PI

Ongoing

6.        

Screening for distress using the Distress Thermometer(DT) and Problem List(PL) in adult cancer patients presenting to a tertiary cancer centre in South India.

CI

Ongoing

7.        

Assessment of myofascial pain in Head and Neck Cancer patients and exploring its impact on Quality of life. 

CI

Ongoing

8.        

Population Pharmacodynamic Model of Tapentadol and Morphine in Palliative Oncology.

CI

Ongoing

9.        

Cost-Effectiveness of Tapentadol in Palliative Oncology Patients in India.

CI

Ongoing

10.    

Effectiveness of Capacity Building: Integrating the palliative care and symptom relief into Primary Health Care - An Evaluative approach. 

CI

Ongoing

11.    

Study of profile of malignancies in HIV patients.

CI

Ongoing

12.    

The experience of patient and family caregivers on radiotherapy treatment during the COVID 19 pandemic.

CI

Ongoing

13.    

Evaluating Need for Integrated Paediatric Palliative Care Services in children with cancer: Retrospective audit from Tertiary Care Hospital in South India.

CI

Ongoing

14.    

Pharmacogenomics and Population Pharmacokinetic Integration for Precision Therapy of Tapentadol in Palliative Cancer Patients.

CI

Ongoing

15.    

Determining the association between COVID 19 and cancer: An observational study

CI

Ongoing

16.    

Effect of Integrated Focused Renal Supportive Care on Quality of Life in End Stage Renal Disease Patients on Haemodialysis: A Randomized Controlled Trial.

CI

Ongoing

17.    

Field testing the validity and feasibility of the NCG-SHS screening Tool for Serious Health-related Suffering, at tertiary cancer-care institutions across India

CI

Ongoing

18.    

Pharmacokinetics of Tapentadol in the Indian population

CI

Ongoing

19.    

Audit of the outcomes of Cancer Treatment Centers Palliative Care Training

PI

Completed

20.    

Retrospective audit of outcomes of palliative care referral in patients with serious COVID-19 illness.

PI

Completed

21.    

Oncologists and Haematologists views of what facilitates and hinders referral of a child with advanced cancer to palliative care in India.

PI

Completed

22.    

Preparedness of the Indian palliative care services to face COVID-19 pandemic: An online survey for rapid assessment

PI

Completed

23.    

Effectiveness of Respite Model of Palliative Care in Indian Setting

PI

Completed

24.    

Understanding patients' and caregivers' preferences and attitudes towards disclosure of cancer related diagnosis and prognosis - A descriptive cross-sectional study

PI

Completed

25.    

Evaluation of the prescription pattern of drugs and adherence of physicians to NeuPSIG guidelines in treatment of cancer related neuropathic pain.

PI

Completed

26.    

Provision of Palliative Care in National Cancer Grid Centres: A descriptive cross-sectional gap analysis survey

PI

Completed

27.    

Experiences of the Indian parents and caregivers about caring for a child with Retinoblastoma: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

PI

Completed

28.    

Exploring the lived experiences of the adult family caregivers caring for a patient with malignant fungating wound in India

PI

Completed

29.    

Validation of the Paediatric Quality of Life Inventory (Peds QL 3.0) for paediatric oncology patients in a tertiary cancer hospital

PI

Completed

30.    

Validation of the PEDIQUEST Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale for Paediatric Oncology Patients in a tertiary cancer centre

Co-PI

Completed

31.    

Validation of the FAMCARE-2 for advanced paediatric cancer patients in a tertiary cancer centre

Co-PI

Completed

32.    

Assessment of palliative care needs in geriatric cancer care setting using a comprehensive cancer-specific geriatric assessment tool and evaluation of the feasibility of utilization of the tool

Co-PI

Completed

33.    

Validation of a Novel Quality of Death Scale in Hospital (QODH)

CI

Completed

34.    

A prospective Cohort study of breast cancer patients with New bone metastases to estimate Quality of life, health Economics &Risk of skeletal complications (CONQUER)

CI

Completed

35.    

Effect of early integration of specialized palliative care into standard oncologic treatment on the quality of life of patients with advanced head and neck cancers: A randomized controlled trial

CI

Completed

36.    

Distress screening and Quality of Life in treatment naive Lung cancer patients attending radiotherapy outpatient department.

CI

Completed

37.    

Distress screening in Head and Neck Cancer patients undergoing active cancer directed treatment and impact of referral to psycho-oncology and palliative care.

CI

Completed

38.    

Development and validation of a Brief Quality of Life assessment tool for use in Routine Oncology Practice

CI

Completed

39.    

To develop a Comprehensive Domiciliary Palliative Care Model for patient on palliative care treatment in advanced cancer.

CI

Completed

40.    

Patient's Decisional Control Preferences in the Palliative Care setting: A Multi-Center Survey

CI

Completed

41.    

A study to assess feasibility of topical radiation disinfected honey-based gel for the management of malignant fungating wounds

CI

Completed

42.    

Standards based audit of documentation of assessment of spiritual concerns/needs in adult advanced cancer patients referred to hospital based palliative care service

CI

Completed

 

AREAS OF INTEREST, EXPERTISE AND RESEARCH

Area of Interest

ICU Palliative Care

Area of Expertise

Pain and Symptom Management, Supportive Care, Health Communication

Area of Research

Qualitative Studies, Systematic Reviews

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

  • Editor -Indian Journal of Palliative Care from Feb 2014 - Feb 2021
  • Associate Editor -BMC Palliative Care Journal from Jan 2019 – till date 
  • Director-EPEC India Program from Feb 2016 till
  • Honorary Tutor-School of Medicine, Cardiff University, UK from May 2016 till date.
  • Course Director, BMJ Online course in Palliative Care from Jan 2019 – till date 
  • Indian Association of Palliative Care-Member since 2011
  • American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine-Member since 2015
  • Multi-national Association of Supportive Care in Cancer-Member since 2017. 
  • American College of Physicians-Member since 2018 
  • The Royal College of Physicians (Glasgow)-Member since 2020 
  • The Royal College of Physicians (London)-Member since 2020.
  • Lead - IAPC Commission: Consensus position statement on End of Life Care policy.
  • Lead - IAPC-ISCCM Joint Commission: End of life care Guidelines.
  • Member – Expert Committee of the Medical Council of India for Developing Specialist Palliative Care Training in India.
  • Mentor – Cancer Treatment Centre Palliative Care Training Program in association with AIIMS New Delhi and APHN Singapore.
  • Lead - ICMR Commission: Definition of terms used in limitation of treatment and providing palliative care at end of life.
  • Lead - ICMR Commission: White paper on Advance Care Planning.
  • Member – ICMR Committee for Preparing Telemedicine Guidelines.
  • Member – Technical Committee of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare – Government of India for developing Primary Health Palliative Care Model.