Dr Seema Rajesh Rao

Consultant

Department of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care

Department of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care

Qualification: MBBS, DPM, National Fellowship in Palliative Medicine, Master of Science Palliative Medicine

CURRENT ACADEMIC ROLE & RESPONSIBILITIES

    • Consultant, Department of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care.
    • Palliative Medicine Consultant, Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care, Asia Pacific Palliative Care Network, Singapore

ACADEMIC QUALIFICATIONS

Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
MBBS Karntak University, Dharwad Feb 1993
DPM Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, Karnataka Sept 2001
National Fellowship in Palliative Medicine Institute of Palliative Medicine, Calicut July 2013
Master of Science Palliative Medicine Palliative Medicine Cardiff University, UK Jan 2019

Experience

Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
KMC, Manipal Consultant Mar 2019 till date
Lien Collaborative for Palliative Care, Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Network, Singapore consultant Mar 2019 till date
Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai Senior Medical Officer Aug 2015 – Jan 2019
Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai Senior Clinical Research Fellow Jun 2013 – Jul 2015
Various Hospitals in Mumbai Consulting Psychiatrist Aug 2007 – May 2013
Dr. Rao’s Clinic, Mumbai Consulting Psychiatirst Jun 2002 – Jul 2007
Father Muller’s Medical College, Mangalore Resident Sep 1999 – Oct 2001
Bhatia Hospital, Mumbai Junior Resident Dec 1994 – Dec 1995
Manipal Hospital, Bangalore Junior Resident Mar 1993 – Mar 1994

Sl. No

Title

Role

Status

1.        

Retrospective Audit of outcomes of palliative care referral in patients with serious COVID-19 illnesses

PI

Completed

2.        

Prevalence and predictors of stress, anxiety and depression among health care workers who are in the front line management of COVID-19 Pandemic in India - a multicentre observational study

CI

Completed

3.        

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

PI

Ongoing

4.        

Effectiveness of respite model of Palliative Care in the Indian setting

Co-PI

Completed

5.        

Exploring the lived experience of adult family caregivers caring for malignant fungating wounds in head and neck cancer in India: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis

Co-PI

Completed

6.        

Prevalence of depression in patients with advanced cancer referred to palliative care services

CI

Completed

7.        

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

Co-PI

Completed

8.        

Does respite model of palliative care facilitate discussion and achievement of preferred place of death: A baseline audit

CI

Completed

9.        

Palliative Prognostic Index in estimating survival in patients with advanced cancer in a tertiary palliative care setting – A Clinical Audit

PI

Completed

AREAS OF INTEREST, EXPERTISE AND RESEARCH

Area of Interest

• Communication skills • Palliative Care • Psychooncology • Spiritual Care • Palliative Care in the ICU

Area of Expertise

Dignity Therapy in Palliative Care and End of Life in 2018,Mindfulness Therapy in 2018, Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy in 2020, Interprofessional Spiritual Care Education Curriculum (ISPEC) Trainer (George Washington Institute of Spirituality and Health, Washington, DC), Mentor for Cancer Treatment Centres Palliative Care Training Program,Geriatric Palliative Care

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

  • Indian Association of Palliative Care. Member since 2017.
  • Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network. Member since 2019.
  • International Psychooncology Society since 2018
  • European Association of Palliative Care since 2019
  • Indian Psychiatric Society, Life Fellow since 2013
  • Bombay Psychiatric Society, Life Fellow since 2007.
  • Mentor – Cancer Treatment Centre Palliative Care Training Program in association with AIIMS New Delhi and APHN Singapore. from Mar 2019 – till date
  • Honorary Tutor, School of Medicine, Cardiff University, UK  from Mar 2019 – till date.
  • Faculty, National Fellowship in Palliative Medicine from Mar 2019 – till date.
  • National Faculty: Indian Association of Palliative Care;         Certificate Course in Essentials of Palliative Care; Essentials of Counselling in Palliative Care; IAPC Academy training.
  • Contributing Faculty 2019-Palliative Care Always: India online certificate course in palliative care by Stanford School of Medicine
  • Contributing Faculty 2020-Geriatric Palliative Care – Learning Module for Three-month Certification course in palliative care by BMJ