Awards and Recognitions

Dr Sushma Bhatnagar recognised by The International Association for the Study of Pain

On the occasion of Women’s Day, Tuesday, 8th March, 2022, the International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP), recognised Dr Sushma Bhatnagar, President, Indian Association of Palliative Care and Professor and Head, Department of Onco-Anaesthesia and Palliative Medicine, AIIMS, New Delhi, along with 4 other women from across the globe in recognition of her positive impact on the World of Palliative Science. This award recognises her contribution to clinical research in cancer care and palliative care.

Dr Bhatnagar will be receiving this honour at the IASP’s meeting in Germany later this year.

We are also filled with pride to share that Dr Bhatnagar is the only Indian to be serving as a councillor on the Executive Board of the very prestigious International Association for the Study of Pain.

The other 4 women recognised by IASP include, Dr Claudia Sommer, Dr Catherine Bushnell, Dr Mary Cardosa and Dr Denise Albe-Fessar. 

Congratulations, Dr Bhatnagar!


Karunashraya, awarded News18’s (Kannada) Annual Award, ‘Varshada Kannadiga 2022 – Social Service’

Bangalore Hospice Trust – Karunashraya, was the recipient of News18 (Kannada), ‘Varshada Kannadiga 2022’ awards under the Social Service category.

These Annual awards of News18, are presented to organisations / individuals from 8 varied categories such as Commerce, Sports, Medical Service, Literature etc. Karunashraya was awarded the award in the social service category in recognition of their selfless and free services to advanced cancer patients in Bengaluru. The award also honoured Karunashraya for providing comfort and dignity to advanced cancer patients at the end of their lives. 

Justice (Retired) N K Sudhindra Rao presented the award to Mr Kishore S Rao, Founder and Chairman, Karunashraya, who received it on behalf of the team at Karunashraya during the glittering award ceremony held at J W Marriott, on Friday, 25th March 2022.

On this momentous occasion, Mr Rao shared, “All awards are an acknowledgment of the excellent work our teams do in palliative care. But, a public acknowledgment by a media organisation is particularly welcome because it tends to spread the word that such a free service is available. It makes it possible for more suffering people to come to us for care”.

Congratulations, Karunashraya!


Dr Republica Sridhar bestowed with the Times Health Excellence Award, 2022

We are excited to share that Dr Repubica Sridhar, Founder and Medical Director, RMD Pain and Palliative Care Trust, was the recipient of the ‘Times Health Excellence Award 2022’ for service excellence in Palliative Care.

Dr Sridhar was presented with this award on Friday, 11th March, 2022 at the Hilton, Guindy, Chennai.

The award recognizes Dr Sridhar’s and RMD Pain and Palliative Care Trust’s contribution towards easing the suffering of palliative care patients in and around Chennai by delivering quality and affordable palliative care services in the community.

Congratulations, Dr Republica!


AIIMS Raipur inaugurates a Renal Supportive Care Unit along with their Department of Nephrology

It is with immense happiness we share that a Renal Supportive Care Unit has been inaugurated at AIIMS, Raipur. The unit was launched on Thursday, 10th March, in commemoration of World Kidney Day. The new unit will be attached to the Department of Nephrology, AIIMS, Raipur and will function twice a week (Monday and Thursday).

The unit has been dedicated to patients with advanced Kidney conditions and was inaugurated by Dr Nitin Nagarkar, Director, AIIMS Raipur; Dr Vinay Rathore, HOD, Nephrology, AIIMS Raipur; and Dr Avinash Tiwary, Palliative Medicine Physician, Department of Medical Oncology, AIIMS Raipur.

On this occasion, Dr Nagarkar, shared, “This clinic will play an important role in improving the quality of care for patients facing advanced renal disease irrespective of whether they are on dialysis or not. It will give them a chance to discuss Advance Care Planning”.

Dr Rathore shared, “In our OPD, we see several patients who have many complex symptoms which always needed a specialised approach.. With the help of this new unit, we will now be able to cater to the needs of such patients.”

Dr Tiwary, who spearheaded this initiative shared, “It is like a dream coming true! What else could be the best day to inaugurate the Renal Supportive Care Unit than on the occasion of World Kidney Day. I would like to thank Dr Nagarkar, Dr Sushma Batnagar, (President, IAPC), Dr Rathore, the IAPC, my seniors, my teachers, my mentors, Dr Naveen Salins (Professor and Head, Department of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care, Kasturba Medical College, MAHE, Manipal) and Pankaj Singhai, (Assistant Professor, Department of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care, Kasturba Medical College, MAHE, Manipal), for their support and guidance towards establishing this clinic.”