Welcome to Simpatico Palliative Connect


"Doctor, will I be able to attend my daughter’s marriage ?” This was the question asked to a palliative care physician while on her rounds of the ward. The patient was a 55-year old woman, in an advanced stage of cancer. Speech was difficult, she was experiencing pain and difficulty breathing. For most of us, it may seem like a strange question coming from a terminally ill patient. The doctor however, calmly gave her response, "If that is so important to you, we will make sure you are comfortable enough to attend your daughter's marriage". The lady’s medication plan was examined, pain management was focused on and medicines administered. In due course, her pain and symptoms were controlled and with some help from family, she was able to ...

Our Services


Patients suffering from chronic or terminal diseases like cancer, HIV, renal failure undergoes a lot of pain because of nature of their disease. The pain can be effectively managed with appropriate analgesics and opioids.
It improves their ...


Psychosocial care is one of the important aspects of care for patients suffering from life threatening illnesses. When faced with such an illness, patients and families go through a lot of emotional turmoil. The first question that comes
to their ...


Handling patients with chronic illness needs a fundamental change in the approach to patient care. As a cure may not be a possibility, the care of a patient is priority.
The standard approach is to first identify all of the problems through diagnostic testing and ...


Palliative care is a new and upcoming medical specialty. Though the need for such services is very high, not many people are aware of these services. People living with and dying of chronic diseases need to know that there is hope ...


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Our Team

Dr. Priyadarshini Kulkarni

Palliative Care Specialist

A Palliative Care Specialist, Dr. Priyadarshini Kulkarni is a Fellow of the National Cancer Centre in Singapore. An anaesthetist by training, Dr. Kulkarni has been a successful palliative care specialist for the past 16 years.
Previously, Dr. Kulkarni was the Medical Director of Cipla Palliative Care and Training Centre. Currently, Dr. Kulkarni is the Secretary of the Indian Association of Palliative Care, and a Trainer for the Palliative Care Course conducted by the association and EPEC (Education for Physicians in End of life Care). She is also a Board Member of the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance, Asia Pacific Hospice Palliative Care Network.
A dedicated Palliative Care Specialist, she has a Graduate Certificate in Health (Palliative Medicine) from the Flinders University. Furthermore, Dr. Kulkarni is a leader of the International Palliative Care Leadership Development Initiative.
Dr. Kulkarni was instrumental in starting the first Fellowship in palliative care which is recognised by the Maharashtra University of Health Services, and has streamlined and strengthened home care in the centre.
Ms. Madhura Bhatwadekar

Psychosocial Support

Armed with an MA in Medical and Psychiatric social work, Madhura Bhatwadekar has worked in the psychiatric field for more than 10 years, both in Mumbai as well as in Pune.
Madhura has a special interest in working with individual patients and their families, and has played an important role in building support groups and day care centres for patients with schizophrenia, and their families.
Previously, Madhura was the Head of the medical social work department at the Cipla Palliative Care and Training Centre, where she worked towards improving the quality of life for the patients and their families. This was done though psychosocial management, including psychosocial assessments, intervention, counselling, as well as providing emotional support.
Madhura's expertise lies in the successful handling of family meetings and providing bereavement support. She has a deep involvement in the end-of-life care and dealing with the grief associated with death and dying.
Madhura is actively involved in the training of health professionals in the various aspects of psychosocial care, and has participated and presented papers in international conferences and in journals related to Palliative Medicine.