Dr. Neil Arun Nijhawan is a UK-trained Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Burjeel Medical City. After medical school at Kings College London, he pursued speciality training in Palliative Medicine in London and previously worked as a Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Nijhawan is the first licensed Palliative Care physician in Abu Dhabi and is licensed to practice all aspects of Palliative Medicine. He believes strongly that for patients undergoing cancer treatment, if one’s symptoms are well controlled, they will feel better, and both the patient and their family will tolerate their anti-cancer treatment better.
Dr. Nijhawan’s ethos is to treat every patient like family and firmly believes that there is always something that we can do to help make people feel better.
The overarching aim of Palliative Care is to improve the quality of life of patients through diligent and thorough assessment and treatment of both physical and psychological symptoms. Patients do not exist in isolation and therefore supporting the family/carers is an essential component of the palliative care approach to care. His clinical area of interest is symptom control (including pain, nausea, breathlessness, fatigue) and assistance with complex treatment decision-making and he is often called on to provide an independent second opinion. Palliative care is available for everyone – of any age, race, culture, background and religion. He is fluent in English.