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Dr Aditi Chaturvedi

Palliative Care Specialist
Ganga Prem Hospice

Dr Aditi at a Ganga Prem Hospice cancer clinic in 2013

A pharmocologist by education, Dr Aditi Chaturvedi has a keen interest in palliative care, particularly in providing pain relief to cancer patients. Living in Srikot, in the Pauri Garhwal area of Uttarakhand, Dr Aditi teaches at the Veer Chandra Singh Garhwali Government Medical Sciences and Research Institute. Despite her full time job at the medical college, managing her home and a young eight-year old son, Dr Aditi finds time to offer her services as a volunteer to pallative care initiaves. "I feel that all people who are dying should be able to die in peace," says Dr Aditi.

Although specializing in pharmacology, Dr Aditi had a leaning towards palliative care and pain management as both her parents died of cancer. She studied palliative care at the regional cancer centre in Hyderabad, and is now planning to pursue further studies in palliative care via distance education. There are also plans to start a palliative care centre at Srikot, where Dr Aditi lives currently.

The young doctor has a supportive family, as her husband, Dr Harish Chaturvedi, shares her interest in palliative care. Teaching at the same medical college in Pauri, in the anatomy department, Dr Harish also teaches meditation with his wife. Once a month, they drive down to Rishikesh to give their services free of charge to patients at the Ganga Prem Hosipce monthly charitable cancer clinics. "Even though I am a pharmacologist and from the field of allopathy, I feel that relief to the terminally ill should be given by all means, whether its via allopathy, ayurveda, meditation, physiotherapy, acupuncture, or any other complimentary medicine," says Dr Aditi.

In her spare time, Dr Aditi likes to play badminton with her son and wishes to learn to play the guitar.

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