Being sick, of course, is very hard, but being sick and living on the street, is even harder. Dr Naheed Dosani is a passionate and respected advocate for marginalized & vulnerable populations with palliative needs. He serves as a Palliative Care Physician at the Inner City Health Associates (ICHA) and William Osler Health System (WOHS). He recently completed the Conjoint Palliative Medicine Residency Program at the University of Toronto and prior to that, a residency in inner-city Family Medicine, where he was elected by his peers as Chief Resident of St. Michael’s Hospital’s Family Medicine Residency Program. After completing his training, Dr Dosani founded PEACH (Palliative Education And Care for the Homeless), a mobile, street & shelter-based outreach service aimed at meeting the Palliative Care needs of the homeless & vulnerably housed. Through PEACH, he provides Toronto’s most marginalized populations with compassionate care and a dignified approach to their end-of-life journeys.
More recently, he was recognized by his peers with the 2015 Early Career Development Award by the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Further, his efforts have received national and international media attention by the likes of CBC News’ Morning Live & The National, CBC Radio World at Six, the Medical Post, Hospital News, The Toronto Star, The Saskatoon Star Phoenix, Global Television, CBC Radio Canada International, CTV News, CityNews, The Canadian Press, USA Today and even a feature CBC Radio Documentary entitled, ‘What’s a Life Worth?’. His compelling and must-see TEDx talk, ‘What’s a Life Worth?’, delivered in April of 2016 at TEDxStouffville, has received over 2500 views on YouTube and has become the ‘gold standard’ tool to educate and highlight the importance of health equity in Palliative Care.
As both a researcher and educator, Dr Dosani serves on faculty as Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McMaster University and as Lecturer in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Meanwhile, supporting community-based Palliative Care development as Palliative Care Regional Medical Lead for Central West LHIN & Central West CCAC and research, as Section Editor for the peer-reviewed, Canadian based and internationally distributed academic journal, Current Oncology.
Committed to addressing the social determinants of health as an advocate, Dr Dosani integrates his passions as Vice-Chair of Health Providers Against Poverty Ontario, focusing on evidence-based solutions to reducing health disparities.