Dr Vallath Nandini (Shivapriya)
Born in 1964, Dr Vallath Nandini is a qualified medical practitioner and anaesthesiologist, specializing in chronic pain management and palliative care using medical, yogic and other methods in an integrated way. She is committed to a holistic approach to health and healing.
Dr Nandini graduated from Mumbai University in 1987 with a MBBS and in the following years with a Diploma in Anaesthesiology and a MD Anaesthesiology. In 2000 she completed the Foundation Course in Pain and Palliative Care at the Pain and Palliative Care Society and Global Cancer Concern in Calicut, Kerala. She also holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Family Medicine from the Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu. In 1996 she was awarded Diplomat, National Board in Anaesthesiology at the National Board of Examinations, New Delhi. In 2012 she was identified as the International Pain and Policy Fellow for India 2012-2014 by the University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA.
Dr Nandini has undergone yoga teacher training with the Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana (S-VYASA) in Bangalore in 2004, and with the Bihar School of Yoga in August 2007. She has also completed a Basic Vedanta course with the Chinmaya Mission in Mumbai.
Dr Nandini has published numerous articles on the management of chronic pain and palliative care, and has also authored chapters of text books. She has contributed to the development of pain and palliative curricula and policy at the national level. She was coordinator of the Expert Committee that developed the National Strategy Document for Palliative Care in India in November 2012 with the Directorate General of Health Services, of the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. Dr Nandini has also presented papers at international conferences on palliative care in Europe and the USA.
Currently she lives in Bangalore, and is faculty at the Department of Integrative Oncology at the HCG Speciality Cancer Care Centre, providing supportive integrated care as part of a multi-skilled team to patients with cancer. She is also a Visiting Consultant at the World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Thiruvananthapuram.