Dr Sukdev Nayak, the palliative care pioneer from Cuttack, Orissa, has been appointed the director of Acharya Harihar Regional Cancer Centre.
This is the first time that a palliative care physician has been appointed in such a prestigious post. Naturally, this carries with it enormous potential in terms of integration of palliative care in cancer treatment and also in terms of outreach.
Dr Sukdev Nayak had his palliative care training from Oxford and then set up the first palliative care service in Orissa in 1994.
Under his leadership, Orissa became one of the first states in the country to simplify the narcotic regulations. He has always been an active member of the Indian Association of Palliative Care and was its president in 2006-2008.