About us

About Us

Palliative Care Network is a 501(c)(3) registered organization.


Dr. Steven Norris was on the Deans Honor Roll at Texas Tech University, graduating in 1995 with a BS in Microbiology. He attended Texas Tech University School of Medicine, graduating in 2001. He was awarded the E.K. Jones Memorial Scholarship Award. Following a residency in Internal Medicine at Texas Tech in Amarillo, Dr Norris established his private practice in Amarillo. He has a keen interest in Palliative Care and has been a long standing volunteer of Palliative Care Network prior to becoming a Board Member.

Dr. Monica Solomon is Professor and Head of the Department of Oral Pathology at Manipal College of Dental Sciences in Manipal, India. Dr Solomon’s area of expertise is the analysis of the immune histochemical expression of biomarkers in oral cancer. In addition to many awards and recognitions, she was the 2008 recipient of the AACR-NCI International Investigators opportunity grant bestowed by the American Association for Cancer Research. In 2010, Dr. Solomon registered a Patent for “An Improved Manual Tissue Microarrayer Device for a Rapid And Simultaneous Analysis Of Multiple Tumor Specimens. Dr. Solomon has undertaken numerous research projects and has over thirty seven publications. She has been involved with Palliative Care Network since 2008 and has been an advocate of its mission.

Dora Palma is a nurse working in a Hospital-Based Palliative Care Team in Centro Hospital Lisboa Norte, Portugal. She graduated from Escola Superior de Enfermagem Calouste Gulbenkian de Lisboa in 2000 and has worked in medicine and gastroenterology services for thirteen years. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Health. Dora is interested in the development of Palliative Care and has been teaching courses in Palliative Care to healthcare professionals. She has been a volunteer of Palliative Care Network since its inception.

“Great innovation! This will help many in the developing world.”

Guestbook submission by Dr Anne Merriman, Hospice Africa Uganda, Kampala, Uganda

Using widely available internet technology, Palliative Care Network provides a platform for palliative care professionals to teach, interact, and exchange ideas with fellow colleagues in places around the world where the knowledge gap is wider than the technology gap.

Palliative Care Network’s directory gives palliative care professionals worldwide access to colleagues to provide educational support.

How it Works

Palliative Care Network is a participant driven platform. It transcends borders and establishments of all kinds and places people in direct contact with one another. In order for this to happen, participants must be proactive!

To get started, palliative care specialists submit their contact information to this website. Once the information is posted in the directory, the participant is then encouraged to reach out to others in the directory with whom they may want to communicate or to whom they can be of service.

Guests visiting this website who would like educational support must search the directory for a suitable match and then establish contact.

Once a partnership is established, we encourage participants to contact us occasionally with an update that can be published to help inspire others.

“Congratulations! This a wonderful idea and will greatly benefit patients in developing countries. Let us keep this aliveand aim to improve the quality of our patients and their families lives.”

Guestbook submission by Dr. Zipporah Merdin Ali, Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association, Nairobi, Kenya

We want to share our experience with our colleagues and hope that our experience will be replicated to benefit patients in need. The whole concept is best reflected by the famous Chinese proverb.

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

Our experience has shown that this is exactly what we have achieved. Your short term commitment can be a long term investment in the alleviation of another’s pain and suffering.

Many of our colleagues wish to volunteer to help people in distant locations. Now it is possible without the requisite time and expense of travel, and it is just a click away using available technology.

Imparting knowledge to one colleague will help alleviate the suffering of many patients.

Invitation: Get Involved

Interact with a colleague, submit your information.

This forum is open to all members of the palliative care team e.g. physicians, nurses, social workers, therapists, researchers, counselors, pharmacists, dieticians, etc.

You can teach, learn or share your experiences with colleagues around the world. Interaction between participants does not have to be hi-tech. It can be as simple as an exchange of emails between colleagues. The frequency of the interactions can all be tailored to the needs of the participants.


2007 : Volunteer group launch of Palliative Care Network

2008 : Palliative Care Network – e project is launch to promote palliative care education
Held the first video conference based palliative care discussion with participants from different continents
Launch of Audiolog project under the auspices of Palliative Care Network -e

2009 : Launch of Palliative Care Network Community
Launch of Share a Lecture Program under Palliative Care Network – e
Inaugural event of the Palliative Care Network Poster Exhibition

2011 : Relaunch of upgraded Palliative Care Network and Palliative Care Network Community sites
Launch of Spiritual Dimensions project


Palliativecarenetwork.com is run on a volunteer basis. We want to thank the following individuals for their contributions in setting up this website:

  • Ayesha K. Shaikh
  • Deepak U.
  • Don & Merlene Bukovich
  • Peter Cruz
  • Rachel Parent
  • Sanjay Pisharodi, MBBS
  • Sham Ramakrishnan
  • Steven Norris, MD
  • Subhash Sharma
  • Subodh Lal – Simra Consulting
  • U A Tanvir Alam, MBBS, MS, and
  • those individuals who wish to remain anonymous

We also thank the following individuals for their suggestions:

  • Marcin Chwistek, MD – USA
  • Dr. Folaju Olusegun Oyebola – Nigeria
  • Linda F Piotrowski, MTS, BCC – USA