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Amit Arya

Amit Arya MD, CCFP(PC), BSc

Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Palliative Care, Department of Family MedicineDirector-at-large, Canadian Society of Palliative Care PhysiciansChair, Choosing Wisely Committee in Palliative CareChair, Member Interest Group in Palliative Care, College of Family Physicians of CanadaRecipient of the Excellence in Social Responsibility Award from the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto


Dr. Amit Arya is a palliative care physician who works in long-term care facilities.  He has developed a unique model of consultative “generalist-plus-specialist” palliative care, which provides support to many long-term care facilities, working together with primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and administrators.  Dr. Arya holds joint faculty appointments in the Division of Palliative Care at McMaster University and the University of Toronto.

Practicing in one of the most diverse regions in Canada, Dr. Arya is well known as an advocate of culturally safe palliative care for racialized communities.  He regularly presents workshops on cultural safety and antiracism, and their impacts on palliative care. Dr. Arya has presented accredited workshops at conferences including Hospice and Palliative Care Ontario, the Ontario Long-Term Care Clinicians Conference, Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine, and the Ontario College of Family Physicians Annual Scientific Assembly.

He has made significant contributions to the innovative and award-winning Division of Palliative Care at his hospital.  In particular, he led an initiative to use point-of-care ultrasound machines for patients with palliative care needs, allowing them to be treated on the spot to reduce suffering.

Dr. Arya serves in leadership roles at the national, provincial and local level.  He is a director-at-large for the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians, serving as the research lead and chair of the Choosing Wisely Committee for Palliative Care.  He is also the Chair of the Member Interest Group in Palliative Care at the College of Family Physicians. His advocacy for public health care and improved quality of life for long-term care residents has led him to serve on the board of the Ontario Health Coalition, where he Is also co-chair of the committee for long-term care reform.

For his efforts, Dr. Arya has received several awards, including the Community Preceptor Teaching Award from McMaster University and being named a “Hero in the Home” by the Central West health Region. William Osler Health System has named him a “Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Change Champion”.  Recently, he was awarded the 2020 Award of Excellence in Social Responsibility, from the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto.

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    • McMaster University Department of Family Medicine
    • David Braley Health Sciences Centre
    • 100 Main Street West, 6th Floor
    • Hamilton, ON L8P 1H6
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