Naheed Dosani MD, CCFP(PC), BSc
Dr. Naheed Dosani is a palliative care physician who cares for homeless and vulnerably housed individuals with dignity and compassion, whether in a shelter or on the street.
A transformative experience providing care to a Toronto homeless man at the end of his life motivated Dr. Dosani to develop Palliative Education And Care for the Homeless (PEACH). The program provides community-based hospice palliative care to society’s most vulnerable individuals regardless of their housing status or factors such as poverty or substance use. PEACH brings housing, mental health, and healthcare providers together to plan an individual’s care while recognizing, but not judging, that person’s circumstances. This model of care has inspired similar programs in other cities across the continent and the development of Journey Home Hospice, Toronto’s first hospice for the homeless which opened in May 2018.
Dr. Dosani also practices palliative care at William Osler Health System in Brampton, Ontario, the fifth most diverse community in Canada. This dynamic palliative care team has garnered international attention for its innovative programs. Developing a virtual palliative care service and clinical research focused on gaining insight into the perceptions of palliative care within different cultures are two areas of focus for Dr. Dosani.
Raising awareness of the critical need to support access to palliative care for the homeless and vulnerably housed people is one of Dr. Dosani’s passions. His advocacy efforts include education and research, an active social media presence and coverage in print and broadcast media. He frequently presents to medical students, physicians, interprofessional colleagues, and the public.
Dr. Dosani has received many prestigious honors for his trailblazing work in providing mobile end-of-life care for the homeless. These awards include the Meritorious Service Cross for Humanitarianism from Governor General Julie Payette in 2018 and a humanitarian award from the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians in May 2019.