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Amit Arya

Amit Arya BSc, MD, CCFP(PC), FCFP

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.  Working as the Palliative Care Lead for Kensington Health, a not-for-profit centre of specialized health services, Dr. Arya has developed a unique model of consultative “generalist-plus-specialist” palliative care, which provides support to long-term care facilities, working together with primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses and administrators.  In January 2020, he co-founded Doctors for Justice in Long-Term Care, a large coalition of over 1000 physicians and researchers advocating for an overhaul of the long-term care system in Ontario.  Dr. Arya holds joint faculty appointments in the Division of Palliative Care at McMaster University and the University of Toronto.

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 regularly presents 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.

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.

Dr. Arya is regularly featured in the media speaking about long-term care & other social justice issues and has been featured on programs such as The National (CBC), The Social (CTV), and The Agenda (TVO).  His opinion pieces have been published in Macleans, CBC Health and The Toronto Star.  For his efforts, Dr. Arya has received several awards, including the 2020 Award of Excellence in Social Responsibility, from the Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Toronto.

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