Professor Dr Syed Qamar Abbas

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Qamar graduated from Dow Medical College, Karachi, Pakistan in 1993 after which he moved to the United Kingdom in 1995 to pursue higher training. His initial plan was to train in Cardiology but in 1999, he recognised his passion for holistic and palliative care for patients.

Professor Dr Abbas joined St Clare Hospice as a doctor when our Inpatient Unit opened in January 2000. He was appointed as Deputy Medical Director in 2006 and he has also been working as a Consultant at the Hospice since 2013. In November 2018, Qamar was appointed as the Medical Director of St Clare Hospice.

Dr Abbas is also an Honorary Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Princess Alexandra Hospital, Harlow; a Senior Clinical Tutor at the School of Clinical Medicine at the University of Cambridge; an Associate Lecturer at the School of Medicine at Anglia Ruskin University; a Visiting Honorary Lecturer at Muhammad Medical College in Pakistan and a member of the Race Equity Committee for the Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland. In 2024, he was made a Visiting Professor of Palliative Medicine and Medical Ethics at Ibn-e-Sina University in Mirpurkhas, Pakistan.

Qamar is also a trainer for junior doctors and an appraiser for the General Medical Council.

Qamar has postgraduate qualifications in Palliative Medicine, Medical Ethics and Medical Education. He has published scientific papers and reviews and written chapters for several books. He has participated in regional and national committees for the development of Palliative Medicine and has contributed to the formulation of guidelines in palliative care.