Nathan I. Cherny

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Nathan Cherny

Nathan I. Cherny, MD, Prof., was born and brought up in Melbourne, Australia. He studied medicine at Monash University Medical School where he graduated in 1983 with high distinction. He then completed his Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of Physicians attaining specialist recognition in both Oncology and Palliative Medicine. During that time he established the undergraduate training programme in palliative care at Monash University. In 1994 he completed a fellowship in Cancer Pain and Palliative Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York. In 1994 Dr. Cherny joined with Prof. Raphael Catane to establish the Oncology and Palliative Medicine Unit at the Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem. He continues to head the Cancer Pain and Palliative Medicine Service and in addition, maintains an active practice in general oncology. Since 1997 Prof. Cherny has served on the research steering committee of the European Association of Palliative Care. In 1999 he established the European Society for Medical Oncology working group for the integration of oncology and palliative care. He led the ESMO initiative to develop policies on the role of the oncologist in palliative care, oncology training for medical oncologists and minimal standards for palliative care in cancer centres. Since 2008 he has been the chairman of the ESMO Palliative Care Working Group. Nathan I. Cherny has carried out diverse research work including opioid responsiveness of neuropathic pain, opioid rotation, opioid side effects and their management, cancer pain syndromes, suffering, palliative sedation, communication issues and ethics. Prof. Dr. Cherny has edited four books, he is widely published and he maintains the Shaare Zedek Cancer Pain and Palliative Medicine Reference Database website that offers a searchable on-line library of 42,000 palliative care references. In 2007, Dr. Cherny was appointed to the Norman Levan Chair of Humanistic Medicine at Shaare Zedek Medical Center and in 2008 was promoted to Associate Professor in Medicine in the Ben Gurion University of the Negev.