Ep:156 End of Life Planning | Dr. Adil Akhtar
Dr. Adil Akhtar is currently Chief, Division of Palliative & End of Life Care, Michigan Health Professionals, and Director, Impatient Clinical Services,
Karmanos-McLaren Oakland Cancer Center in Michigan. In addition, he is Associate Professor, Department of Medical Oncology & Hematology, Oakland University-William Beaumont School of Medicine. He is President and CEO of Advance Care Now, LLC. He is also the Medical Director of Premier Hospice and Palliative care. Dr. Akhtar’s medical specializations are oncology, palliative care and end of life/hospice care.
Dr. Adil Akhtar believes that everyone has a right to decide what kind of medical care they want. He is very passionate about the healthcare living will and advance care planning. He has founded Advance Care Now to help people understand and make decisions about advance care planning.
Dr. Akhtar received his M.B., B.S. at Dow Medical College, University of Karachi, Pakistan. His training includes a Research Fellowship in Experimental Hematopoiesis, Department of Oncology, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore; a Clinical Fellowship in the Division of Oncology, Department of Medicine, Wayne State University in Detroit; and his Residency was at Wayne State University School of Medicine, Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology in Detroit.
Dr. Akhtar also specializes in palliative care, the holistic multidisciplinary medical care for people with serious illness. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the physical symptoms and emotional stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. From pain management, emotional support to proper diet and nutrition. Palliative care can be implemented in conjunction with the cancer treatment such as radiation therapy and chemotherapy. Dr. Akhtar’s program is a pioneer in home based palliative care.