Dr. Krithika S. Rao

Assistant Professor

Department of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care


    Assistant Professor in Department of Palliative Medicine and Supportive care.

    Responsibilities: Academic mentorship to junior residents, interns and observers posted in the department


Subject Semester / Year
Palliative Medicine


Degree Specialisation Institute Year of passing
MBBS Rajiv Gandhi Medical College, Kalwa, Thane, Maharashtra, India . Feb 2010
MD Palliative Medicine Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India July 2018


Institution / Organisation Designation Role Tenure
KMC, Manipal Assistant Professor August 2019 to present
Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. Senior Resident August 2018- July 2019
Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai. Junior Resident June 2015- May 2018

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PI / Co-Investigator


Retrospective audit of outcomes of palliative care referral in patients with serious COVID-19 illness

Status: Completed

PI- Dr Seema Rao

Co-I: Dr Krithika S Rao


Retrospective evaluation of the prevalence and factors influencing Discharge Against Medical Advice (DAMA).

Status: Ongoing

PI: Dr Seema Rao

Co-I: Dr Krithika S Rao


Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on Palliative Care Outpatients.

Status: Ongoing

PI: Dr Krithika S Rao


A prospective study to improve mucositis related pain in head and neck cancer patients receiving curative intent radiotherapy 

Status: Ongoing

PI: Dr Shirley Salins

Co-I: Dr Krithika S Rao


Evaluating Need for Integrated Pediatric Palliative Care Services in children with cancer: Retrospective audit from Tertiary Care Hospital in South India

Status: Completed

PI: Dr Vasudeva Bhat K

Co-I: Dr Krithika S Rao


Validation of the PEDIQUEST Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale for Paediatric Oncology Patients in a tertiary cancer centre

Status: Completed

PI: Dr M A Muckaden

CO-PI: Dr Naveen S Salins

CO-PI: Dr Krithika S Rao


Validation of the FAMCARE-2 for advanced paediatric cancer patients in a tertiary cancer centre

Status: Completed

PI: Dr M A Muckaden

Co-PI: Dr Rucha Patil

CO-I: Dr Krithika S Rao


Validation of the Paediatric Quality of Life Inventory (Peds QL 3.0) for paediatric oncology patients in a tertiary cancer hospital

Status: Completed

PI: Dr Naveen S Salins

Co-PI: Dr Kunal V Ranjan

CO-I: Dr Krithika S Rao


Area of Interest

Pediatric Palliative care, End of life care in Palliative care, Complex Symptom management in Palliative Care, Neuro-Palliative Care

Area of Expertise

Lead, Pediatric Palliative Care services, Kasturba Hospital, Manipal.;Interprofessional Spiritual Care Education Curriculum (ISPEC) Trainer (George Washington Institute of Spirituality and Health, Washington, DC)

Area of Research

Pediatric Palliative care, ICU Palliative care, Palliative care in serious COVID-19 illness

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

  • International Association for Hospice and Palliative care- IAHPC Membership id: 3980, member since February 2017
  • Multi-national Association of Supportive Care in Cancer- MASCC Membership id: 1832, member since February 2020.
    Indian Association of Palliative care- IAPC Membership id: IAPC-2017-90002939, member since Jan 2017

National faculty:

·         Indian Association of Palliative care (IAPC) Academy

·         Certificate course in Essentials of Palliative care.

The pathway to comfort: Role of palliative care for serious COVID-19 illness

Indian Journal of Medical Sciences. 2020 August; 72(2):95-100 Rao K S et al.,

Palliative Care in Coronavirus Disease 2019 Pandemic: Position Statement of the Indian Association of Palliative Care

Indian J Palliat Care. 2020 Jun;26(Suppl 1):S3-S7 Damani A Ghoshal A Rao K et al.,

Palliative care for advanced cancer patients in the COVID-19 pandemic: Challenges and adaptations

Cancer Research, Statistics and Treatment. 2020 April; 3(5):127-132 SINGHAI P RAO KS et al.,