God's Grace at Thiruvalla

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God."

Dr. Chitra Venketeswaran Professor in Psychiatry and Palliative Care

Consultant in Psychiatry, Psycho-Oncology and Palliative Care

  • Professor in Psychiatry and Palliative Care
  • National Faculty in Palliative Care in India, Indian Association of Palliative Care
  • Member, Bioethics Committee, Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences
  • Faculty, Cairdeas, International Palliative Care Trust, Scotland, UK
  • Member, National Advisory Board, Indian Journal of Palliative Care
  • Reviewer, Indian Journal of Palliative Care
  • ?Member, Board of Directors, International Association of Hospice and Palliative Care
  • Honorary Senior Research fellow, Hull Medical School, UK

Education / Honors

  • SCAN Training – University of Leicester in July 2006
  • Advanced Course in Liaison Psychiatry conducted by the University of Manchester, at Manchester Royal Infirmary, from 10 –14 June 2002
  • Observership in the Department of Liaison Psychiatry in St. James University, Leeds Teaching Hospitals, NHS, with a special interest in Psycho-oncology at Leeds Psycho-oncology service, September 2, 2001, to October 28th 200
Palliative Care
  • Basic Certificate Course in Palliative Medicine (six weeks Course) conducted by Pain and Palliative Care Society and W. Bruce Davies Trust, Cornwall, U.K in 2002.
  • Advanced course in Palliative Care conducted by The Regional Cancer Centre, Trivandrum, Kerala along with the John Hopkins University, USA in June 2000.
  • Foundation Course in Palliative Care, conducted by the Global Cancer Concern (India), Pain and Palliative Care Society, Calicut, Government of Kerala, and Paul Hamlyn Foundation (UK) held from 13 –22 November 1999.
  • MD (Psychiatry), Government Medical College, University of Calicut, Kerala 1999
  • MBBS, Government Medical College, Trivandrum, University of Kerala 1991


  • Scientific Chairperson, 26th International Conference of Indian Association of Palliative Care, February 8-10, 2019
  • Scientific Chairperson, 24th International Conference of Indian Association of Palliative Care, February 10-12, 2017
  • Scientific Chairperson, 22nd International Conference of Indian Association of Palliative Care, February 13-14, 2015
  • Graduate, International Palliative Care Leadership Development Initiative, The Institute for Palliative Medicine at San Diego Hospice, San Diego, CA, and OhioHealth, Columbus, Ohio, USA, 2012-2014
  • Contributor for the development of Palliative Tool kit by Help the Hospices, UK
  • UICC International Fellow, Leeds University (Clinical Research), St James Hospital, Leeds, UK July 2006- June 2008
  • Initiated Psycho-Oncology clinics in Amrita, Institute of Medical Sciences, 2008
  • Initiated Psycho-Oncology clinics in Pain and Palliative Care Society, Calicut, 2003


  • Venkateswaran C, Anu Sonia Vincent. A Community Model of Mental Health Promotion-Its Relevance in Education-The Story of MEHAC in India. International Journal of Innovation, Creativity and Change 2018; 4 (3):117-24
  • Menon D, Venkateswaran C. The process of translation and linguistic validation of the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Brain quality of life instrument from English to Malayalam: The challenges faced. Indian J Palliat Care 2017;23:300-5
  • Purkayastha D, Venkateswaran C, Nayar K, Unnikrishnan UG. Prevalence of Depression in Breast Cancer Patients and its Association with their Quality of Life: A Cross-sectional Observational Study. Indian J Palliat Care. 2017;23(3):268-273.
  • International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care Position Statement: Euthanasia and Physician-Assisted Suicide. Liliana De Lima, Roger Woodruff, Katherine Pettus, Julia Downing, Rosa Buitrago, Esther Munyoro, Chitra Venkateswaran, Sushma Bhatnagar, Lukas Radbruch. J Palliat Med. 2017 Jan 1; 20(1): 8–14. Published online 2017 Jan 1. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2016.0290, PMCID: PMC5177996
  • Palat Gayatri, Venkateswaran C. Progress in palliative care in India, Progress in Palliative Care 09/2012; 20(4):212-218.
  • Thekkumpurath P, Venkateswaran C, Kumar M, Newsham A, Bennett MI( 2009). Screening for psychological distress in palliative care: performance of touch screen questionnaires compared with semi-structured psychiatric interview. J Pain Symptom Manage. Oct;38(4):597-605
  • Thekkumpurath P, Venkateswaran C, Kumar M, Bennett MI( 2008). Screening for psychological distress in palliative care: a systematic review. J Pain Symptom Manage. Nov;36(5):520-8
  • Chaturvedi S.K, Venkateswaran C(2008). New Research in Psycho- Oncology. Current Opinion in Psychiatry; 21: 206-210.
  • Venkateswaran C, Kumar TM, Thekkumpurath P, Bennett M (2008). Making sense of end–of–life distress. European Journal Of Palliative Care; 15(1): 17-21
  • Venkateswaran C, Kumar T Manoj (2006). Psycho-oncology in India: Emerging trends from Kerala. Indian Journal of Palliative Care; 12 (1): 34- 8.
  • Bollini P, Venkateswaran C, Suresh Kumar K (2004). Palliative care in Kerala, India: a model for resource-poor settings. Onkologie Apr; 27(2):138-42.
  • Rajagopal MR, Venkateswaran C (2003). Palliative care in India: successes and limitations. J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother;17(3-4):121- 8.
  • Venkateswaran, Chitra, Jose, Sonny, and Francis, Abraham P. (2014) Community mental health and NGO engagement: the Kerala experience. In: Francis, Abraham P., (ed.) Social Work in Mental Health: areas of practice, challenges, and way forward. SAGE Publications, New Delhi, India, pp. 276-300.
  • Kumar T M, Venkateswaran C, Thekkumpurath P (2008).  Psychological interventions in cancer pain management. In Textbook of Clinical Pain Management: Cancer Pain Ed: Bennett M & Yuan C. Hodder Arnold, UK
  • Bollini P, Venkateswaran C, Suresh Kumar K,(2001). Developing Palliative Care in Kerala’ in a book on’ Palliative care in Developing Countries. Edited by Professor Tannerberger

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