Professor Eduardo Bruera awarded Fellowship of King’s College London

24th August 2023

Professor Eduardo Bruera MD FAAHPM has been awarded a Fellowship of King’s in recognition of his exceptional fundraising for King’s Cicely Saunders Institute and for the continuous academic and strategic leadership he has provided to the King’s community.

Professor Bruera is recognised across the globe as a world leader in palliative care and his work has been cited more than 50,000 times. He is Chair of the International Scientific Expert Panel for Cicely Saunders International and Chair of the Department of Palliative, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

I am delighted to have received a Fellowship of King’s. As a close friend and collaborator of Dame Cicely Saunders, I supported the initial fundraising for the Cicely Saunders Institute at King’s College London. Now that the Institute has been established for over a decade, I am honoured to continue to shape its future direction and to the mentor researchers who become the palliative care leaders of the future.

Professor Eduardo Bruera

Professor Bruera’s work on cancer cachexia has opened new lines of treatment and his work on pain management has increased the availability of pain medicines for those who need them. He pioneered and built a spring loaded syringe driver for use in countries where batteries were scarce and was one of the first to research treatments for breathlessness in cancer.

Through his collaborations with both the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization, Professor Bruera has contributed to the development of palliative care around the world. The Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale (ESAS) he developed is now used across the globe and has been translated into more than twenty languages.

Professor Bruera is one of the most important people globally in palliative care. In addition to this immense contribution to the field of palliative care internationally, Professor Bruera has devoted time over his career to guiding and advising the development of the world’s first purpose-built Institute of Palliative Care – the Cicely Saunders Institute of Palliative Care, Policy & Rehabilitation – at King’s College London.

Professor Irene Higginson, Executive Dean, Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care

Training others have defined Professor Bruera’s career. Over the years, he has trained hundreds of physicians who are currently practising palliative care and oncology around the world.