The prestigious Argentine oncologist Eduardo Bruera will be invested doctor honoris causa by UIC Barcelona, at a ceremony to be held on May 18th. Dr. Bruera is considered one of the greatest promoters of palliative care worldwide and founded in 1999 the Department of Palliative Medicine, Rehabilitation and Integrative Medicine at MD Anderson, which is the largest palliative care center in the United States. He is also executive director of the Palliative Research Group and a professor at the University of Texas School of Biomedical Sciences.
Among his accomplishments, Dr. Bruera designed in the 1980s the Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale (ESAS), a clinical assessment tool of patients symptoms and needs that has been validated and translated into more than twenty languages, and is used worldwide in clinical practice. He has also devoted part of his research to analyzing the efficacy of palliative intervention and has concluded that good end-of-life care reduces the use of futile, high-cost therapies and improves the patient’s well-being.
Dr. Bruera has promoted the development of programs in developing countries in Latin America, India and different parts of Europe, and has trained hundreds of doctors, nurses and other health professionals in the final care of the patient. He has also given more than 900 lectures and is a regular guest speaker at the congresses of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC) and the Spanish Society for Palliative Care (SECPAL).
The investiture ceremony of the honorary doctor will mark the beginning of the Symposium – Person, Society and Care “Revaluing care to humanize society”, which will reflect on the human dimension of care and the work of caregivers as an essential aspect of our lives, both individual and social.
In the following link you can find more information about Dr. Bruera’s career: https://www.uic.es/es/universidad/uic-barcelona/doctors-honoris-causa/dr-eduardo-bruera-2023.