Palliative Faculty

Full-Time Faculty

John Weru, MBChB, MPC 
Assistant Professor

Dr. Weru has been involved in the field of palliative care since 2003. He holds an MBChB degree from the University of Nairobi, a Master’s degree in Palliative Care (MPC) from Dundee University in the UK, and a Diploma in Leadership in Palliative Medicine from the Institute of Palliative Medicine in San Diego, USA. He has been instrumental in building a palliative care service at Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi. Dr. Weru is the first palliative medicine specialist in Kenya recognized by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentist’s Board (KMPD), and is the leader of the Palliative Care Team at the hospital. Chairperson the East African Palliative Care Steering Committee, Dr. Weru has been charged with the responsibility of developing and setting up palliative care service in the region.


  • Weru KJ. Initial Impressions and Review of Literature Concerning Factors Affecting the Use of Palliative Care Assessment Tools in an African Setting. 2015 Jul 27; 1(2): 44-49. Palliat Med Hosp Care Open J 1000PMHCOJ1108.

  • Weru KJ. Telephone versus Face to Face Palliative Care Consults during Referral. 2016 Jun 20; 2(1): 17-20.   Palliat Med Hosp Care Open J. 000PMHCOJ2113.

  • Omondi S, Weru J, Asim JS and Yonga G. Factors that influence advance directives completion amongst terminally ill patients at a tertiary hospital in Kenya. 2017; 16:9. BMC Palliative DOI 10.1186/s12904-017-0186-z.

  • Tayreez M, Weru KJ. Palliative Care: Kenya’s Current Profile and Prospects for the Future in Silbermann M, Pallaitive Care: Perspectives, Practices and Impact on Quality of Life; A Global View. 2017; 1: 245-263

Sayed K. Ali, MD, FACP
Associate Professor

Dr. Sayed Ali trained in the USA completing his undergraduate studies at Stony Brook University in Long Island, New York with a summa cum laude in 1999. He got accepted into an early acceptance medical school program at Stony Brook School of Medicine, New York, where he completed his medical degree in 2003. He completed training in Internal Medicine at North Shore University Hospital in 2006 and in Hospice and Palliative Care in 2012. He is currently dual boarded by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) in both Internal Medicine and Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Ali is the recipient of many teaching awards including the Osler’s Teaching Award from the University of Central Florida in 2016 and 2017. Dr. Ali is heavily involved in Post Graduate Medical Education, teaching both residents and students as well as assisting with research projects, abstracts and peer review publications. His special interests lie in the role of various arts in medicine and the healing process.


  1.  Legare TB, Kumar S, Ali SK. Cultivating Communications with Patients. The American Journal of Medicine 2017; 130(10):1156-1157

  2. Ali SK, Malakouti M. The Family Meeting. Palliative and Supportive Care, 2015, 13: 1135-1136

  3. Ali S.K. The Invitation. Journal of Palliative Medicine. September 2013, 16(9): 1145-1145

  4. Ali S.K.  A little hope amidst war.  American Journal of Medicine, September, 2008 121: 99, 1-1