John Weru, MB CHB, MPC

Palliative Care Physician
Aga Khan University
P.O. Box 4614-00200, Nairobi, Kenya



• First Palliative Medicine Specialist in Kenya recognized by the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board—Year 2014
• Masters in Palliative Care, Msc(to graduate November 2014) University of Dundee, Scotland, UK
• Global Leadership in Palliative Care Diploma (2011) Institute of Palliative Medicine, San Diego Hospice, California USA
• Higher Diploma in Education in Palliative Care (2007) Oxford- Brookes University, Oxford, UK
• Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery –MBCHB (2000) University of Nairobi, Kenya
• Secondary Education (1992), Grade A Kagumo High School, Nyeri, Kenya


• Currently I’m working as the palliative care physician at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Nairobi Kenya


• Medical Director-Thika Hospice(2010 –2012)
• Palliative Care consultant-KICOSHEP (2010-2012)
• Palliative Care Doctor- Cancer Care Kenya (2010-2011)
• Senior Medical Officer-Nairobi Hospice (2007—2010)
• Volunteer Medical Doctor-Nyahururu Hospice(2002- 2007)
• Senior Medical Officer- Nhyahururu District Hospital (2002-2007)
• Medical Internship—Armed Forces Memorial Hospital, Nairobi

Research Interest

His research interest includes palliative care.

Scientific Activities


• Kenya Medical Association (KMA)
• Kenya Hospices and Palliative Care Association (KEHPCA)
• Africa Palliative Care Association (APCA)
• Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC)
• International Association for Hospices and Palliative Care Associations ( IAHPCA)
• Palliative Care Network (PCN)
• American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)


• The Socio Economic Costs Of Low Back Pain On Working Children Of Working Patients, 6th World Congress of World Institute of Pain, Miami, Florida , USA, 2012
• Palliative Care Practitioners: Use of Assessment Tools and Record Keeping in Palliative Care, KEHPCA Biannual Conference, 2010
• Dying in the African Setting-Audit in Palliative Care in Kenya, Multinational Association for Support and Care in Cancer Conference, Rome, Italy, 2009


He has published several articles in the journal of Multinational Association for Support and Care in Cancer (MASCC) as well as doing presentations during their annual conferences. He writes a monthly article in the Health Media International, a monthly journal that educates the public on health issues


1. Weru JK. Initial impressions and review of literature concerning factors affecting the use of palliative care assessment tools in an African setting. Palliat Med Hosp Care Open J. 2015; 1(2): 44-49. doi: 10.17140/PMHCOJ-1-108
2. Weru J. Telephone versus face to face palliative care consults during referral. Palliat Med Hosp Care Open J. 2016; 2(1): 17-20. doi: 10.17140/ PMHCOJ-2-113