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Queen’s community remembers Pallavi Nadkarni

The Queen’s community is remembering Pallavi Nadkarni, a professor, educator and researcher in the Department of Psychiatry, who died on Sept. 20. She was 45.

Pallavi NadkarniDr. Nadkarni arrived at Queen’s in 2011 after completing her education at the University of  Mumbai and the University of Leeds, followed by recognition as a specialist by the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the United Kingdom. She was recognized as a beloved and knowledgeable teacher, colleague, and friend.

“While working together in the Consultation-Liaison team at Kingston General Hospital, I witnessed first-hand her commitment to care, her strong advocacy for mental health support across medical and surgical wards and her thorough approach to education” says Claudio Soares, Head of the Department of Psychiatry. “I also remember her inspiring enthusiasm for education, always encouraging her trainees and celebrating every single achievement they had – from a publication in a prestigious journal to a casual PowerPoint presentation that was well put together, well-delivered. She always made them feel special.”

More recently, Dr. Nadkarni had expanded her scope of practice beyond KHSC and engaged in care for those suffering in the community, working with most vulnerable patients/clients at the AMHS-KFLA; her most recent colleagues and co-workers had the opportunity to see her in action, exhibiting the same dedication and passionate advocacy. She was determined to remain clinically active, working tirelessly despite her recent illness and the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. And so, she did.

Queen’s Community and the Department of Psychiatry will celebrate her life on Oct. 15 through a virtual event, when colleagues and friends will have the opportunity to share stories and memories of Dr. Nadkarni. Also, an announcement will be made to honor her contributions to Queen’s and the community for the generations to come.