Liliana De Lima
Liliana De Lima, MHA
Liliana De Lima
is a native of Colombia, South America.
academic background is in clinical psychology with post graduate degrees in health care administration and a fellowship in pain and policy studies and doctoral studies in Health Care Policies.
founded the first free standing inpatient hospice facility in Latin America, called Hospice La Viga in Colombia in 1999.
Ms De Lima is one of the founders of the Latin American Association for Palliative Care (ALCP for its Spanish acronym) and was its President from 2004 to 2010.
After her move to the United States in 1996 she served as liaison in Supportive Cancer Care with the Pan American Health Organization and the Pain Research Group, a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center where she developed a framework for palliative care in Latin America.
After this, she was named director of international programs in the Palliative care department, at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where she worked until early 2,000.
Since August 2,000 she has been the Executive Director of the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) and in this capacity, she has worked with institutions and government representatives to advance palliative care both locally and internationally.
Ms. De Lima is a member of the WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence and has served twice on the WHO Expert Committee on the selection and use of Essential Medicines and coordinated the application process for a list of essential medicines in palliative care which was adopted by the WHO.
has actively participated in committees advising governments on the implementation of changes to improve access to treatment and medicines and has published extensively in topics related to program development, affordability of medicines and policy.
She serves as an adviser in several committees and is a board member of her family business in Colombia.