Joaquim Julià i Torras, MD, studied medicine at the Autonomous University of Barcelona from 1990 to 1996, and specialised in internal medicine in 2003. He was awarded a Master’s degree in palliative care by the University of Barcelona in 2005, and a Master’s degree in health management from the International University of Catalonia in 2015. He has worked as a palliative medicine physician since 2003, first at the Hospital Mútua de Terrassa in Barcelona and then at the Catalan Institute of Oncology (ICO) in Badalona. Since 2010, he has been the Head of the Comprehensive Support Service and Palliative Care Department at ICO, which includes the palliative care, social work, psycho-oncology, and nutrition units. He was appointed head of the oncology ward unit in March 2016.

Dr Julià has been involved in teaching on the University of Barcelona Palliative Care Master programme since 2005; he is currently responsible for issues related to symptom control, including pain, breakthrough cancer pain (BtCP), and respiratory symptoms. He collaborates in other teaching activities, such as the Master of Advanced Medical Skills and the Postgraduate Symptom Control Programmes at the University of Barcelona.

Dr Julia has co-authored several papers on BtCP and is a member of the Catalan, Spanish, and European societies of palliative care, playing an active role in teaching events. He has chaired numerous meetings and workshops about pain and BtCP management. In 2011, he was honoured with the Annual Award for Professional Excellence by the Catalan Official Medical Association, and is President of the scientific committee of the Xth Congress of the Catalan Palliative Care Society, which will be held in Tarragona in March 2018.

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