Alexander Harding, MD, is a physician with the Supportive & Palliative Care Program at the Orlando Health Cancer Institute. He specializes in supportive care and palliative medicine for patients.
Palliative Medicine: An Extra Level of Care
Supportive and palliative care can be provided side by side with ongoing medical treatments at any stage or phase of serious illness. Supportive care addresses physical, mental, social, emotional and spiritual needs to help you cope, and connects you with community resources that can ease the burden on you and your family. This extra level of specialized care provides patients and families with care focused on assuring the best quality of life possible.
As a member of your care team, Dr. Harding works alongside you and other members of the oncology team; physicians, nurse navigator and other specially trained medical professionals to deliver specialized healthcare focused on:
- Managing your symptoms related to your underlying illness or treatment.
- Addressing your worries, concerns, spiritual struggles and the challenges of living with a serious illness, whether they are the result of your underlying disease or related to your treatment.
- Filling out your advanced directives that document your preferences for care as your illness progresses. Initiating conversations about what’s happening with your disease and what comes next.
Dr. Harding’s Training
After graduating from the University of Florida in Gainesville with a bachelor’s degree in health science-rehabilitative services, Dr. Harding attended the University of Northumbria in New Castle, United Kingdom, before earning his medical degree at St. George’s University in Grenada. He completed his residency in internal medicine at Orlando Health Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) and a fellowship in palliative care and hospice medicine at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.
About Dr. Harding
During his internship at ORMC, Dr. Harding served as chief resident of the internal medicine program. He also is the co-author of The Textbook of Palliative Medicine and Supportive Care and volunteer faculty at the University of Central Florida, College of Medicine. In addition, as a teenager he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout with Scouts BSA (formerly known as Boy Scouts of America).