Palliative Medicine Current Fellows
Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Hillary was born and raised in the Southeast. She majored in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton, later completing medical school at Wake Forest School of Medicine and a family medicine residency at Cone Health in Greensboro, NC.
Before coming to Vanderbilt, Hillary worked as a primary care physician in Rochester, MN, for two years, where she had the opportunity to take care of patients with chronic pain and in the nursing home setting. Thanks to strong mentorship throughout training and practice, she was compelled towards hospice and palliative medicine and is excited to continue her training at Vanderbilt, with its well-established program in both inpatient and outpatient care and access to resources like the Center for Ethics.
In her spare time, Hillary enjoys being with her family: her husband Dan, who is the interventional endoscopy fellow at Vanderbilt this year, their infant son Miles, and their two dogs (Swasey the sheepadoodle and Olive the standard poodle). They’re all excited to explore Nashville’s Greenway.
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Adult Primary Care and Palliative Care
Kiran was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Canada. She obtained her BA in history from McGill University in 2010, after which she pursued her MSc in health, community, and development at the London School of Economics. After medical school in Dublin, Ireland, she completed her family medicine residency at the University of Louisville in Louisville, KY. Her interest in palliative care was first sparked during her 3rd year clerkships in medical school and blossomed in residency through inpatient hospital medicine and geriatric care. After fellowship, she hopes to be able to practice both adult palliative medicine and primary care, as well as pursue her interests in health literacy and clinical medical education. Outside of medicine, she loves to spend her time with her family and her 3 wonderful nephews, cooking and listening to podcasts, reading, competing in pub trivia with her friends, and traveling as much as possible to continue exploring the world and expanding her horizons. She is so excited to be undertaking her fellowship at Vanderbilt University.
University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Palliative Care and Hepatology
University of Tennessee
Claudio was born in Valencia, Venezuela and moved to Memphis at the age of eight with his awesome and talented younger sister who is computer animator. He grew up a big Juventus/Italy soccer fan and continues to play in Nashville following the new MLS Nashville team. He's a UT Knoxville college grad and continues to be a devout Vol fan. Claudio traveled back to Memphis for medical school at UTHSC where he got to work with his dad and learned what it means to be a physician. He plans to base his career around palliative care in end stage liver disease. He feels very lucky to have spent the last three years at VUMC learning from his co-residents and looking forward to another exciting year in Palliative Care fellowship!