Director, Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Associate Professor of Medicine, VUMC

VA Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC)

Chief of Palliative Care Program, Nashville Veterans Affairs

Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program Faculty

Medical School
MD, University of Madras
Brief Bio

Dr. Misra received her Master’s in Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh in 1996, completed her Medical residency program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in 1999, and is board certified in Geriatrics, Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM) She has been on faculty at VUMC since 2000. Over the past two decades, her work has focused on the issues surrounding clinical care, communication surrounding serious illness and the delivery of end of life care across the continuum. Through her roles as Founder and Director of the first HPM ACGME Certified Fellowship program in TN and Associate Director for Education and Evaluation and the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center (GRECC), she has created programs at VUMC and the affiliated Veterans Administration   Medical Center, that are catalysts for curricular innovation and evaluation in medical education and academic program development. She has presented widely and published nationally in these areas.

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Chief, Section of Palliative Care Medicine

Associate Program Director, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Medical School
MD - State University of New York
Brief Bio

Mohana Karlekar is the Section Chief of Palliative Care at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and is the Associate Program Director for the Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship.  She has been on faculty at VUMC for 12 years. She earned her MD from SUNY at Stony Brook and completed internal medicine residency training at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York. Her area of expertise is the intersection of palliative care and trauma and cystic fibrosis and has published and presented nationally on this topic. She is the recipient of the Hugh Jackson Morgan Teaching Award in 2009, an Honoree in the Alpha Omega Association in 2009 and received The Leonard Tow Humanism Award in 2010.  She is currently the chair of the state palliative care task force and is a member of the American Association for the Surgery Trauma's Palliative Care Committee.

Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Palliative Care

Director of Palliative Care Education

Assistant Program Director, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Diversity Liaison

Medical School
MD - Univ of NC
Brief Bio

Maie El-Sourady completed her undergraduate training at Duke University, and received her Masters of Science in Nutritional Biochemistry from UNC-Chapel Hill. She graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, and then completed an Internal Medicine and Pediatrics residency and a Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship at Vanderbilt University. She joined the faculty in the Division of General Medicine at Vanderbilt and is currently the Director of Palliative Care Education. In her role as Assistant Fellowship Director, she works closely with the Palliative Care fellows as they pursue specialist training.

Her academic interests include communication between medical providers and patients, as well as medical student, resident, and fellow education. She enjoys teaching communication skills both within VUMC and nationally. She enjoys working with patients and their families with serious illnesses both in her role as a primary care physician in Med-Peds clinic and as a Palliative Care consultant.