Associate Program Director, Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Chief, Section of Palliative Care Medicine


MD - State University of New York

Postgraduate Training


Mount Sinai Medical Center

Board and Certifications
  • Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine, 1998
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine, 2010
Professional Highlights

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.

Clinical Interest

Areas of Expertise

  • Allergy / Pulmonary and Critical Care
  • Cancer
  • Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Liver Cancer
  • Palliative Care
  • Primary Care