The Palliative Care Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center was first developed in 2005.  Our mission is to enhance the quality of life for both our patients and families facing serious illness through patient centered care.  We aim to achieve these goals through close collaboration with our institutional and community partners at the local, regional and national level.

Ours is a mature and comprehensive program that provides interdisciplinary care in both the inpatient and outpatient settings. The inpatient services are comprised of both a consultative service and a dedicated inpatient palliative care unit.  Outpatient palliative care services are offered at both One Hundred Oaks and on our main campus most days of the week. 

We are an academic program with a strong mission in collaborative care and education within our institution and our local community. Our palliative care fellowship, nationally recognized, started in 2009 through the Nashville Veterans Administration and has graduated specialists that practice throughout the US. In addition, we offer training to medical students, residents and fellows where they can learn more about our specialty and can fine tune their own skills. Our research portfolio focuses on the care of the elderly as well as novel approaches to integrating palliative care into cancer care.

Our program aims to foster leadership and support outstanding clinical, educational and research programs that increase the quality of care delivered as well as improve access to palliative care. By educating future generations of physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals, the program serves as a local and national resource for the best practices in palliative care delivery, education and research.

We appreciate your interest in our program.  Please do not hesitate to contact me directly should you have more questions.

Mohana Karlekar, MD, FACP, FAAHPM

Chief, Section of Palliative Care

Associate Program Director Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship

Vanderbilt University Medical Center