Kavita Dharmarajan, MD

Department of Radiation Oncology, Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, USA

Dr. Dharmarajan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology and the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin followed by a Master’s degree in health population science from the London School of Economics & Political Science and a medical degree from Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Dharmarajan completed her residency training at Massachusetts General Hospital and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. She is a recipient of the Radiological Society of North America’s Roentgen Research Award, the American Association of Women Radiologists’ Research & Education Foundation Award, the Association of Community Cancer Centers’ Innovator Award, the American College of Radiation Oncology’s Global Workforce Scholarship, and the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine Research Scholar Award. Her primary research interests include improving access to palliative care for advanced cancer patients receiving radiation therapy as well as facilitating better communication and informed decision-making among advanced cancer patients, caregivers, and physicians. Her work has been funded by the American Medical Association Foundation, the National Palliative Care Research Center, and the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center of the National Institute on Aging. She is an advocate for initiating and improving big-picture conversations about goals of care for patients and families grappling with advanced cancer. She is a trained Vitaltalk communication teacher and actively teaches Vitaltalk and Oncotalk courses at Mount Sinai and nationally for residents, fellows and faculty in medical oncology, radiation oncology, palliative medicine, and geriatrics. She directs the palliative radiotherapy service at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Terms of Appointment: May 2019 - Apr 2021