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Kavita Dharmarajan

  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR Radiation Oncology
  • ASSISTANT PROFESSOR Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
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Education

  • MD, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons

  • Residency, Pediatrics
    Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Residency, Radiation Oncology
    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

Biography

    Kavita Vyas Dharmarajan, M.D., M.Sc., is a radiation oncologist with specialized expertise in radiotherapy for palliation in advanced cancer. Dr. Dharmarajan received her medical degree from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons and Master of Science degree in social health policy from the London School of Economics. She completed her internship in pediatrics at the Massachusetts General Hospital for Children followed by her residency in radiation oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Dharmarajan has published several peer-reviewed articles and conducted an Institutional Review Board-approved research study examining patient decision-making in advanced cancer patients considering palliative radiotherapy. Her research has been funded by the prestigious American Medical Association Foundation Seed Grant Award. Dr. Dharmarajan has presented her findings at national meetings and has received several awards for her work including the Research and Education Foundation Award for Outstanding ASTRO Presentation from the American Association of Women Radiologists, an ASTRO Scientific Abstract Award, and the RSNA Resident Research Award. Her primary interests include integration of radiotherapy into a multidisciplinary treatment approach for patients living with advanced malignancies. In addition to palliative treatments, Dr. Dharmarajan specializes in radiation for skin malignancies, lymphoma, myeloma, and pediatric malignancies.  

Awards

  • 2013 -
    Resident Research Award
    Radiological Society of North America

  • 2012 - 2013
    American Medical Association Foundation Seed Grant for Outstanding Young Investigators
    American College of Radiation Oncology

  • 2012 -
    Annual Meeting Scientific Abstract Award
    American Society for Radiation Oncology

  • 2012 -
    Global Radiation Oncology Workforce Scholarship
    American College of Radiation Oncology

  • 2012 -
    Research and Education Foundation Award
    American Association for Women Radiologists

Research

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Improving communication in palliative radiation therapy

Desc: Dr. Dharmarajan seeks ways to improve communication around palliative radiation treatments, understand patient and caregiver expectations regarding treatment that can inform shared decision-making.

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Quality of life in radiation patients with advanced cancers

Desc: Dr. Dharmarajan is investigating the benefits and role of palliative radiation therapy in improving pain and other cancer-related symptoms in patients with advanced stage malignancies.

Industry Relationships

Physicians and scientists on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai often interact with pharmaceutical, device and biotechnology companies to improve patient care, develop new therapies and achieve scientific breakthroughs. In order to promote an ethical and transparent environment for conducting research, providing clinical care and teaching, Mount Sinai requires that salaried faculty inform the School of their relationships with such companies.

Dr. Dharmarajan did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2013 and/or 2014: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

Mount Sinai's faculty policies relating to faculty collaboration with industry are posted on our website at http://icahn.mssm.edu/about-us/services-and-resources/faculty-resources/handbooks-and-policies/faculty-handbook. Patients may wish to ask their physician about the activities they perform for companies.

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