- ASSISTANT PROFESSOR Radiation Oncology
- ASSISTANT PROFESSOR Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
MD, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons
Massachusetts General Hospital
Residency, Radiation Oncology
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
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.
Resident Research Award
Radiological Society of North America
Annual Meeting Scientific Abstract Award
American Society for Radiation Oncology
2012 - 2013
American Medical Association Foundation Seed Grant for Outstanding Young Investigators
American College of Radiation Oncology
Global Radiation Oncology Workforce Scholarship
American College of Radiation Oncology
Research and Education Foundation Award
American Association for Women Radiologists
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.
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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