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Palliative Care

Vanderbilt Palliative Care improves quality of life for people with serious illnesses and for their families. This type of care focuses on relieving symptoms, pain and stress. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness. It can be provided together with treatment meant to cure disease.

Meet Your Care Team

Rajiv Agarwal

Rajiv AgarwalBA, MD

    Cancer, Gastrointestinal, Hematology/Oncology, Liver Cancer, Medical Oncology, Metastatic Cancer, Palliative Care
Maie H. El-sourady

Maie H. El-souradyMD, MSc

    General Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Palliative Care, Pediatric Primary Care, Primary Care, Well Child Care
Tiffany E. Hines

Tiffany E. HinesMD

    General Pediatrics, Internal Medicine, Palliative Care, Pediatric Palliative Care, Pediatric Primary Care, Primary Care
Mohana B. Karlekar

Mohana B. KarlekarMD

    Allergy / Pulmonary and Critical Care, Cancer, Cardiovascular Medicine, Congestive Heart Failure, Cystic Fibrosis, Geriatric Medicine, Internal Medicine
Sara F. Martin

Sara F. MartinMD

    Internal Medicine, Palliative Care
Catherine A. McCarty

Catherine A. McCartyPA

    Internal Medicine, Palliative Care
Jennifer J. McNaught

Jennifer J. McNaughtAPRN, MSN

    Internal Medicine, Palliative Care
Jill R. Nelson

Jill R. NelsonMSN

    Internal Medicine, Palliative Care

Why Choose Palliative Care at Vanderbilt

  • conference, Team approach, people, staff, partners
    Team approach

    Our team is led by specialty-trained doctors and nurse practitioners and includes specialized palliative care case managers, social workers and nurses. Our team also works closely with other specialists, including pastoral care, child life and pharmacy.

  • timing, timer, clock, fast, speedy, rapid, Convenient care
    Convenient services

    Our team is readily available to consult with patients and families. Our providers and services are available in inpatient and outpatient settings.

  • family, parents, child, Patient-centered care, healthcare
    Patient-centered care

    Our Palliative Care Unit provides services to patients who need aggressive symptom management or have other complex care needs. This unit provides opportunities for more visitation, a private family room and amenities such as toys and drawing materials for children.

  • people, Tumor board, team, staff, partners
    Coordinated care

    Our team of doctors, nurses and specialists works with patients’ other doctors to provide an extra layer of support.

Tests, Treatments and Services

We offer a full range of tests, treatments and services, including:

  • Helping patients navigate healthcare to receive care aligned with goals and values
  • Managing symptoms from serious illness
  • Planning for your medical care in advance


Vanderbilt Health One Hundred Oaks
719 Thompson Lane, Suite 38500
Nashville, TN 37204
Today's hours:8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Vanderbilt Health Belle Meade
6002 Highway 100
Nashville, TN 37205
Today's hours:8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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