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Sahana Rajasekhara, MD, FACP

Specialty: Hospice & Palliative Medicine
Program: Supportive Care Medicine

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Locations: Moffitt Cancer Center

Sahana Rajasekhara, MD, FACP is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Oncologic Sciences at the University of South Florida and an Assistant Member in the Supportive Care Medicine department at Moffitt Cancer Center. Dr. Rajasekhara received her medical degree at Mysore Medical College, Mysore University, India. She completed her Internal Medicine residency and Geriatric medicine fellowship at Staten Island University Hospital, Staten Island, New York. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians. Dr. Rajasekhara is additionally credentialed as a Physician Nutrition Specialist. Dr. Rajasekhara has been an avid advocate of graduate medical education and has held various leadership positions, including Assistant Program Director, Geriatric medicine fellowship at Staten Island University Hospital and presently as a fellowship site director for the USF-Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship. She is actively involved in teaching and training medical students, residents and fellows. She is a frequent speaker and advocate for patient and provider education in Palliative care and symptom management. Dr. Rajasekhara has extensive experience in the integration of safe prescribing practices for symptom management in cancer patients, the elderly and the terminally ill. Dr. Rajasekhara’s clinical interests include cancer cachexia and nutrition, therapy of cancer-related and cancer treatment-related pain and other symptoms and palliative care education. She has an ardent interest in the integration of Palliative care education and training of various oncologic fellows and programs and has been a promoter of the advancement of the field of Palliative Medicine overall.   

Education & Training

Board Certification:

  • Hospice & Palliative Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Internal Medicine


  • Staten Island University Hospital, NY, NY - Geriatric Medicine


  • Staten Island University Hospital, NY, NY - Internal Medicine
  • Staten Island University Hospital, NY, NY - Internal Medicine
Participating Trials

If you believe you are eligible for one of these trials or studies, please call
813-745-6100 or toll-free 1-800-679-0775.


  • Moale AC, Rajasekhara S, Ueng W, Mhaskar R. Educational Intervention Enhances Clinician Awareness of Christian, Jewish, and Islamic Teachings around End-of-Life Care. J Palliat Med. 2019 Jan;22(1):62-70. Pubmedid: 30004831.
  • Donovan KA, Chang YD, Oberoi-Jassal R, Rajasekhara S, Smith J, Haas M, Portman DG. Relationship of Cannabis Use to Patient-Reported Symptoms in Cancer Patients Seeking Supportive/Palliative Care. J Palliat Med. 2019 Feb. Pubmedid: 30794025.
  • Bulls HW, Hoogland AI, Craig D, Paice J, Chang YD, Oberoi-Jassal R, Rajasekhara S, Haas M, Bobonis M, Gonzalez BD, Portman D, Jim HSL. Cancer and Opioids: Patient Experiences With Stigma (COPES)-A Pilot Study. J Pain Symptom Manag. 2019 Apr;57(4):816-819. Pubmedid: 30703463. Pmcid: PMC6433506.
  • Mosley SA, Hicks JK, Portman DG, Donovan KA, Gopalan P, Schmit J, Starr J, Silver N, Gong Y, Langaee T, Clare-Salzler M, Starostik P, Chang YD, Rajasekhara S, Smith JE, Soares HP, George TJ, McLeod HL, Cavallari LH. Design and rational for the precision medicine guided treatment for cancer pain pragmatic clinical trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2018 May;68:7-13. Pubmedid: 29535047. Pmcid: PMC5899651.
  • Oberoi-Jassal R, Portman D, Smith J, Rajasekhara S, Desai VV, Donovan KA, Chang YD. Burning Mouth Pain: A Case Report. J Oncol Pract. 2018 Jul;14(7):447-448. Pubmedid: 29589986.
  • Chang YD, Smith J, Portman D, Kim R, Oberoi-Jassal R, Rajasekhara S, Davis M. Single Institute Experience With Methylphenidate and American Ginseng in Cancer-Related Fatigue. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2018 Jan;35(1):144-150. Pubmedid: 28299946.