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Sahana Rajasekhara, MD, FACP

Specialty: Hospice & Palliative Medicine
Program: Supportive Care Medicine


Sahana Rajasekhara, MD, FACP, FAAHPM, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Oncologic Sciences at the University of South Florida and an Associate Member in the Supportive Care Medicine Department, Moffitt Cancer Center.  She is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine. She is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of hospice and palliative medicine.  Additionally, Dr. Rajasekhara is 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 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 advocates for patient and provider education in palliative care and symptom management. Dr. Rajasekhara has extensive experience in integrating 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 intense interest in integrating palliative care education and training of various oncologic fellows and programs. She has been a promoter of the advancement of the field of Palliative Medicine overall.  

Education & Training


  • 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

The Influence of Psychosocial Factors on Opioid Decision-Making among Breast Cancer Survivors
Condition: Breast

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  • Chavez MN, Tyson DM, Lake PW, Gutierrez A, Sherry P, Rigg KK, Marshall V, Henderson H, Rajasekhara S, Pabbathi S, Lubrano B. 'They say you can get addicted': Exploring factors that fuel the fear of addiction to prescription opioids among cancer survivors. Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2022 May.31(3):e13582. Pubmedid: 35354227.
  • Rajasekhara S, Portman DG, Chang YD, Haas MF, Randich AL, Bromberg HS, Rashid S, Donovan KA. Rate of cannabis use in older adults with cancer. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2022 Jun.12(2):178-181. Pubmedid: 33177114.
  • Marshall VK, Chavez M, Efre A, Lake PW, Rigg KK, Lubrano B, Pabbathi S, Rajasekhara S, Tyson DM. Barriers to Adequate Pain Control and Opioid Use Among Cancer Survivors: Implications for Nursing Practice. Cancer Nurs. 2022 Dec. Pubmedid: 36480307.
  • Wang HL, Donovan KA, Rajasekhara S, Padhya T, Buck HG, Szalacha L, Chang JM, Brown JD, Smith B. The pre-efficacy phase testing for PAfitME™-A behavioral physical activity intervention to manage moderate and severe symptoms among advanced stage cancer patients. Res Nurs Health. 2021 Feb.44(1):238-249. Pubmedid: 33373078.
  • Tyson DM, Chavez MN, Lake P, Gutierrez A, Sherry P, Rigg KK, Marshall VK, Henderson H, di Ciccone BL, Rajasekhara S, Pabbathi S. Perceptions of prescription opioid medication within the context of cancer survivorship and the opioid epidemic. J Cancer Surviv. 2021 Aug.15(4):585-596. Pubmedid: 33405057.
  • Tyson DM, Chavez MN, Lubrano B, Lake P, Gutierrez A, Marshall VK, Rigg KK, Henderson H, Pabbathi S, Sherry P, Rajasekhara S. Correction to: Understanding Cancer Survivors' Educational Needs about Prescription Opioid Medications: Implications for Cancer Education and Health Literacy. J Cancer Educ. 2021 Aug.36(4):893. Pubmedid: 34143414.
  • Tyson DM, Chavez MN, Lubrano B, Lake P, Gutierrez A, Marshall VK, Rigg KK, Henderson H, Pabbathi S, Sherry P, Rajasekhara S. Understanding Cancer Survivors' Educational Needs About Prescription Opioid Medications: Implications for Cancer Education and Health Literacy. J Cancer Educ. 2021 Apr.36(2):215-224. Pubmedid: 33428119.
  • Bobonis Babilonia M, Donovan KA, Lubrano di Ciccone BB, Rajasekhara S. When orthorexia nervosa meets cancer-A case review. Psychooncology. 2020 Oct.29(10):1507-1509. Pubmedid: 32419241.
  • Donovan KA, Oberoi-Jassal R, Chang YD, Rajasekhara S, Haas MF, Randich AL, Portman DG. Cannabis Use in Young Adult Cancer Patients. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2020 Feb.9(1):30-35. Pubmedid: 31436482.
  • Chang YD, Jung JW, Oberoi-Jassal R, Kim J, Rajasekhara S, Haas M, Smith J, Desai V, Donovan KA, Portman D. Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale and Clinical Characteristics Associated With Cannabinoid Use in Oncology Supportive Care Outpatients. J Natl Compr Canc Ne. 2019 Sep.17(9):1059-1064. Pubmedid: 31487688. Pmcid: PMC7771367.
  • 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 Oct.22(10):1191-1195. Pubmedid: 30794025.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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