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This week on MD for Moms, I’ll be interviewing opens in a new window Adult and Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Medicine physician Dr. Sonia Malhotra about end of life care. While this isn’t a topic many like to think about until faced with it, the road towards death does not have to be scary or bleak, and we will learn how hospice and palliative care allow people to live without undue pain or suffering. As with many hard subjects, knowledge is power and being aware of options allows for an easier time before death for everyone in the family. We will also explore the concept of ‘work-life balance’ (is it even possible?) and the concept of cultural humility and much more.
Learn more about my guest, Dr Sonia Malhotra:
Dr. Sonia Malhotra did her Med-Peds Residency at Tulane University School of Medicine which was followed by a Chief Residency in Pediatrics. She trained in Adult and Pediatric Palliative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh where she also pursued and completed a Master’s in Medical Education. She is board certified in Medicine, Pediatrics and Hospice & Palliative Medicine. Dr. Malhotra was recruited back to New Orleans in 2015 and led Palliative Medicine for a major healthcare system in Louisiana where she developed Louisiana’s first Pediatric Palliative Medicine program.
She currently leads the University Medical Center New Orleans/Tulane Palliative Medicine program as its Director and has established one of the first free standing Palliative Medicine outpatient clinics in the region. Her interests include building Palliative Medicine programs and expanding access to Palliative Medicine services for adults and children. Other varied interests of hers include cultural humility as well as microagression and their intersection with professionalism in healthcare. She has received numerous honors including the New Orleans Gambit 40 Under 40 Award, Ochsner Educator of the Year and UMCNO New Faculty of the Year 2019. Additionally her Palliative Medicine department was named Best Department of the Year 2019 at University Medical Center New Orleans.