Bharat Jenigiri, MD

Hematology & Oncology

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Specialties

Special Interests

  • Melanoma
  • Solid Tumors
  • Palliative Care

Education

  • MD - Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, India

Residency

  • Residency in Internal Medicine, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN (Chief Resident)

Fellowship

  • Fellowship in Palliative Care, University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, TX
  • Fellowship in Medical Oncology at East Tennessee State, University, Johnson City, TN (Chief Fellow)

Certification

  • American Board of Internal Medicine
    - Internal Medicine
    - Medical Oncology

Hospital Privilege

  • Mercy Medical Center
  • UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's Hospital

Associations

  • American Association of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • American Cancer Society
  • Patient Choice Award for Compassionate Care (2010-2011)

Patient/Provider Philosophy

To provide comprehensive and compassionate cancer care, while keeping the patient’s best interest at heart.

Year Joined PCI

September 2014

Why Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa?

Patients are best managed with a team-based, patient-centered approach—which I feel is what we provide at PCI.

Personal Interests

When I am away from work, I love to spend time with family, travel, and tinker with electronic gadgets and computers.

What Is Palliative Care?

Palliative care is specialized medical care for those with serious illnesses, like cancer. It focuses on providing  relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness—whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment.

Improved Quality of Life

Palliative care is symptom based care that focuses on symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, and depression. It also helps individuals gain the strength to carry on with daily life, while improving the ability to tolerate medical treatments. It also helps individuals have more control over their care by improving understanding of choices for treatment.

Defining goals of care and transitional plans early in the course of illness help you be in control of you disease. We try to help you make reasonable choices and help you achieve them as best as possible.

Palliative Care & Hospice

Palliative care is for anyone with a serious illness. You can have it at any age and any stage of an illness, and you can have it along with curative treatment. It is not dependent on prognosis.

Hospice is an important Medicare benefit that provides palliative care for terminally ill patients who may have only months to live. People who receive hospice are also no longer receiving curative treatment for their underlying disease.

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