Dr. Cara Levin grew up in Arizona but went out east for college and then nursing school. She worked as an ICU nurse in Washington, DC before heading back west for medical school at the University of Arizona. Dr. Levin moved up to Portland, OR for residency in internal medicine at Oregon Health and Science University. She has been interested in the hospice and palliative care field, especially difficult communication and decision making in serious illness and at the end of life. She is excited to be at Stanford for this next step, and looking forward to exploring the Bay Area!
Dr. Mukund Ramkumar attended medical school at UT Southwestern followed by Internal Medicine residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. During residency, he spent a year studying Hindu philosophy at a traditional Hindu seminary school in Trinidad. Dr. Ramkumar passion is in helping patients and families through the tumultuous experience in the Intensive Care Units. There is so much suffering in the ICU and Dr. Ramkumar’s mission is to help alleviate this suffering. He subsequently completed Critical Care Medicine fellowship at Stanford and decided to pursue a fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Care Medicine. His professional interests are studying goal concordant care in the ICU setting and present the work at a national conference. Dr. Ramkumar has also worked on QI projects to improve patient treatment preferences documentation. He envisions a career in improving systems to deliver patient and family-centered care in ICU. Dr. Ramkumar’s personal life revolves around his toddler who is growing up too fast and always keeps him entertained!
Dr. Shana Segers is originally from Long Island, NY. She worked as an ICU nurse for 4 years, before she attended Albany Medical College in Albany, NY. From there, she completed her residency in Anesthesiology at Emory University. During her residency, Dr. Segers realized how much she missed being at the bedside, especially in an ICU setting. She came to Stanford to complete a fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at Stanford. Empowering her passion in both Ethics and End-of-Life issues, she is excited to now be doing a second fellowship in Palliative Care. Dr. Segers hopes to be able to incorporate all three fields into her practice. Dr. Segers loves sports and had a very distinguished collegiate career in volleyball, basketball, and track at Johns Hopkins University, where she is a member of the Sports Hall of Fame. Dr. Segers is also a member of the semi-pro women’s tackle football team, the Boston Renegades. She has earned 3 national championships during her time with the team. When she is not caring for patients or being competitive on the field, Dr. Segers loves to sing Karaoke and listen to audiobooks.
Dr. Nainwant Singh was born on the Fiji Islands, and grew up in Sacramento. She completed MD program at University of California, Davis School of Medicine, and recently finished internal medicine residency at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center. Dr. Singh had a special place for Palliative care since the third year of medical school and has been involved with palliative research since then. She did a scholarly project to analyze international palliative care resources during her medical school and last year, she was given the opportunity to work with the PC-PAICE team to evaluate strategies for fostering awareness of palliative care in India. Dr. Singh is very interested in international medicine and has served in Fiji as a medical student and in South Africa as a medical resident. In the future, she aims to combine these two fields by working with health officials in developing countries to provide equitable, accessible palliative resources. Dr. Singh spends free time hanging out with her adorable niece, reading fictional novels, Instagramming her culinary creations, and enjoying the natural beauty of the local parks.
Dr. Winston Wey trained at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City for medical school, where he had his first exposure to palliative medicine. Dr. Wey completed his internal medicine residency at the University at Buffalo in New York, where he had the privilege of serving as an inaugural wellness chief resident for the program. He is excited to be back home in the Bay Area and to be a part of the Hospice and Palliative Medicine fellowship at Stanford. Dr. Wey has a particular interest in wellness, medical education, and the interdisciplinary relationship between palliative medicine and other specialties, and believes that many tenets of palliative medicine can be taught to and applied by providers from different departments with relative ease and efficacy. His hobbies include yoga, judo, swing dance, basketball, and eating out at restaurants – basically, all activities that are affected by shelter-in-place mandates.