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Reena Karani

  • PROFESSOR Medical Education
  • PROFESSOR Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine
  • PROFESSOR Medicine
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  • Hospice & Palliative Medicine

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  • MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

  • MHPE, University of Illinois at Chicago

  • Internship, Internal Medicine
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine

  • Residency, Internal Medicine
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine

  • Fellowship, Geriatrics
    Mount Sinai School of Medicine


    Dr. Reena Karani is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Medical Education and Curricular Affairs at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. In this role, Dr. Karani ensures that the curriculum and all assessments evolve to meet the needs of patients and the community, the mission of the Icahn School of Medicine and the learning needs of students. 


    Dr. Karani received her B.S. in Biology from Brown University and her M.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. She completed her residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center and her fellowship, chief fellowship and research fellowship in Geriatrics at Icahn School of Medicine. She is board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Karani also holds a Masters in Health Professions Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

    Dr. Karani has been integrally involved in educating learners at all levels. She has been a faculty member in the Art and Science of Medicine course, the Integrated Internal Medicine-Geriatrics Clerkship, the Internal Medicine Residency Program and the Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine Fellowship Programs. Dr. Karani has served as a course co-director of the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation’s Master Clinician-Educator Program in Geriatrics, the Mini-Fellowship in Geriatrics for the Non-Geriatrician and the Investigator Education Skills Training (INVEST) Program.


    Dr. Karani was a recipient of a HRSA Career Development Award and her research interests include performance based learner assessment, knowledge and skill transfer and novel curricular approaches in health professions education. She has presented her work nationally and internationally at meetings including the Society of General Internal Medicine (SGIM), American Geriatrics Society (AGS), World Gerontology Conference and The Association for Medical Education of Europe. She is the author of numerous peer reviewed publications focused on medical education and has served as a mentor to students, residents, fellows and faculty.


    Dr. Karani’s honors include Sigma Xi Scientific Honor Society, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, the Presidential Award in Medical Education from AGS, the John A. Hartford Center of Excellence Scholar, the Teacher of the Year Award from the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics, the Excellence in Teaching Award from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Fellow of the American College of Physicians and Master Educator from the Institute of Medical Education, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.


Stossel LM, Segar N, Gliatto P, Fallar R, Karani R. Readability of Patient Education Materials Available at the Point of Care. Journal of general internal medicine 2012 Apr;.

Dunn K, Locke K, Chheda SG, Bates CK, Karani R. Update in medical education 2010-2011. Journal of general internal medicine 2012 Jan; 27(1).

Peccoralo L, Karani R, Coplit L, Korenstein D. Pocket card and dedicated feedback session to improve feedback to ward residents: A randomized trial. Journal of hospital medicine : an official publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine 2011 Oct;.

Goldberg GR, Gliatto P, Karani R. Effect of a 1-week clinical rotation in palliative medicine on medical school graduates' knowledge of and preparedness in caring for seriously ill patients. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2011 Sep; 59(9).

Friedman E, Karani R, Fallar R. Regulation of medical student work hours: a national survey of deans. Academic medicine : journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges 2011 Jan; 86(1).

Dinescu A, Fernandez H, Ross JS, Karani R. Audit and feedback: an intervention to improve discharge summary completion. Journal of hospital medicine : an official publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine 2011 Jan; 6(1).

Bradley S, Karani R, McGinn T, Wisnivesky J. Predictors of serious injury among hospitalized patients evaluated for falls.. Journal of Hospital Medicine. 2010 Feb ; 5: 63-68.

Fromme H, Karani R, Downing S. Direct observation in medical education: A review of the literature and evidence for validity. . Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine. 2009 August; 76: 365-371.

Gliatto P, Masters P, Karani R. Medical student documentation in the medical record: a liability?. Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine. 2009 August; 76: 357-364.

Stark RA, Korenstein D, Karani R. Impact of a 360-degree professionalism assessment on faculty comfort and skills in feedback delivery. J Gen Intern Med 2008 July; 23(7): 969-972.

Chheda SG, Karani R, Dunn K, Babott S, Bates CK. Update in Medical Education. J Gen Intern Med 2008 Feb; 23(2): 195-201.

Karani R, Meier DE. Systemic pharmacologic postoperative pain management in the geriatric orthopedic patient. Clin Orthop Relat Res 2004 Aug; 425(1): 26-34.

Karani R, Leipzig RM, Callahan EH, Thomas DC. An unfolding case with a linked objective structured clinical examination (OSCE): curriculum development. J Am Geriatr Soc 2004 Jul; 52(7): 1191-1198.

Karani R, Likourezos A, Callahan EH, Thomas DC. An unfolding case with a linked objective structured clinical examination (OSCE): A curriculum in inpatient geriatric medicine. Acad Med 2002 Sep; 77(9): 938.

Karani R, McLaughlin M, Cassel C. Exercise in the healthy older adult. Am J of Geriatr Card 2001 Oct; 10(5): 269-273.

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Dr. Karani did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2015 and/or 2016: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

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