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New Hospitalist Joins Fox Chase

PHILADELPHIA (December 30, 2008) — Mala T. Kailasam, MD, MPH - Hospitalist, Internal Medicine, has joined Fox Chase Cancer Center's department of medicine as an attending physician for the hospitalist service.  She and her colleagues coordinate inpatient care and provide an additional level of support of patients.

"As a hospitalist, I focus on the medical issues of all acutely ill hospitalized patients," Kailasam explained. "In particular, managing pre-existing or new medical conditions that are associated with cancer or its treatment is important for a better chance of successful outcomes in acutely ill patients.

"This involves dedication to coordinating the complete care of inpatients and ensuring a seamless transition into and out of the hospital," she added.

A board-certified internist, Kailasam earned her medical degree at Bangalore Medical College in Bangalore, India.  She completed residencies at Mysore Medical College in Mysore, India; LNJP Hospital in New Delhi, India; and later at Yale School of Medicine's Griffin Hospital in Derby, Conn.  Griffin honored her as Outstanding Intern of the Year for 1999-2000 and for Outstanding Achievement by a House Officer, 2000-2001.

Kailasam held postdoctoral research fellowships, studying hypertension and kidney disease, at the University of California at San Diego and at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles.  She received her master of public health degree in 1997 at San Diego State University, concentrating in epidemiology and biostatistics. 

In addition to serving as an inpatient specialist, Kailasam said, "I hope to join the team of physician scientists in Fox Chase involved in clinical and epidemiological research related to cancer."

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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