VJ Periyakoil, MD

Director, Palliative Care Education and Training.


VJ Periyakoil, MD , Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine; Director, Stanford Palliative Care Education & Training Program & the Stanford Hospice & Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program. A nationally recognized leader in geriatrics and palliative care, Periyakoil founded and directs Stanford eCampus (, the Ethno-geriatrics & end-of-life Successful Aging Project ( ), and Stanford End-of-life ( ). She serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the AAHPM Quarterly of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, as Senior Associate Editor of the Journal of Palliative Medicine, the Vice Chair of the Ethnogeriatrics Committee of the American Geriatrics Society and the Chair of the American Board of Internal Medicine’s Hospice & Palliative Medicine SEP Committee. Her work has been and is funded by grants from NIH, HRSA, foundations as well as the Department of Veterans Affairs. Clinically, she serves as the Associate Director of Palliative Care Services at the VA Palo Alto Health Care Center. Her research focuses on using technology to promote wellbeing of multi-cultural persons in the context of geriatrics, ethno-geriatrics and hospice , palliative care & end-of-life care.