Mariam Velijanashvili, MD

Mariam Velijanashvili

Palliative Care Physician,
National Cancer Center, Tbilisi, Georgia

Member, Georgian National Association for Palliative Care

Fellow, International Palliative Medicine Fellowship Program, OhioHealth

Skype: marika-veli

Dr. Velijanashvili is a neurologist, providing palliative care in the Palliative Care unit of National Cancer Center. She is a member of the Georgian National Association for Palliative Care involved in the preparation of documents concerning palliative care, website development, the translation of palliative medicine materials, and various other projects. She is also completing her residency course in neurology, monitoring neurological patients with palliative care needs. She plans to expand palliative care capacity in Georgia by increasing access to palliative care by neurological and geriatric patients. Dr. Velijanashvili is also interested in the field of epileptology and EEG monitoring, a field in which she has trained and worked.

Other Appointments

  • Instructor, English and Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care for Oncology (EPEC-O), consulting physician at Transfiguration Convent Mercy Center, October 2011 – Present;

Key Accomplishments:

  • Translator, “Palliative Care for Neurological Patients” for new edition of Palliative Care textbook in Georgian, 2010
  • Participant in the creation of the Georgian government’s Palliative Care Action Plan for 2011-2015, prepared by the Office of the Coordinator of Palliative Care National Program, Healthcare and Social Issues Committee of the Parliament of Georgia under the leadership of Prof. Dimitri Kordzaia, November, 2010

Education / Honors:

  • Neurology Residency, S. Khechinashvili University Clinic of Tbilisi State Medical University (TSMU), 2007-Present
  • Completion of 6-week practical course in epileptology and EEG monitoring, Nervenklinik Wagner-Jaurreg, Linz, Austria, May-June 2011
  • Medical Degree, Tbilisi State Medical University (TSMU), 2000 – 2006
  • Translator-Interpreter Diploma, Secondary Faculty of Foreign Languages of Tbilisi State Medical University, 2000-2004

Key Presentations:

  • Integration of Palliative Care in Georgian National Health Care System- Past, Present and Future Challenges. Kordzaia, D., Velijanashvili, M., Georgian National Association for Palliative Care GNAPC, Barcelona, May, 2011
  • Implementation of Palliative Care Educational Courses in the Curriculum of Medical School – The First Georgian Experience. Rukhadze, T., Alibegashvili, T., Kezeli, T., Abesadze, I., Velijanashvili, M., Kordzaia, D., 12th Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC), Lisbon, Portugal, May 2011
  • Drawing Up a Methodology for Creating a Geriatric Palliative Care Model Tailored to Georgian Reality. Kordzaia, D., Rukhadze, T., Dalakishvili, S., Velijanashvili, M., 12th Congress of the European Association for Palliative Care (EAPC), Lisbon, Portugal, May 2011


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