Ratna Behal, MD

Ratna Behal, MD

Pediatric Hospice and Palliative Care
Primary Location
Pediatrics Pain Clinic
300 Medical Plaza
3300
Los Angeles, California 90095
Phone
Fax
310-794-2104

About

Dr. Behal is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Pediatrics and serves as Medical Director of the Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care Division at UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital. She is triple board-certified in General Pediatrics, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, and Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Dr. Behal earned her Bachelor of Arts at Georgetown University and received her medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed her pediatric residency at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City. Thereafter, she completed her fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at the combined program between Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York City.

In addition, she completed a second fellowship in Hospice and Palliative Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA, Dr. Behal founded and developed the first formal pediatric palliative care service at New York-Presbyterian Komansky Children's Hospital in New York City. In her current role as Medical Director of Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care at UCLA, she serves on an inter-disciplinary team of healthcare professionals who provide an additional layer of support to pediatric patients and their families who are dealing with the symptoms and stress of serious illness.

Education

Medical Board Certifications

Hospice and Palliative Medicine, American Board of Pediatrics, 2018
Pediatrics, American Board of Pediatrics, 2013

Fellowships

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 2017
Weill Cornell Medical College (Internship/Fellow/Resident), 2016

Residency

Weill Cornell Medical College (Internship/Fellow/Resident), 2013

Degree

Georgetown University School of Medicine, MD, 2010

Hospital Affiliations

Research

Interests

Dr. Behal's research and clinical interests center around early integration of pediatric palliative care within a child's disease trajectory and enhancing well-being for healthcare professionals. In addition to her clinical duties, she serves as co-chair of the Wellness Committee in the Department of Pediatrics and is a member of the Schwartz Rounds Planning Committee. She attends on the inpatient pediatric wards as a consultant at UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital and UCLA Medical Center Santa Monica. She also provides out-patient Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care services via tele-health.