Kavitha Ramchandran

Medical oncologist, Palliative medicine doctor, Thoracic specialist, Internal medicine doctor

Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine - Oncology

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Additional Languages Spoken:
Spanish , Tamil


Kavitha Ramchandran MD, graduated with an undergraduate degree in Human Biology from Stanford University, did medical school and residency training in medicine at University of California, San Francisco and completed her fellowship in Medical Oncology and Palliative Medicine at Northwestern University, Chicago. She joined faculty at Stanford University in 2010. Currently she is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Oncology. She serves as the Medical Director of Cancer Care Services for the Stanford Cancer Center across the enterprise, and is the inaugural Chief of Mentoring and Career Development for the Division of Oncology.

Dr. Ramchandran is recognized for her contributions as a leader in the research of thoracic malignancies with a specific focus in thymic epithelial tumors. She serves as a principal investigator and sub-investigator on several research trials from early phase to phase II and phase III studies. The goal of these trials is developing novel approaches and identifying new targets for the treatment of both thoracic malignancies as well as rare tumors such as thymic epithelial tumors including thymoma and thymic cancers.

Dr. Ramchandran also has research focuses on developing care delivery models that incorporate values (patients, family members, and clinicians), as well as novel means of palliative care education. She does research on online education and in patient reported outcomes (PROs). She also is part of an active thoracic oncology trials group recruiting patients for clinical trials using novel therapeutics.

Dr. Ramchandran is recognized for her contributions as a leader in the integration of palliative and oncology care. Dr. Ramchandran is one of a small number of dual trained faculty who are working to build synergies between the fields of oncology and palliative medicine in the areas of supportive care research, and novel models of care. In her care of patients Dr. Ramchandran values a deep relationship with the families she cares for. She provides care that is aligned with the patient and family's personal values with the goal of the best quality of life and longevity possible.

Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Fellowship: Northwestern University Hematology and Oncology Fellowship (2009) IL
  • Residency: UCSF Internal Medicine Residency (2007) CA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Hospice and Palliative Medicine (2012)
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology (2010)
  • Medical Education: University of California at San Francisco School of Medicine (2004) CA
  • Board Certification, Oncology, Oncology (2009)

Honors & Awards
  • Honoree, AACR/ASCO: Methods in Clinical Cancer Research (2009)
  • Honoree, Clinical Effectiveness Leadership Training- CELT (2014)
  • Nominee, Medical Residency Teaching Award (2012)

Administrative Appointments
  • Medical Director, Cancer Care Services, Stanford Cancer Center (2019 - Present)


Clinical Trials

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Practice Locations

Thoracic Cancer Program in Palo Alto Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

875 Blake Wilbur Drive

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-6000

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(57 reviews)

Dr.Kavitha Ramchandran is a doctor who exudes wisdom without being syrupy. She made me feel safe talking about treatment choices, the correctness of choices, the newer timing choices while validating much of what was presented. She cared about our family support system, and whether we were worried about finances. The treatable aspects were calmly discussed, embuing confidence we really liked her. Many technical. Areas were covered in such a short time. Thank you, Dr. Kavitha Ramchandran.
We have good communication when the tech part is working well.
She is a very good listener and a compassionate doctor. She does not rush visits and makes sure all issues are thoroughly covered.
Dr Ramchandran is very knowledgable, kind and compassionate.
She is so thoughtful and caring as always. Everyone who works with her is the same and can really learn from her since she is the definition of excellence.
She is the best doctor ever and her auxiliary staff is also amazing!
Dr. Ramchandran did an excellent job, she’s referring me to be back and continue with a new chemotherapy.
I was referred by Kaiser. All the interactions I have had thus far with everyone at Stanford has been great!
Thank you for caring so much. Your support means everything to us. You are very knowledgeable and have given my father five extra years to live already. We cannot thank you enough.
I am very impressed with all employees I encountered at Stanford. Exemplary institution. Especially was impressed with Dr. Ramchandran and her Fellow
She was very pleasant to talk to, and answered all questions to my satisfaction
Dr. Kavitha Ramchandran is awesome!!!!!
She's simply the best and I feel so lucky to have her as my oncologist.
I found Dr Ramchandran very caring and patient. I believe she listened and heard my concerns with a warm and professional attitude
A great doctor and a caring human being.
Dr. Ram hand ran is the most compassionate, kind, caring doctor I have ever had. How very lucky I was assigned to her. I’m truly blessed.
She has saved my life more than once, and did it in an almost angelic fashion.
Great doctor, great attending docs and great hospital.
Very satisfactory visit. All questions were answered
Dr. Kavitha has been vety good with explaining my situation and any alternative treatments. I've enjoyed being her patient and would recommend her to all my family and friends. I'm very thankful for having her on my team of doctors at Stanford Hospital. She's kind, informative, patient and shows empathy and tries to understand the patients point of view. Thank you Dr. Kavitha for being such a Wonderful Doctor and for taking care of me.
She is excellent
Dr. Ramchandran is the best! Knowledgable, kind, professional and cares about my outcome. I'd recommend her in a heartbeat.
She is an amazing doctor and I am grateful to be a patient of hers. I live in Stockton so it is far to go to see her and usually go every three months. It would be nice to check in with her on video calls in between as I just did and hope to do again in the future.
Dr. Ramchandran is kind, compassionate, has a sense of humor, and able to build trust and rapport with me and my husband. She is patient, a good listener and explains medical terms, procedures in simple, understandable, conversational language. She explains the risks and benefits of my cancer treatment plan and medications in a clear and direct manner. I hold Dr. Ramchandran in high regard and utmost respect. I would recommend her to others with no reservations.
Dr. Berry and Dr. Ramchandran are the very best!
She was very clearly and very nice
I would highly recommend both Dr. Kavitha Ramchandran and Dr. Surbhi Singhal.
Very good.
Dr. Schrarger referred me to Dr. Ramchandran (Oncology). I loved her & her assistant.
So thankful to have my care team.
The best care team ever.
Very happy with everything concerning our visit to Stanford but especially w/the time explanations, and overall information we received without even knowing all the right questions to ask.
Dr. "R." was great - thoughtful, kind open & very genuine. She made the experience so positive, and my family & I truly appreciated her.
This is my third consultation for an ongoing condition. I have been very well taken care of.
Great hospital. "Very good in general."
An excellent experience.
We couldn't be more satisfied with Dr. Ramchandran and Connie Li. They spent over one hour with us and made sure we agreed and understood everything. No MD or NP could have done better!
She is wonderful! She gave excellent care and shared information with my Oncologist at Kaiser in Valley. I think this will be a more hopeful outcome now.
Was told I would get a phone call from her the following week and I never did. I still have not heard back. Not happy I never got any kind of notice.
We love our new doctor she is great. She took everything we said seriously and showed empathy for us.
Very excellent doctor!
Wonderful team in every way.
Can't say enough good things about the Cancer Clinic.
Above & beyond - Dr. Ramchandran, had a surgeon nurse come in consult & look @ my infected port wound to assure "me" that it was healing properly "to ease my mind."
Very good.
The doctor & her staff are patient and thorough.
Doctor is very nice, warm & caring.
Dr. Ramchandran is wonderful.
Dr. & staff the best very happy to make our switch to Stanford.
Excellent experience.
It is good experience.
Last visit spent most time w/physicians asst. live in Santa Cruz and come to Stanford to see thoracic oncologist - would rather see her - PA very good but stage IV lung cancer - could use reg. oncologist totally - it's your reputation I come for.
Dr. Ramchandran is a dr. above all drs. She's knowledgeable, caring, and concerned genuinely for me. I'm not just a statistical number to her.
The best experience I have had with a doctor.

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