Kavitha Ramchandran

Kavitha Ramchandran

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

Bio:   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 2007. Currently she is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Oncology and Division of General Medical Disciplines.

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. She now serves as Stanford Cancer Institute’s Transformation Design lead for improving the palliative care experience for patients with a cancer diagnosis. She is also the Medical Director of Palliative Medicine at Stanford Cancer Institute.

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 possible.

Dr. Ramchandran’s 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 also is part of an active thoracic oncology trials group recruiting patients for clinical trials using novel therapeutics.

Dr. Ramchandran currently serves on the Patient and Survivor Care Committee for the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Palliative Care task force. She serves as a clinician in thoracic oncology and in palliative medicine at Stanford Cancer Institute.
4.9 out of 5
91 Patient Ratings
19 Patient Comments

Thoracic Cancer Program in Palo Alto

Palliative Medicine Clinic at Stanford Cancer Center

  • 900 Blake Wilbur Drive
  • 3rd Floor
  • Palo Alto , CA 94304
  • Phone: 650-724-0385
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Palliative Care

Professional Education

  • Board Certification: Hospice and Palliative Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine (2012)
  • Board Certification: Medical Oncology, American Board of Internal Medicine (2010)
  • Fellowship: Northwestern University - Department of Medicine Feinberg School of Medicine (2009) IL
  • Board Certification: Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine (2007)
  • Residency: UCSF-Internal Medicine (2007) CA
  • 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, Palliative Medicine, Stanford Cancer Institute (2012 - Present)

Clinical trials are research studies that evaluate a new medical approach, device, drug, or other treatment. As a Stanford Health Care patient, you may have access to the latest, advanced clinical trials.

Open trials refer to studies currently accepting participants. Closed trials are not currently enrolling, but may open in the future.

4.9

Friendliness

4.9

Explanations

4.8

Listens

4.8

Includes you in decisions

4.8

Clear Communication

4.9

Confidence in your doctor

4.9

Recommended to others

3.7

Wait times

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

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.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

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.

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

Great.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

We love our new doctor she is great. She took everything we said seriously and showed empathy for us.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

Good.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Very excellent doctor!

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Wonderful team in every way.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Can't say enough good things about the Cancer Clinic.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

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."

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Very good.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

The doctor & her staff are patient and thorough.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Doctor is very nice, warm & caring.

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4.9 out of 5
91 Patient Ratings
19 Patient Comments

SHC Patient, Apr 2017

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.

SHC Patient, Dec 2016

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.

SHC Patient, Nov 2016

Great.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

We love our new doctor she is great. She took everything we said seriously and showed empathy for us.

SHC Patient, Oct 2016

Good.

SHC Patient, Sep 2016

Very excellent doctor!

SHC Patient, Aug 2016

Wonderful team in every way.

SHC Patient, Jul 2016

Can't say enough good things about the Cancer Clinic.

SHC Patient, Apr 2016

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."

SHC Patient, Mar 2016

Very good.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

The doctor & her staff are patient and thorough.

SHC Patient, Feb 2016

Doctor is very nice, warm & caring.

SHC Patient, Dec 2015

Dr. Ramchandran is wonderful.

SHC Patient, Jan 2015

Dr. & staff the best very happy to make our switch to Stanford.

SHC Patient, Dec 2014

Excellent experience.

SHC Patient, Nov 2014

It is good experience.

SHC Patient, Nov 2014

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.

SHC Patient, Jun 2014

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.

SHC Patient, May 2014

The best experience I have had with a doctor.