Kavitha Ramchandran

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

Clinical Assistant Professor, Medicine - General Medical Disciplines
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
57 Patient Ratings
6 Patient Comments

Thoracic Cancer Program

Palliative Medicine Clinic at Stanford Cancer Center

Palliative Care

Professional Education

  • Fellowship: Northwestern University - Department of Medicine Feinberg School of Medicine (2009) IL
  • Residency: UCSF-Internal Medicine (2007) CA
  • Medical Education: UCSF School of Medicine (2004) CA
  • Board Certification: Hospice and Palliative Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine (2012)
  • Board Certification: Medical Oncology, American Board of Internal Medicine (2010)
  • Board Certification: Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine (2007)
  • Board Certification, Oncology, Oncology (2009)

Honors & Awards

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

Administrative Appointments

  • Medical Director, Palliative Medicine, Stanford Cancer Institute (2012 - Present)
4.9

Friendliness

4.9

Recommended to others

4.9

Explanations

4.9

Listens

4.9

Includes you in decisions

4.9

Clear Communication

4.9

Confidence in your doctor

4.3

Wait times

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.

4.9 out of 5
57 Patient Ratings
6 Patient Comments

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.