Kavitha Ramchandran

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

Clinical Associate Professor, Medicine - Oncology

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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 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 medical director for PathWell dedicated to improving the quality of life experience for patients with a cancer diagnosis.

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.

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 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.

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 ,

Thoracic Cancer Program ,

Palliative Care ,

Thoracic and Lung Cancer Program ,



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(30 Ratings)

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(31 reviews)

Dr. Berry and Dr. Ramchandran are the very best!
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.
The best care team ever.
So thankful to have my care team.
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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