Dr. Rishi Sawhney is the Medical Director & Chair of the Stanford Health Care ValleyCare Cancer program. His approach to patient care involves focusing on the whole person rather than their disease process alone. He strongly believes that the difference between care and caring is a small step, but one that makes a huge difference in the lives of his patients.

Dr. Sawhney has dedicated himself to building a community cancer program that provides high quality medicine with a personalized touch close to home. These efforts culminated in the development of a multidisciplinary, nationally accredited breast center of excellence.

Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology (2008)
  • Fellowship: UCLA Division of Hematology-Oncology (2007)
  • Residency, Case Western Reserve University, OH (2004)
  • Medical Education: Grant Medical College - University of Mumbai (1998) India

Practice Locations

Medical Oncology Program in Pleasanton Pleasanton, CA
Pleasanton, CA

5725 W. Las Positas Blvd., Suite 100

Pleasanton , CA 94588

+1 (833) 444-7622

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Valley Medical Oncology Consultants in San Ramon San Ramon, CA
San Ramon, CA

5601 Norris Canyon Rd., Suite 300

San Ramon , CA 94583

(925) 830-9293

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Breast Cancer Program in Pleasanton Pleasanton, CA
Pleasanton, CA

5725 W. Las Positas Blvd., Suite 100

Pleasanton , CA 94588

+1 (833) 444-7622

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Very Professional
He is a very kind doctor.
Great care!
The physician was terrific and thorough. I would have preferred to have completed a questionnaire rather than being interviewed by the PA
He is very thorough and careful to explain. I appreciate his style.
Dr. Sawhney is so great @ explaining everything in detail that is easy to understand.
Dr. Sawhney, He's a Great Dr.
From checking in to getting a vitals intake and meeting the Doctor, this practice epitomizes Professionalism. I’m very comfortable going into my upcoming surgery, after consulting with the Hematology team here at the Pleasanton office of Stanford HC
very comfirtable atmospheres
Dr Sawhney knows his business and just a very nice person to deal with.
The doctor I trust the most.
Very knowledgeable doctor he always has an answer to my questions.
Meeting was as expected and helpful
Dr. Sawhney is very clear and concise in his communications. I not only understand him. I trust him. And he writes great notes!
Very thorough
The staff is professional, highly competent, and very caring. They're terrific.
I really appreciate how attentive he is when I am explaining something, it makes me feel very comfortable.
Dr. Sawhney is an excellent and caring doctor.
First class place for Medical Care
He is fine
Staff and Dr's are excellent
The people who treat me are awesome
Dr. Sawhney is an EXCELLENT Doctor!
Dr. Sawhney is a good listener and communicator. He was able to address my issues.
Excellent Oncologist . He is always prepared and focused on my needs during the call.
The chemo center should provide headphones and or play soft music in background to help relax the patients during chemo infusion. It’s so hard to sit 3-4 hours for infusion and not able to hear music or look at beautiful scenery screens on big screen tv to relax the mind.
Very good care provider.
The attention, care and skills of everyone at Stanford Clinic was excellent.
Thank you for providing very good health care.
Very please with Dr, Sawhney, and his staff, always there for us when needed. Very helpful and pleasant.
Dr Sawhnee and staff have been straight forward and caring
nice suite
I drove an hour and a half to appointment on the wrong day, my fault. They were nice enough to squeeze me ine enough to squeeve me in
My video visit with Dr. Sawhney went very well. He was pleasant and courteous. Willing to reexplain if I didn't understand instrutions. I felt good knowing that he truly was interested in my health and trying to do his best for me. He wasn't distracted. He was there to talk to me.
He is a very caring and nurturing man and well educated! I have been using him for the past 15 months and refer to him for any of my cancer issues because of his knowledge, experience, and wisdom
He always welcomes me and makes me feel at ease.
Attentive, understanding professional care.
I love my Doctor. He has taken wonderful care of my CLL and has done so in a most considerate manner.
We liked very much, in that he although we never met before, seemed very knowledgeable, knew what he wanted to do, & what needed to get done.
Dr.Sawhney saved my life. He is caring, compassionate and extremely knowledge about his chosen profession. I live Dr. Sawhney.
Dr. Sawney is an excellent dr and I’m so grateful to have him as my Oncologist.
I’m very happy with the video visit he was very informative and answered all my questions
Dr. Sawhney is an amazing dr, he goes over everything with you and listens to what one has to say.
He is an excellent doctor and answered my questions.
I have been seeing Dr. Sawhney for 10 years now. Excellent hematologist.
Good inter personal skills. Easy to follow.
He is an excellent doctor
Very professional as expected.
Dr Rishi Sawhney is wonderful. He is truly a great doctor and he cares about me and my health. Thank you Dr Rishi Sawhney!!!
Dr. Sawhney is very professional and kind. I'd like to see him in person this year. Sometimes I think of questions after my visit and I can't ask him
Friendly,concerned about my well-being .
Excellent caring doctor, he is best at Stanford. I am very happy
Very professional, efficient and trustworthy
He is great! Informative and reassuring. Answered my questions fully.
I believe that Dr. Sawhney has a genuine interest in my well-being. He is not rushed and takes time to address my concerns and answer my questions. He demonstrates that he cares. I sincerely appreciate the level and quality of care that I receive from Dr. Sawhney and from Stanford ValleyCare and its associates. Thank you.
The diagnosis was obviously correct and the treatment was unbelievably effective.
Fantastic Doctor!
He did a great job! He explained to me in details my diagnosis and his action plan to get an accurate care for me, and he was a wonderful doctor makes his patients at ease specially for a first timer.
Dr. Sawhney is excellent and has great manner with patients. A notable courtesy is learning a patients preferred method of address rather than just slotting them.
Excellent job
Excellent as always
Compassionate, caring, understanding DR.
I really like Dr. Sawhney. He is very professional, yet he is also very down to earth and listens to my concerns. He is up front and very knowledgeable.
Dr. Sawhney is the perfect oncologist. Why? First, he listens, speaks to you with information that is useful. Plus, he has a sunny disposition and sense of humor. He is wonderful!
Very pleased with his care & concern!
Very good to my satisfaction. Thanks
Dr. Rishi Sawhney is acutely concerned and dedicated to his medical patients.
Dr. Sawhney appears to be very competent and kind. He seems just perfect to be the hematologist I need now.
He has been my oncologist for over ten years. I trust his judgement completely, based on the excellent rapport established between us. He has a great heart, and cares deeply about each patient he sees. He is empathetic, superbly professional, and has a gift for making one feel immediately at ease. His asks questions, then listens carefully. I have trusted him with my life, and always will. I have told many friends about the superb care he delivers; and have known other patients who received the same. Stanford is lucky indeed to have him as one of their cancer specialists; and I am proud to consider him part of my 'Dream Team."
Dr. Sawhney has been always been excellent. He is professional, polite, answers all the questions, not rushing and takes time for each visit.
Dr Sawhney was very knowledgeable about my medical history and the reasons for our appointment. It was very helpful that I did not have to repeat information that had already been provided in the MyHealth system
Dr Sawhney is very caring, very knowledgeable and explains a way everyone can understand.
Very knowledgeable, dedicated to his patients, kind, good personality, and also a sharp dresser!!!
Friendly, professional, and welcoming
Dr Sawhney has a nice manner
Good Dr and staff is great
Dr. Sawhney is a compassionate, well spoken care provider. He answers all questions simply so I can understand. Thank you Dr. Sawhney.
Dr Sawhney is very professional and competent. He saw me through a potentially scary time.
Risi Sawhney was great computers were down so office was a little crazy but the doctor I felt very good with
Our visit was efficient and questions were answered. I have a clear understanding of follow up information available to me and future visits.
Quick and easy
Very nice and professional
Very helpful and listens
Dr Sawhney seems to be a delightful, caring individual. I have not met him in person but if he is able to come across on a video conference in this manner then I'm sure he is even kinder face to face. :-)
Dr. Rishi Sawhney was clear in his questioning, explanations, answered my questions & next steps. Lab work was ordered & his office would call me for “In Office†follow up appointment with him.
Very kind and thorough doctor.
I extremely enjoy meeting Dr. Sawhney. Was great.
Dr. Sawhney was patient, kind, understanding and I really appreciate his approach.
I'm grateful to be under his care. He and his office are 1st class. Very efficient and extremely caring. They listen, and take your concerns into consideration. Also they take the time I need.
Great call. Dr. was very thorough with information and explanations. AND he immediately got things done. I was amazed!!
He is very knowledgeable Dr. and tries to answer my questions as best as he can.
Excellent. I am very grateful for the continued extremely high quality of care from Stanford.
Dr. Sawhney is an excellent, compassionate, and very thorough doctor. I am so glad he is my oncologist and feel confident and reassured that my healthcare is in good hands. He is one of the reasons that I go to Stanford Healthcare ValleyCare in Pleasanton. I know he cares and that I'm not just another patient. He treats us with respect and genuine concern.
He always understands what I'm trying to say.
Doctor Sawhney is the best. He is always willing to listen to any and all concerns I may have.
Excellent, very thorough
Dr. Sawhney is superb. I would recommend him highly.
Dr. Sawhney has been my oncologist throughout my breast cancer journey-11 years. He has always been excellent in every way-answering all of my questions with great patience, and guiding me regarding many issues that have arisen. I greatly appreciate the time he has spent with me. He is extremely knowledgeable in all areas of medicine and can calm my fears concerning cancer. I feel very fortunate to have him as my oncologist!
Excellent doctor. Very knowledgeable and well-informed. Personable and likeable.
Very glad that he is my doctor.
Friendly, extremely competent doctor. I am glad he is looking after my care.
Very professional
Dr. Sawhney explained my test results well and is a good listener.
he is excellent, intelligent and friendly. highly recommended
I am very pleased with the care I get from Dr. Sawhney.he makes me very comfortable.
Dr Sawhney is very helpful to making me sure I understand proceeding care.
Knowledgeable dr!
Your the best Docl... Again, very professional and very thorough. I always leave the meeting feeling... Ahh-hh - Good....
Very nice and explains test results thoroughly
excellent care and bedside manner. very professional.
We are very happy with Dr. Sawhney. He took his time with us, answered our questions, and closely examined my health history, and that of my family. He explained all the tests he ordered, and why he ordered them. He told me why he ordered another medication for me, and how I should take the new medication. Thank You Dr. Sawhney.
Video visits are ok for routine follow-up but I have not seen Dr Sawhney in about 2 years now! I think at some point I should have an in-person visit.
Dr Sawhney is a fantastic oncologist! He's been my doctor for over 10 years. He coordinated my treatment with all my doctors and cured me of cancer! He is not only a fantastic doctor but a very compassionate person.
Always caring, always listens.
He was professional and talked about the issues.
As always, Dr. Sawhney was informative and understood my needs.
Dr. Sawhney was very patient and answered all our questions. We’re looking forward to working with him.
Great doctor!
Very helpful with future instructions and understanding my current situation.
Dr. Sawhney was very caring and listened to my concerns. He explained all of my tests results in a manner that I could understand and explained his reasons for the type of treatment he was prescribing for me. He took into account my physical well-being when determining my treatment.
Thank you for your honesty and explaining things to be understandably.
I think he is an amazing Dr. Would recommend him to all . Thank you Dr. Sawhenney you are the greatest!!
Very happy with Dr. Sawhney
Staffs are very friendly and helpful
Great physician
Excellent, friendly manner. Gives me confidence in his skills.
I see Dr. Sawhney once a year to go over blood work. He is always pleasant and polite and clear.
He is such a good Doctor, easy to connect with.
Dr. Sawhney is very good at communicating. He seems to know what he is talking about and I feel I can trust his judgment. He also has a pleasant manner.
It was a great visit, and I like having video visits
Everything when fine
Doctor Sawhney and his team are amazing!!!!
Thank you!
Dr. Sawhney’s genuine care for his patients comes through. It doesn’t matter if he is on a screen or in person.
He is a great doctor !
Dr. Sawhney’s comments were organized as he outlined what was ahead for me in terms of tests and follow-up visits. As usual, he answered each of my questions and was reassuring. I feel comfortable with these appointments and have my next appointment with him as a video call.
Timely and friendly
very knowledgeable, attentive and compasion
Dr. Sawhney is an amazing oncologist, he is caring and one doctor you can trust. I highly recommend him.
Doctor had explained my situation and what he going to do.
Dr Sawhney is an excellent doctor. Listens to what I have to say and is interested in my thoughts and well being.
Great guy!
Dr. Sawhney is an excellent, knowledgeable and compassionate doctor. I highly recommend him.
He is very pleasant to talk to over the telehealth system. I enjoy my visits with him and his staff.
He genuinely cares about the patient, very professional very warm very polite
I feel extremely fortunate to have Dr. Sawhney as a healthcare provider.
Well, I say this all the time... He's the MAN ! Thank you Rishi Sawhney !
very good doctor
Dr Sawhney is excellent.
Alway helpful!
He is a wonderful and caring doctor. Superior bedside manner.
The call went well and saved me a trip to the office.
He has been my oncologist for many years now! He is very caring, He asks if I have any questions regarding what he has told me. He listens to all questions and gives great answers! Dr Rishi Sawhney is a wonderful caring Doctor!
Excellent doctor.
Excellent doctor. Informative and discusses plans for the future.
Excellent doctor and caring physician
Very co-operative and understanding.
Dr. Sawhney was easy to understand, right to the point, very nice comfortable visit.
He is the best. I will continue to see him even though I have moved 2 hours away.
Very good oncologist I would recommend him to anyone that needs a referral.
Dr. Sawhney is the only doctor I completely trust. Dr. Sawhney is the only doctor that understands I'm not overreacting about my health concerns. Dr. Sawhney is the only doctor that understands how much my mother's health history scares me, especially since I'm experiencing some of the same symptoms.
Doctor Sawhney is a wonderful doctor. So appreciate all he and Stanford Health Care have done for my family!
Dr. Rishi Sawhney is an excellent and compassionate doctor (oncologist). I'm so glad that he's my doctor.
Excellent physician!
Dr rishi sawhney is the best ever
Professional, friendly, knowledgeable doctor. Pleasant to visit.
He has a wonderful staff and does a great job!
Yes he is great. Probably my favorite physician and I have a few.
Dr Sawhney was wonderful and professional
Excellent doctor. Extraordinary bedside manner. Staff very friendly and helpful. PA answered all of my questions and was very compassionate.
EXCELLENT!!! Just an incredible Doctor and person!!!
The Doctor anticipated our questions and communicated exceptionally well, explained details so clearly , and was very warm and compassionate .
Best doctor on the planet. :)
he is very thorough and knowledgeable and helpful and friendly. I highly recommend him to anyone.
Video chat was satisfactory and Dr sawhney addressed all my questions and concerns
Great doctor. Very wise treatment plan. Considerate and humane
Very informative, kind, compassionate and excellent provider
Awesome dr.
Very kind and trustworthy
Dr Sawhney answered all of my questions and explained my treatment plan. He has a wonderful bedside manner and has great CI -Care.
Excellent Doctor
Excellent, kind, caring Doctor
A very caring doctor
Excellent doctor who explains things clearly. Great bedside manner.
He is very through in his explanations and what would happen next.
Dr Sawhney provides excellent up-to-date care. He communicates info in a manner I am able to understand and keeps me well informed. He also addresses any questions or concerns. Much appreciated!
Dr Sawhney is the best. He is so caring and concerned about my well being. He has a very good bedside manner. He is just wonderful!
Personable knowledgeable
Dr. Sawhney is very caring and professional. He makes it easy to understand my needs.
Dr. Sawhney is a great doctor..
Dr.Sawhney saved my life. He is a blessing to the medical community. I am very lucky to have him in my healthcare team.
He is a very precise, knowledgeable and caring doctor. I am pleased and feel comfortable.
Dr. Rishi Sawhney, VERY, VERY good doctor and damn good at what he does. I've always felt comfortable with him . Very knowledgeable; a real pro that shows a lot of compassion! It's very much appreciated. It's simple: You go to see a doctor unless he's a relative of yours that usually means there IS or WAS something wrong with you. One needs the Rishi Sawhney's of the medical world!
He is always very thorough and super friendly.
Dr. Sawhney is a really nice doctor but take to long to talk to me everytime. I am on time and i waited 40 minutes for him....
very goodï¼
He is my husband’s oncologist and he has always been wonderful.
He’s awesome
Dr. Sawhney had to deliver some bad news to me. He went through the results of a previous test, detailed what he would be doing and was very empathetic towards my feelings and my wife, who was with me.
Dr. Sawhney is excellent!
A very encouraging doctor
Always personable and interested and not rushed
Has consistently provided excellent advice and explanations for my post operative treatment. Great personality, too. Jay
Dr Sawhney is a great doctor, great communicator and very patient.
Thank you for your expert attention. Please keep Jane Cruz -- she's exceptional!
Dr Sawhney is our oncologist and the one who helped us diagnosis my Pancreatic cancer and get us in to see Dr; Vesser in Palo Alto. My surgery took place on the last day before the we were all locked down for the Covid, We are very thankful for Dr Sawhney's diagnosis and help in getting the surgery. I am no doing well. God Bless You All
Dr. Rishi Sawhney is an outstanding doctor. As I have been on video appointments only, I still continue to receive excellent care from Dr. Sawhney. He always takes the time to listen to my concerns and addresses them. It is so comforting and reassuring to know their are doctors like Dr. Rishi Sawhney who truly care and provide such excellent service to their patients.
Excellent doctor. Would recommend him to everyone who needs an oncologist or hematologist.
Dr. Sawhney is great, but miss seeing him in person .
Dr Sawhney has been my oncologist for 8 years and I have received a great deal of support from him. His compassion, understanding, kindness, and knowledge have helped make my experience with cancer so much easier to bear.
Dr. Sawhney is the best!
Excellent job.
My husband and I LOVE Dr. Sawhney. He has humor, patience, wonderful bedside manner, extremely knowledgeable, great communicator and well respected. We are honored he is part of Stanford and has been our doctor for over a decade. Give him a raise! :)
He is wonderful
He's great!
I have no other questions and love Dr. Sawhney’s show of genuine concern and knowledge.
Dr. Sawhney is the greatest!
Very good visit and all questions answered.
very knowledgable and easy to talk to
This was my 3rd video visit with Dr Sawhney. He is always professional, thorough and understanding. I appreciate his help and expertise.
Dr. Sawhney is a wonderful doctor who makes going through cancer treatment as cheerful as it can be. I look forward to my visits with him and trust his knowledge and advice. He is so kind, compassionate, and uplifting that I wish all cancer patients could have him as their oncologist.
I truly appreciate his professionalism and kind demeanor.
More time to need discussion for the matter, always too short.
Excellent interaction, knowledgeable, flexible
Dr. Sawhney is a wonderful doctor. He is very knowledgeable as well as personable. I have great confidence in him.
Rushing Sawhney is a good oncologist but a little hard to understand and I maybe spread thin with too many patients.
Dr. Sawhney is great.
Dr. Sawhney is very personable; answers all questions in a thoughtful manner. I find his knowledge in medicine to be top notch. Makes you feel like you are in the best of hands and has a kindly nature of optimism. Thank you Dr.
Dr. Sawhney... Excellent.
Excellent visit.
Good Doctor
Very good doctor. Very happy to have him. Very grateful that he is my doctor.
Excellent doctor - very comfortable - would highly recommend him to anyone seeking an oncologist.
Enjoyed helpful discussion with Dr Sawhney.
Dr. Sawhney is very thorough
Dr. Sawhney is very busy, but he takes the necessary time with his patients, so they do not feel rushed. A wonderful doctor.
excellent doctor, always thorough and friendly.
Love Dr. Sawhney! He is a great doctor and easy to talk too. I am thankful he is my doctor.
Excellent physician who answered all of my questions. Seems to care about treating the whole patient and thoroughly gathering information before prescribing a treatment
Dr Rishi Sawhney is a wonderful caring Doctor. I enjoy talking to him about anything I may have concerns about!
I appreciated him enough that I decided to choose Stanford over Sutter for my prostate cancer treatment. I believe that this says it all.
I provided something in the previous field. I felt that Dr. Sawhney was a bit rushed during my appointment and it would be helpful for me if it didn't feel as though he needed to move on to the next patient so quickly. I have a hard time pushing for all of my questions to be answered if I sense he needs to go.
He is an excellent Doctor
I think the doctor is very competent. Once I met with him he was very great. Just took awhile to finally connect. My previous appointment was canceled since no one told me that I couldn't do an appointment out of the state. Then it took weeks to get on his books.
Excellent doctor that I've had for over 4 years. Very caring. Listens to my questions and responses are very helpful.
Did not like his way of patient care and did not seem to know the information I provided earlier to his assistant. Not sure that I would return to his care.
I am deeply grateful for the knowledge and concern that Dr. Sawhney shows for my care. I feel he is thorough and does a great job reviewing my records and discussing my results and care plan.
Rishi Sawhney is very helpful and takes time to answer my questions.
Highly recommend this clinic and the health providers.
Did not explain to me possibilities & what could happen with biopsy. I had a traumatic experience and at my f/u visit he didn't care to hear what I had to say, and didn't gave me time to do it. He was rushed to leave.
Very Good.
Dr. Sawhney's manner and approach inspire confidence, and he is clearly concerned about his patients.
Love Dr. Sawhney. He gave me great care and still does.
Dr. Sawhuey is amazing!!
extremely happy with care provider's attention to myhealth issues
I am so blessed to have my Doctor Sawhney - Who cares about me. With COMPASSION & expertise - I highly recommend him.

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