Dr Ranjana Srivastava

Fulbright Scholar, Oncologist, Writer & Broadcaster

Welcome to my website! I am a physician practicing oncology and internal medicine in Australia. I believe that the art of medicine is as important as its science and I am grateful for the support of the institutions and individuals who make it possible for me to promote my mission.

I invite you to read my columns and books and get in touch with your comments.

Ranjana Srivastava | The Guardian Archives

A link to all of Dr. Ranjana Srivastava's popular Guardian articles.
Cancer. It's the diagnosis no one wants to hear. Unfortunately though, these days most of us have known or will know someone who receives it. But what's next? With the diagnosis comes not only fear and uncertainty, but numerous questions, and a lot of unsolicited advice.
So it's Cancer: Now What? Is a practical, comprehensive guide to what to do when cancer enters your life, by medical oncologist and award-winning author Ranjana Srivastava.
With warmth and vigour, After Cancer demystifies the aftermath of treatment, delving into what survivorship really entails. Oncologist Dr Ranjana Srivastava also introduces a useful survivorship template.
"What do I owe you for this?" "Nothing." "What do you mean? You've just spent 45 minutes with me explaining all this stuff I never understood. Does the bill come later?" "You're in a public hospital, you don't pay us for your care," I say, with a familiar surge of pride.
Winner of the 2013 Human Rights Literature Award

Compassionate Healthcare: Wheeler Centre March 2016

Medical professionals and patients agree, on the whole, that our healthcare system should be compassionate and patient-focused – but whether we’re meeting our own standards is a whole other question. In this discussion, we’ll explore the idea of compassionate healthcare, and consider whether we’re meeting the mark in Australia today. Can empathy for patients be taught to medical students, or is empathy something that can’t be taught at all? Can bureaucratic and staffing obstacles create a crueller healthcare system? How much waste is in our system, and how might money be better spent to deliver the level of care that professionals want to provide – and that patients deserve? Join 7.30 reporter and Question Time host Madeleine Morris for a full hour of audience Q&A on the present and future of Australian healthcare. Madeleine is joined by medical oncologist Ranjana Srivastava, Lucy Cuddihy (head of nursing and midwifery at Barwon Health), and mental health advocate Kate Richards.
It will soon be a year since you died. The first letter from your wife was a sincere note of thanks, which made me wish I could have done something to prevent your sudden and unexpected slide into multi-organ failure leading to death.

Dr Ranjana Srivastava was educated in India, the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia. She graduated from Monash University with a first-class honours degree and several awards in medicine. Ranjana undertook her internship, residency and specialist training at various Melbourne hospitals.

In 2004 she won the prestigious Fulbright Award, which she completed at the University of Chicago. She was admitted as a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2005 and started practicing oncology in the public hospital system. In 2014 Ranjana was recognised by Monash University as the Distinguished Alumni of the Year. She was also appointed an adjunct associate professor in the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. Ranjana was included in Westpac’s 100 Influential Women of 2015.