Dr Ranjana Srivastava OAM

Oncologist, Fulbright Scholar, 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.

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The Miracles of Modern Medicine

Feature interview on ABC Overnights radio broadcast

Dr Ranjana Srivastava OAM, 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.

Ranjana Srivastava: ABC Life Matters--Illness in the Family

This video is an audio of the three part series discussing how families cope with a member with a chronic illness
As I fetch my patient, his father and daughter follow. The patient's condition has deteriorated so significantly that he is now in a wheelchair and our conversation is going to be testing. Intuiting my fear, the grandfather says "play outside with Grandma, darling". She, clearly used to the request, acquiesces.

E.S. Meyers Lecture 2016 University of Queensland

Uploaded by UQMS - University of Queensland Medical Society on 2016-11-07.
"He is terminally ill, came in septic and they decided to resuscitate because there were no other directions," says my intern. The patient is in his 50s, gaunt and frail, too weak to even participate in decisions about his care.
Preparing dinner, I bite my tongue as images of the latest atrocity in Syria flashes on the screen. "Isn't he a doctor too?" my daughter asks. "Yes," I cringe at the "too" and rededicate myself to the carrots. But she knows that conversations about medicine are usually far more animated in our household and immediately sniffs out my reticence.
Imagine for a moment being diagnosed with cancer and being one of the 14 million people worldwide each year shattered by a diagnosis that sinks the heart like none other. If you are lucky enough to live in one of the handful of sufficiently resourced countries, you get to meet an oncologist.
The ceilings soar impressively high, the stained glass windows are exquisite, and the satin-adorned pews stretch majestically to the dignified altar. Amid the silence punctuated by the barest of sobs, I spot doctors whom I have long lost track of. And row upon row of nurses, still tight years later.
"You're the first doctor I have ever talked to," you say, too shy to make eye contact. "All the more pity I am your mother's oncologist," I can't help but think.

The Interpreter

When an interpreter hesitates before translating bad news, an oncologist realises how little consideration most health care professionals give to these invaluable conduits who are also human beings, emotionally affected by the news they help to break.

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.