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.

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

On The Art of Medicine | Ranjana Srivastava | TEDxFulbrightMelbourne

What I learnt from my experience is that while the technical things matter, what matters most of all is the art of medicine. Ranjana Srivastava is an oncologist, award-winning author and columnist for The Guardian. She was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for her work on doctor-patient communication.
I guess I have been practicing this conversation in my mind ever since I met your mum and tried to push back in my mind the inevitability of what was bound to happen when I assumed her care. Your mum was my patient. I was her oncologist.
An oppressive winter has finally given way to the happiness of spring. Pretty flowers are in bloom and the bare trees promise to be in leaf again. As I walk into the weekend round, I feel happy for my patients who might be discharged, or simply set foot outdoors.
"I need you to see this patient now," a nurse whispers, her quiet tone masking a mountain of concern. "I am an oncologist," I introduce myself to the stricken stranger. "We haven't met before, but you don't look so well so I am going to help." He nods.
Author and Indian MP Shashi Tharoor on "the real story of the British in India"; Australian Senator Sam Dastyari on his fall from grace.