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.
At the funeral of a mutual acquaintance, a doctor rues, "Do you even wonder how many patients we have harmed through opioids because we simply didn't know any better?" "And all the reassurances we gave patients that it was okay to use them for a short time", a nurse adds.
Many years ago, when I was a trainee physician, a formal feedback to track my progress never materialised. Instead, late one evening, with no prior notice, I was marched into a room and told by a clearly enraged consultant that he wished I had never been selected into the training program.
"Why don't doctors do something about obesity?" This is the puzzled question from a friend that plays on my mind after a recent encounter with a patient that proves unpredictably upsetting. The patient needs chemotherapy for her newly diagnosed cancer and is understandably terrified.

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.