Kavitha Ramchandran

Kavitha Ramchandran MD, graduated with an undergraduate degree in Human Biology from Stanford University, did medical school and residency training in medicine at University of California, San Francisco and completed her fellowship in Medical Oncology and Palliative Medicine at Northwestern University, Chicago. She joined faculty at Stanford University in 2010. Currently she is a Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Oncology. Dr. Ramchandran is recognized for her contributions as a leader in the integration of palliative and oncology care. Dr. Ramchandran is one of a small number of dual trained faculty who are working to build synergies between the fields of oncology and palliative medicine in the areas of supportive care research, and novel models of care. She now serves as Stanford Cancer Institute’s medical director for PathWell dedicated to improving the quality of life experience for patients with a cancer diagnosis. In her care of patients Dr. Ramchandran values a deep relationship with the families she cares for. She provides care that is aligned with the patient and family's personal values with the goal of the best quality of life and longevity possible. Dr. Ramchandran’s research focuses on developing care delivery models that incorporate values (patients, family members, and clinicians), as well as novel means of palliative care education. She does research on online education and in patient reported outcomes (PROs). She also is part of an active thoracic oncology trials group recruiting patients for clinical trials using novel therapeutics. Dr. Ramchandran currently serves as an editor for Cancer.net, the American Society of Clinical Oncology patient and family educational website, the planning committee for the Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Palliative Care task force. She serves as a clinician in thoracic oncology and in palliative medicine at Stanford Cancer Institute.

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Palliative Care Always Capstone Course (Coursera)

Dec 13th 2021
Palliative Care Always Capstone Course (Coursera)
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The Palliative Care Always Capstone course is designed to let you test your knowledge about palliative and help others understand the value of palliative care, while showing your creative side. In this course, you will impact community awareness about palliative care, promote self-care and wellness, show-off your communication skills [...]
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Supporting Families and Caregivers (Coursera)

Dec 13th 2021
Supporting Families and Caregivers (Coursera)
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This course takes a deep dive into the challenges families and friends of a patient with serious illness face and how you can care for and support them as a provider, social worker or family friend. Supporting Families and Caregivers especially focuses on the children of a patient [...]
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Essentials of Palliative Care (Coursera)

Dec 13th 2021
Essentials of Palliative Care (Coursera)
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This course starts you on your journey of integrating primary palliative care into your daily lives. You will learn what palliative care is, how to communicate with patients, show empathy, and practice difficult conversations. You will learn how to screen for distress and provide psychosocial support. You will [...]
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Transitions in Care from Survivorship to Hospice (Coursera)

Dec 13th 2021
Transitions in Care from Survivorship to Hospice (Coursera)
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This course should be taken after the Symptom Management course and continues building your primary palliative care skills – communication, psychosocial support, goals of care and symptom management. You will explore transitions in care such as survivorship and hospice. You will learn how to create a survivorship care plan [...]
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Symptom Management in Palliative Care (Coursera)

Dec 13th 2021
Symptom Management in Palliative Care (Coursera)
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This course should be taken after the Essentials of Palliative Care course and continues building your primary palliative care skills – communication, psychosocial support and goals of care. You will learn how to screen, assess, and manage both physical and psychological symptoms. You will explore common symptoms such as [...]
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