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Ranjana Srivastava

Oncologist, Author & Guardian Columnist, Monash University

Dr. Ranjana Srivastava is an oncologist, award-winning author and health columnist for The Guardian newspaper. She is a Fulbright scholar, a visiting scholar at the University of Chicago and winner of the Monash University Distinguished Alumni Award. Ranjana appears regularly on ABC television and radio.

Her first book, Tell Me the Truth: Conversations with My Patients about Life and
Death was published in 2010 and was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. Dying for a Chat: The Communication Breakdown between Doctors and Patients won the Human Rights Commission Literature Prize. So It's Cancer, Now What? The Expert's Guide to What You Need to Know is her latest book. Her upcoming book is After Cancer: A Guide to Living Well.


  • 2005–present
    Medical Specialist, Southern Health


  • 2005 
    Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Fellow
  • 2004 
    University of Chicago, Fulbright Award, Fellowship in Communication and Medical Ethics
  • 1998 
    Monash University, M.B.B.S (1st class Hon)


MBBS (First Class Hon), FRACPFulbright AwardCancer Council Victoria Arts Award for Outstanding WritingWilliamson Community Leadership Program 2011