COSA 2016November 15 - 17, 2016 Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

Dr Ranjana Srivastava

Dr Ranjana Srivastava is a medical oncologist, Fulbright scholar, award-winning writer, and a columnist for The Guardian newspaper. After an upbringing in India, the UK and the United States, she graduated from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia with first-class honours. In 2004, Ranjana was awarded a Fulbright Award and was Australia's highest-ranked recipient that year. She used it to complete an ethics fellowship at the MacLean Centre of Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. She became a fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians in 2005 and now practices in the public hospital system in Melbourne. She is on the advisory council of the Victorian Health Commissioner. Ranjana has written widely on the subject of medicine and humanity and ethics. She publishes frequently in the New England Journal of Medicine and has also appeared in The Lancet, JAMA, Annals of Internal Medicine, Time Magazine and several other publications including Australia's Best Science Writing. She has won the Cancer Council Victoria award for outstanding writing as well as the Gus Nossal Prize for Global Health writing. Her first book, Tell Me The Truth: Conversations with my Patients about Life and Death (Penguin) was shortlisted for a major literary award. Her second book, Dying for a Chat: The Communication Breakdown Between Doctors and Patients, won the Human Rights Literature Prize. Her third book, So It's Cancer, Now What? has been published worldwide. Her most recent book is After Cancer: A Guide to Living Well and she is at work on her fifth book. Previously having written for Fairfax Media, Ranjana is now one of the most widely-read regular columnists at The Guardian, where she writes on issues of medicine and humanity. She is a health presenter on the ABC and on Radio National's Life Matters. Ranjana has appeared at the Sydney Writers' Festival, the Adelaide Festival of Ideas and a variety of influential programs including Q&A, Insight and Catalyst. Her roles as a medical volunteer have included working with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre in Melbourne as an oncology registrar, with the Missionaries of Charity in Calcutta; and in post-tsunami Maldives. Her contribution to medicine was recognised with the Monash University Distinguished Alumni award of 2014. She was listed as a Westpac's Top 100 Women of Influence in 2015. Between seeing patients and writing books and columns, Ranjana is a mother to three children, none of whom aspires to be an oncologist but they concede that the writing and media sounds cool.