Bio

Clinical Focus


  • Cancer > Thoracic Oncology
  • Medical Oncology
  • Thoracic Oncology
  • Supportive Oncology

Academic Appointments


Administrative Appointments


  • Medical Director, Supportive Oncology (2011 - Present)

Professional Education


  • Board Certification: Medical Oncology, American Board of Internal Medicine (2010)
  • Medical Education:UCSF School of Medicine (06/2004) CA
  • Residency:UCSF-Internal Medicine (06/2007) CA
  • Fellowship:Northwestern University - Department of Medicine Feinberg School of Medicine (12/2009) IL
  • Board Certification: Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine (2007)
  • Board Certification, Oncology, Oncology (2009)

Research & Scholarship

Current Research and Scholarly Interests


Clinical research symptom and toxicity assessment and management in cancer care.

Health services research focusing on quality of cancer care.

Clinical trial research in thoracic oncology.

Clinical Trials


  • A ProspectiveTrial Using Video Images in Advance Care Planning in Hospitalized Seriously Ill Patients With Advanced Cancer Not Recruiting

    The purpose of this study is to compare the decision making of hospitalized subjects with advanced cancer having a verbal discussion about CPR compared to subjects using a video.

    Stanford is currently not accepting patients for this trial. For more information, please contact Ryan Oden, (650) 725 - 5417.

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  • Molecular Analysis of Thoracic Malignancies Recruiting

    Primary Objective: To collect detailed clinical information on patients with thoracic malignancies via the electronic medical record and a detailed patient questionnaire, collect blood samples, retrieve paraffin embedded tissue if not collected at Stanford, and perform exploratory molecular analysis of tumor tissues.

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  • Manuka Honey in Preventing Esophagitis-Related Pain in Patients Receiving Chemotherapy and Radiation Therapy For Lung Cancer Not Recruiting

    RATIONALE: Manuka honey may prevent or reduce esophagitis-related pain caused by chemotherapy and radiation therapy. It is not yet known whether Manuka honey is more effective than standard care in preventing pain. PURPOSE: This randomized phase II clinical trial is studying Manuka honey to see how well it works in preventing esophagitis-related pain in patients receiving chemotherapy and radiation therapy for lung cancer.

    Stanford is currently not accepting patients for this trial. For more information, please contact Laura Gable, (650) 736 - 0798.

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  • Radiation Therapy in Treating Patients With Extensive Stage Small Cell Lung Cancer Recruiting

    RATIONALE: Radiation therapy uses high energy x-rays to kill tumor cells. This may be an effective treatment for extensive stage small cell lung cancer. PURPOSE: This randomized phase II trial is comparing how well radiation therapy to the brain works when given with or without radiation therapy to other areas of the body in treating patients with extensive stage small cell lung cancer.

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  • Erlotinib in Patients With Resected, Early Stage NSCLC With Confirmed Mutations in the EGFR Not Recruiting

    In this research study erlotinib will be given to eligible participants whose lung cancer has been removed by surgery. Eligible patients have adenocarcinoma, a type of non-small lung cancer, and must have 1 or more of the following characteristics: be female, be of Asian or Pacific Rim descent and/or be a never smoker. The potential participant's tumor will be examined for Epidermal growth factor (EGFR) mutations. EGFR is a protein that is overexpressed in most non-small cell lung cancers. Some EGFR has been found to have specific mutations and the participant must have one of these mutations in his tumor. Erlotinib blocks this protein and may control tumor growth and increase survival. Previous research has shown that erlotinib is most effective for people who have these specific mutations in the EGFR.

    Stanford is currently not accepting patients for this trial. For more information, please contact Lei Shura, 650-723-2312.

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  • Clinical Study of BYM338 for the Treatment of Unintentional Weight Loss in Patients With Cancer of the Lung or the Pancreas Not Recruiting

    A safety & efficacy clinical study of the investigational medicinal product BYM338 for the treatment of unintentional weight loss in patients with cancer of the lung or the pancreas

    Stanford is currently not accepting patients for this trial. For more information, please contact Melanie San Pedro-Salcedo, (650) 724 - 1388.

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  • Erlotinib Plus Tivantinib (ARQ 197) Versus Single Agent Chemotherapy in Locally Advanced or Metastatic Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Not Recruiting

    The purpose of this study is to evaluate progression-free survival among subjects with KRAS mutation positive Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) treated with erlotinib plus tivantinib (ARQ 197) compared to single agent chemotherapy.

    Stanford is currently not accepting patients for this trial. For more information, please contact Lei Shura, 650-723-2312.

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  • A Study of Onartuzumab (MetMAb) Versus Placebo in Combination With Paclitaxel Plus Platinum in Patients With Squamous Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Not Recruiting

    This multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study will evaluate the efficacy and safety of onartuzumab (MetMAb) in combination with paclitaxel plus platinum in patients with incurable Stage IIIB or Stage IV squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Patients will be randomized to receive either onartuzumab (MetMAb) 15 mg/kg iv or placebo on Day 1 of each 21-day cycle in combination with 4 cycles of paclitaxel 200 mg/m2 iv and platinum (carboplatin/cisplatin) iv on Day 1 of each 21-day cycle. Patients who have not progressed after 4 cycles will continue with either onartuzumab (MetMAb) or placebo as maintenance therapy until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity occurs.

    Stanford is currently not accepting patients for this trial. For more information, please contact Melanie San Pedro-Salcedo, (650) 724 - 1388.

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  • Erlotinib With or Without Hydroxychloroquine in Chemo-Naive Advanced NSCLC and (EGFR) Mutations Not Recruiting

    The purpose of this research study is to learn if adding hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to erlotinib helps treat non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Another goal of this research study is to learn more about NSCLC and how it may respond to study treatment. Erlotinib (Tarceva) is a type of drug called a tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI). TKIs block a protein called the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR). EGFR may control tumor growth and tumor cell survival. However, although TKI drugs can work for some lung cancer patients for a period of time, eventually the tumor finds a way to resist or counteract the TKI treatment and it begins to grow again. Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) is a drug approved by the FDA for treating malaria, rheumatoid arthritis, and several other diseases. Laboratory research suggests that when HCQ is given with a TKI, it may help delay or prevent TKI resistance from developing.

    Stanford is currently not accepting patients for this trial. For more information, please contact Zeina Babetty, (650) 723 - 2983.

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  • Talactoferrin in Treating Patients With Relapsed or Refractory Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer or Squamous Cell Head and Neck Cancer Not Recruiting

    This phase I trial studies how well talactoferrin works in treating patients with relapsed or refractory non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) or squamous cell head and neck cancer. Biological therapies, such as talactoferrin, may stimulate the immune system in different ways and stop tumor cells from growing

    Stanford is currently not accepting patients for this trial. For more information, please contact Melanie San Pedro-Salcedo, (650) 724 - 1388.

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Publications

Journal Articles


  • A predictive model to identify hospitalized cancer patients at risk for 30-day mortality based on admission criteria via the electronic medical record. Cancer Ramchandran, K. J., Shega, J. W., von Roenn, J., Schumacher, M., Szmuilowicz, E., Rademaker, A., Weitner, B. B., Loftus, P. D., Chu, I. M., Weitzman, S. 2013; 119 (11): 2074-2080

    Abstract

    This study sought to develop a predictive model for 30-day mortality in hospitalized cancer patients, by using admission information available through the electronic medical record.Observational cohort study of 3062 patients admitted to the oncology service from August 1, 2008, to July 31, 2009. Matched numbers of patients were in the derivation and validation cohorts (1531 patients). Data were obtained on day 1 of admission and included demographic information, vital signs, and laboratory data. Survival data were obtained from the Social Security Death Index.The 30-day mortality rate of the derivation and validation samples were 9.5% and 9.7% respectively. Significant predictive variables in the multivariate analysis included age (P < .0001), assistance with activities of daily living (ADLs; P = .022), admission type (elective/emergency) (P = .059), oxygen use (P < .0001), and vital signs abnormalities including pulse oximetry (P = .0004), temperature (P = .017), and heart rate (P = .0002). A logistic regression model was developed to predict death within 30 days: Score = 18.2897 + 0.6013*(admit type) + 0.4518*(ADL) + 0.0325*(admit age) - 0.1458*(temperature) + 0.019*(heart rate) - 0.0983*(pulse oximetry) - 0.0123 (systolic blood pressure) + 0.8615*(O2 use). The largest sum of sensitivity (63%) and specificity (78%) was at -2.09 (area under the curve = -0.789). A total of 25.32% (100 of 395) of patients with a score above -2.09 died, whereas 4.31% (49 of 1136) of patients below -2.09 died. Sensitivity and positive predictive value in the derivation and validation samples compared favorably.Clinical factors available via the electronic medical record within 24 hours of hospital admission can be used to identify cancer patients at risk for 30-day mortality. These patients would benefit from discussion of preferences for care at the end of life. Cancer 2013;119:2074-2080. 2013 American Cancer Society.

    View details for DOI 10.1002/cncr.27974

    View details for PubMedID 23504709

  • Palliative Care Always ONCOLOGY-NEW YORK Ramchandran, K., Von Roenn, J. H. 2013; 27 (1): 13-?

    Abstract

    Palliative cancer care is the integration into oncologic care of therapies that address the issues that cause physical and psychosocial suffering for the patient and family. Effective provision of palliative cancer care requires an interdisciplinary team that can provide care in all settings (home, inpatient, and outpatient). There is clear evidence for improved outcomes in multiple domains-symptoms, quality of end-of-life care, provider satisfaction, cost of care-with the integration of palliative care into cancer care. As a result, there are now guideline-based recommendations for incorporating palliative care into cancer care. Unfortunately there continue to be barriers to effective integration; these include gaps in education and research, and a cultural stigma that equates palliative care with end-of-life care. These barriers will need to be addressed in order to achieve seamless palliative care integration across the continuum of cancer care for all patients and their families.

    View details for Web of Science ID 000314141000002

    View details for PubMedID 23461040

  • Emerging Concepts in the Pathology and Molecular Biology of Advanced Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer AMERICAN JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PATHOLOGY Kulesza, P., Ramchandran, K., Patel, J. D. 2011; 136 (2): 228-238

    Abstract

    Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is traditionally classified histologically, but until recently, the histologic subtype has had little impact on the selection of therapy. Drugs such as pemetrexed and bevacizumab are indicated for specific NSCLC subtypes, and this type of stratification represents the first step toward individualizing therapy in NSCLC. Beyond histologic features, the status of molecular targets, such as the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene, has been shown to correlate with response to treatment with EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitors in patients with relapsed or refractory disease and in the first-line therapy setting. New therapies targeting the EGFR and other molecular aberrations are under way to help define specific subsets of patients responsive to certain molecularly targeted treatments. The role of pathologists in guiding treatment decisions will increase because molecular profiling, together with pathologic and histologic analysis, represents the future of personalizing medicine for patients with NSCLC.

    View details for DOI 10.1309/AJCPO66OIRULFNLZ

    View details for Web of Science ID 000292905000006

    View details for PubMedID 21757595

  • Phantom Limb Pain #212 JOURNAL OF PALLIATIVE MEDICINE Ramchandran, K., Hauser, J. 2010; 13 (10): 1285-1286

    View details for DOI 10.1089/jpm.2010.9775

    View details for Web of Science ID 000282953900020

    View details for PubMedID 20942763

  • Sex Differences in Susceptibility to Carcinogens SEMINARS IN ONCOLOGY Ramchandran, K., Patel, J. D. 2009; 36 (6): 516-523

    Abstract

    Lung cancer has reached epidemic proportions in women, and is now the most common cause of cancer death among both men and women in the United States. While smoking rates have declined marginally in women, the rising impact of lung cancer in women may imply that women are at higher risk from carcinogens secondary to underlying factors related to sex. These factors include differences in female physiology such as bronchial responsiveness and airway size, sex-based differences in nicotine metabolism via the cytochrome p450 system driven by hormones, and differences in DNA repair capacity, as well as the evolution of cigarettes. These hypotheses will be explored in depth in this article.

    View details for DOI 10.1053/j.seminoncol.2009.09.005

    View details for Web of Science ID 000278079100006

    View details for PubMedID 19995643

  • My Friend, My Patient JOURNAL OF PALLIATIVE MEDICINE Ramchandran, K. 2009; 12 (1): 95-96

    View details for DOI 10.1089/jpm.2009.9688

    View details for Web of Science ID 000262827900026

    View details for PubMedID 19284274

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