Dr. Ritwik Pandey

MD, DM, FRACP – Medical Oncologist

Dr Pandey’s move to Cairns was driven by his belief that regional areas are deserving of the same level of medical expertise found in larger metropolitan locations. He finds working in smaller, regional centres very rewarding as his patients are able to access expert clinical care without the need to travel. Dr Pandey quickly recognised the region’s significant need to have a private oncology service to provide patients with expert care and support without the need to travel to southern treatment centres. By establishing Response Oncology, Dr Pandey and his partners are able to provide closer supervision to patients and more effectively monitor their treatment progress. They are also on hand to provide face-to-face consultations in response to emergent issues and concerns.

It is this dedication to regional patients that drove Dr Pandey to become involved in the Far North Queensland Tele-Oncology Project. Initially funded for three years, this project provides low risk cancer patients in Cooktown, Weipa and in the Torres Straits with the opportunity to receive ongoing oncology treatments in their own communities without the need to complete the arduous and costly travel required to get to Cairns. This project has changed many patient’s lives as they are able to conduct their lives with more normality and not have to schedule their entire lives around accessing cancer treatments. Dr Pandey is particularly proud of this project.


Medical Oncologist
Response Oncology, Wallamurra Towers, Cairns
May 2016 to Present

Senior Lecturer
James Cook University
March 2013 to Present

Staff Specialist (Medical Oncology)
Liz Plummer Cancer Centre, Cairns Hospital, Cairns
July 2012 to May 2016


Staff Specialist (Medical Oncology)
Launceston General Hospital, Launceston, Tasmania
December 2010 to July 2012

Staff Specialist (Medical Oncology)
WP Holman Clinic, Launceston General Hospital, Launceston, Tasmania
January 2008 to June 2010

Consultant Medical Oncologist
Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Cancer Research Institute, Kolkata, India
January 2007 to December 2007

Senior Registrar in Medical Oncology
Bangalore Institute of Oncology, Sampangi Ram Nagar Bangalore, India
November 2003 to November 2006

Senior Registrar in Critical Care Medicine
Sir H N Hospital and Research Centre, Mumbai
January 2003 to April 2003

Education and training

Fellow of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP)
Launceston General Hospital, Tasmania

Medical Oncology Certificate

Overseas Trained Physician Assessment Certificate

DM (Doctor of Medicine – Medical Oncology)
Gujarat Cancer and Research Institute (GCRI), B.J. Medical College, Gujarat Univ., Ahmedabad, INDIA

Doctor of Medicine (MD) (General Medicine)
Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru Memorial Medical College, Raipur, India

Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS)
NSCB Medical College, Jabalpur, India


Medical Board of Australia
Specialist Registration (Medical Oncologist)
Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA)
Medical Council of India
European Myeloma Network
European School of Oncology
Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Oncology and Internal Society of Oral Oncology



AVON Foundation Award to participate in the AACR Translational Medicine 2010 conference at San Francisco in July 2010

ASCO International Development and Education Award, 2009

Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer travel grant to attend and present a paper at the Association’s symposium in Houston, Texas, USA in June 2008

National Cancer Institute (Bethesda, Maryland, USA) travel grant to attend and present a paper at Targeted Anticancer Therapysymposium at Bethesda, Maryland, USA in March 2008


e-Health Award for Excellence (Queensland) 2015 and 2016

Gold Medallist

Gujarat University, Ahmedabad, India


Visiting ESMO Fellow in Tumour Immunology and Immunotherapy
Karolinska Cancer Centre, Karolinska University Hospital, Solna, Stockholm, Sweden
Visiting ASCO IDEA Fellow and Observer under the mentorship of Prof John Sweetenham
Taussig Cancer Centre, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America
May 2009
Accredited supervisor for advanced trainees in Medical Oncology for the RACP Medical Oncology advanced training program
Royal Australasian College of Physicians
Accredited teacher for Medical Oncology and Internal Medicine
University of Tasmania, Launceston Campus, Australia
Lead Oncologist
Far North QLD Telehealth Project (awarded by the Queensland Government under Health Innovation Fund)

Senior Lecturer
James Cook University Medical School, Cairns
Accredited teacher (Medical Oncology)

Diplomate of National Board (National Board of Examinations, New Delhi)