ABOUT OUR PRACTICE
Ramiah Oncology is a Radiation Oncology practice within DGMC Oncology located at Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre. DGMC oncology consists of a several practices specialising in various aspects of cancer therapy, including Nosworthy Oncology (adult chemotherapy and immunotherapy), Ramiah Oncology (radiotherapy) and several paediatric oncology practices who specialise in children’s chemotherapy. These practices work collaboratively, together with surgical oncologists to formulate treatment plans in a multi-disciplinary style, ensuring the best treatments and outcomes.
Dr Duvern Ramiah
MBBCh (Wits) FCRadOnc(SA) MBA with distinction (LBS)
“The journey through cancer treatment can sometimes be difficult, and I hope that our practice makes this experience a little more bearable. Although I had a good idea of general medical practice from a young age, with my dad being a GP for over 50 years, I was still unsure of the specialty I would pursue when I graduated from Wits Medical School in 2002. It was when I was an intern that I found out what great strides were being made in the treatment of cancers and wanted to be on the forefront to “curing cancer”.
I started as a registrar in the Clinical and Radiation Oncology department at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital in 2005 immediately after my community service year and graduated with a Fellowship in Radiation Oncology (FCRadOnc(SA)) from the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa in 2008. I have subsequently spent three years as a consultant in the Clinical and Radiation Oncology department Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital. In that time, I participated in the treatment and clinical trials of many cancer types. In mid-2011, I went into private practice, and joined the DMO group, working from the Sandton Oncology and West Rand Oncology practice. I became a partner in the practice in 2013 but felt that the way in which medicine and especially oncology was being managed needed improvement.
I wanted to expand the access of potentially lifesaving cancer therapies. The prevailing attitude amongst funders (medical aids) and oncology management companies is to only pay for the cheapest treatments to try to lower their costs. This resulted in many oncology service providers only having these services available, and not investing on the latest novel radiotherapy technologies, which could potentially have better treatment outcomes for their patients. I hence left the DMO practice in December 2016 to learn more about management practices to create value for all stakeholders. While still completing an MBA at London Business School, I decided to join an oncology unit which was more focused on getting the best outcomes for their patients, and serendipitously returned to Wits Donald Gordon Medical Centre. The DGMC Oncology practice is a wonderful model of a “family” practice, where everyone that walks through the door is family, and this was a great place to be to deliver personalised cancer care, and they were luckily in need of a specialist radiation oncologist at the time. I then started Ramiah Oncology as a specialist Radiation Oncology practice within DGMC Oncology.
After taking you on a tour through my journey, I will end by saying what I started with. The journey can be difficult, with ups and downs, blessings and setbacks, gifts and challenges. I hope that our practice can make it a little more tolerable. Please feel welcome to make an appointment for a consult with us to discuss your cancer treatment options. Our practice is much more than treating cancer. It is about treating you.
At your first consult, we will go through your scan and pathology results and discuss possible treatment options. We work in a multidisciplinary team, and we discuss treatments with our team of expert team of surgeons and medical oncologists (chemotherapy specialists), and of course you! Once we have decided on the best path forward, we can start down the road to better health.”