Ravi Shankar MD | Hematologist | Oncologist | Whittier, CA | PIH Health
Ravi M. Shankar

Ravi M. Shankar MD


Hematology & Oncology
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4.5 / 5 (based on 485 Reviews) View 76 Comments
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Dr. Shankar chose Hematology and Oncology as a specialty because they are dynamic fields. "There are many unknowns in cancer," he explains, "and that forces me as a physician to always be learning and striving to improve. The complex process in the development of cancer and the tools we use to fight it is fascinating."

 Dr. Shankar and his wife love to travel, explore new restaurants, and spend time with their friends and family. They recently became a new family of five, welcoming home twin babies, who join their toddler, and so their love of international travel is on hold, understandably, for the near future. 

Office Information

Hospital/Group Affiliation

PIH Health Whittier Hospital

PIH Health Downey Hospital

PIH Health Physicians





Hematology & Oncology



Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (California)


Harbor-UCLA Medical Center (California)


Loyola University Medical Center (Illinois)

Medical Education

Drexel University College of Medicine

Board Certifications

Hematology (Sub-Spec Cert)

Internal Medicine (General Cert)

Medical Oncology (Sub-Spec Cert)

Patient Reviews

November 17, 2021
I did have a previous issue with a staff member. I brought this experience to the office manager. The manager explained and listened to me. My issues were handled with professionalism and understanding.
November 15, 2021
Dr. Shankar is a very professional excellent doctor. I have great confidence and Dr. Shankar, and I would have great confidence in Dr. Shankar treating any member of my family.
November 04, 2021
Dr. Shankar was very professional, but also very approachable. He addressed all my concerns. I'm very pleased that he will be in charge of my future oncology care.
November 03, 2021
I appreciated the way Dr. Shankar spoke to me and took the time to listen. He explained things in a way that was easy to understand. Thank you for being patient and kind.
November 01, 2021
The staff was caring and listened attentively
October 27, 2021
Both front desk personnel and attending physician demonstrated professionalism.
October 22, 2021
Hi, appreciate the fact that the doctor is whenever I go in he is on time, have to wait, 5 or 10 minutes. Ask you if there's enough time with me to ask all my questions. Always ask me if I need to know more and gives me an idea what, what I can expect in the future and I just really like him. He's at this point my favorite Doctor. Thank you.
October 20, 2021
It was perfect. Thank you.
October 18, 2021
October 18, 2021
Very happy with my visit
October 14, 2021
Everyone I interact with are professional and display a sincere interest in your health
October 12, 2021
Very good
September 30, 2021
Comparing it to the last experience this office staff was EXCEPTIONAL and the doctor very kind informative and patient explaining!!
September 23, 2021
Very knowledgeable, friendly and understanding.
September 15, 2021
Very professional and knowledgeable and good people skills.
September 14, 2021
Dr. Shankar did explain things in a way that relieved some of my anxiety about my situation.
September 13, 2021
I truly appreciated the way the doctor came in and spoke to me took notes on paper and wasn't hidden behind a computer, the whole time. He spent the time talking to me and writing notes down. I'm sure he went back and had to go in, enter them in the computer, but I felt like he was there for me and not just working on a computer and I truly truly truly appreciated that.
September 09, 2021
It would be great if Dr. Shankar kept his appointments in a timely manner. I understand that other people are probably late, making him late, but the whole time I've been with him, he's consistently late. So, I think it's important for him to try to make sure to always be on time or attempt to. That's all.
September 09, 2021
Yes, I would definitely recommend Dr. Shankar and all the PIH facility. They were kind, attentive, very cooperative. That's what I love PIH, definitely I give it a 10 anytime to anyone and I recommend it definitely. Thank you very much. Bye. Bye. Have a wonderful day. Thank you. Bye.
September 09, 2021
I was very happy with the visit and the attention that I got. Everybody was very professional.
August 31, 2021
Staff was very attentive and helpful.
August 31, 2021
Staff & doctor made you feel at ease to ask questions
August 25, 2021
I didn't feel comfortable with the doctor.
August 19, 2021
Hello, my appointment last week was the first time at that particular office, and I just want to say the entire staff was very professional, very welcoming. Everything went smoothly. The doctor was amazing. He seemed eager to hear and listen to what I had to say as well as recommend, make his professional recommendation. So I look forward to my continued appointments with the doctor as well as this office. Thank you.
August 19, 2021
The staff of this oncology office have been treating me for the past three years with kindness, responsiveness to my concerns, and medical expertise.
August 16, 2021
Friendly atmosphere
August 13, 2021
all personnel are very polite and helpful
August 05, 2021
Love Dr Shankar and his staff!!
July 27, 2021
It was nice to see and meet him in person. I felt more relief than the telemedicine video conferences I had previously with him. It was a more comfortable environment and he was able to answer my concerns, even with visuals. Thank you.
July 09, 2021
Getting the appointment was very difficult., I was not called back after calling several times, then spoke to the right person and was called back with an appointment. Once there it was great.
July 07, 2021
June 29, 2021
The provider was courteous, efficient, complete and easy to understand.
June 15, 2021
Everything was very good, thank you.
June 14, 2021
I very much enjoyed my first meeting with Dr. Shankar, and feel relieved and happy to have him on my PIH team.
June 14, 2021
Wait time was minimal. As new patient am pleased with initial contact.
June 10, 2021
Case presentation was brief- I felt provider could have provided more comprehensive explanation about my diagnosis and explained the treatment options with a bit more empathy.
May 25, 2021
I feel that he is not to inform about his pt before he come to see you in the room and I alway wait to long for him in the room
May 21, 2021
Provider and staff always responded to my concerns
May 20, 2021
I am totally thankful for my care.
May 19, 2021
Have no prior knowledge about physician and I would most likely not see him again not because I received subpar service but because I don't have cancer.
May 18, 2021
Professional and friendly. Very informative regards my condition
May 12, 2021
Dr Shankar is wonderful
May 11, 2021
Thanks to Dr. Ravi Shankar for his outstanding service
May 06, 2021
I waited over an hour to see the doctor. Other than that it was all good
May 04, 2021
Very professional and good timing for my scheduled appointment.
May 03, 2021
Staff were courteous and very professional.I was called in within 5 minutes.Dr Shankar was very thorough in his explanation of my ailment and course of treatment I was going to need.He made me feel relaxed and satisfied .
April 20, 2021
He was very concerned, very concerned with the problem that I have and the following through very well. So I have no problems at all.
April 19, 2021
Even though I was happy to hear that my blood work look good, I didn't asked what all that meant. It would have been nice to explain why blood is drawn and what does it means for someone who was diagnosed with cancer.
April 07, 2021
The doctor was very cordial and informative. Thank you.
April 07, 2021
Thank you so much. It's not possible to be better. Thank you again.
April 05, 2021
This doctor did not look upon me as an individual. He judged my health needs/conditions to be the same as the general population in my age group. I told him when his assumptions were wrong and was proven right when I asked him what my file said. This does not make me confident that he is truly interested in me.
April 01, 2021
When PIH severed oncology services with the Oncology Institute, it created problems for me in not having timely appointments with a doctor. As obtaining an appointment with a new specialist isn't readily available.
March 25, 2021
First visit to office & doctor. Very satisfied. Look forward to a strong relationship.
March 16, 2021
It's hard to get a appointment
March 16, 2021
Dr. Shankar was very professional and courteous! Also, he was personable which is very important to me!
March 16, 2021
Very good Doctor
March 12, 2021
Amazing staff, amazing service. And yes, I felt very content with the results. Thank you so much and continue to do a great job.
March 12, 2021
March 04, 2021
Office staff there was one girl. That was very short and rude I thought. The doctor himself didn't know me it was a first time visit. It was hard to express both ways I don't feelthe comfort with him that I felt with the other doctor. Hopefully you're just better.
March 02, 2021
I felt more comfortable here than the previous medical facility I was going to.
March 01, 2021
Very cordial & personal.
February 22, 2021
I appreciate his concern in me as a patient, and hope we can find a solution in the near future.
February 16, 2021
I was unable to establish a telemedicine link and had to do the visit by phone. He is really nice and capable. The only regret is that he didn't go over the lab results for 5 vials of blood. I guess I have to assume they were all within normal ranges.
February 16, 2021
This is our first time to see Dr. Shankar though we would like to see another Dr. Next time we had someone else in our mine just couldn't get in there this time. But we like Shankar so we are keeping him for our care.
February 16, 2021
First time meeting him. He put me at ease.
February 10, 2021
My provider is very good at explaining things and the seems been interested, and he seems very able to do my schedule my treatment the only thing I don't like as I'm not really a big fan of those phone calls over the phone the meeting I prefer in person meeting and thank you.
February 09, 2021
This meeting was instead of work on the computer on which I'm not familiar. This interview with Dr. Shankar could have been done over the telephone very easy, instead of my son bringing me down to his office. I'm sorry. It was nice to meet him, but it could have been done on the phone without having us come into the office. Thank you.
January 27, 2021
when calling office hold times are too long
January 20, 2021
Well a phone conversation is not quite the same as going in personally. But that's what it was, a phone phone interview. That's all.
January 20, 2021
His office made my follow up appointment without consulting me or telling me. I found it by chance on FollowMyHealth.
January 18, 2021
Excellent and very thorough
January 15, 2021
Thank you for understanding my health concerns and without hesitation ordering labs and everything to ensure my well being.
January 14, 2021
Very good, very good care, very respectful doctor, I like everything.
January 12, 2021
I get the best of care :)
January 05, 2021
I'm a newer patient and have only had a few appointments but I am very happy with the service. I will not go back to my old doctor ever again!!
January 04, 2021
Dr. Shankar and his team are very attentive and patient with me! I ask a lot of questions and never feel rushed or hurried. I absolutely appreciate the entire staff!
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