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Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Sramila Aithal, MD

Medical Oncologist & Hematologist

CTCA Philadelphia

"I believe in treating individual patients with great insight into their care and a full understanding using the available evidence-informed data. I feel this approach offers the best hope for patients to manage their cancer with a good quality of life and minimal toxicity."

- Sramila Aithal, MD

Patient Rating

4.8 / 5
191 Ratings

About Our Ratings

Medical degree

  • Ambedkar Medical College, Bangalore, India

Internship / Residency

  • Internal Medicine - Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY

Certification(s)

  • Medical Oncology & Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine

Fellowship(s)

  • Hematology/Oncology - Maimonides Medical Center

Practicing since: 2008

A board-certified Medical Oncologist and Hematologist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Philadelphia, Dr. Sramila Aithal provides patient-centered cancer care as part of a multidisciplinary team.

Dr. Aithal is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. She earned a medical degree from Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Medical College (Bangalore University) in Bangalore, India. Following medical school, she completed two years of post-graduate training in obstetrics and gynecology as a Diplomat of the National Board.

Dr. Aithal completed a residency in internal medicine at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York. In her fourth year, Dr. Aithal served as a Chief Resident, overseeing one of the largest internal medicine residency program.  After her residency, Dr. Aithal completed a fellowship in hematology/oncology at Maimonides Medical Center. In her third year, she earned the distinction of Chief Fellow.

Dr. Aithal has extensive clinical experience in the management of solid organ tumors and hematological malignancies.

Since joining the Department of Medical Oncology at our Philadelphia hospital in July 2008, Dr. Aithal says she appreciates the approach to patient care at CTCA®—to treat the whole person, not just the disease, as well as the  patient-centered care philosophy.

Her role includes carrying out her passion, which is treating patients with all stages of breast cancer, early stage and advanced. She also has expertise in treating other cancer types.

“I believe in treating individual patients with insight into their care and a healthy understanding using available evidence-based data,” says Dr. Aithal. “I feel this approach offers hope for patients to manage their cancer with a good quality of life and lower levels of toxicity,” she adds.

Most importantly, Dr. Aithal says she advocates personalized and innovative cancer care since “cancers of the same origin behave in different ways, clinically, biologically, socially, molecularly, and genetically. Precision medicine and targeted therapies are expanding treatment options for cancer and offering patients treatments that are based on their unique molecular characteristics. It is exciting to be practicing cutting-edge oncology in this era,” she says.

In addition to her work at CTCA, Dr. Aithal says her family is very important to her. She is married and has a daughter. She is also greatly interested in women’s health issues, community services, music and spirituality, and conducts medical camps for the needy. “I have received and learned more from my patients than I could have possibly given. I look to make a difference in anything I do,” says Dr. Aithal.

Dr. Aithal is a member of several professional organizations, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Hematology, the American Medical Association and the American College of Physicians.

Patient ratings and comments

The patient ratings and comments on this page are obtained from an external Press Ganey® outpatient survey provided to all eligible CTCA patients within one to two weeks of their treatment occurrence. Raw data from the answers to the survey questions about our physicians are calculated by Press Ganey into a one- to five-star rating. In the spirit of transparency, all patient comments are posted as written by the patient, whether they are positive or negative. We only exclude comments if they are deemed to be slanderous or libelous, contain profanity or vulgar language, or do not relate to the patient’s experience with the doctor involved. As a result, the comments are the views and opinions of the patients surveyed and are not endorsed by, and may not necessarily reflect the opinion of, CTCA.

Patient rating

5 / 5
11/14/2018
My medical oncologist is wonderful.

Patient rating

5 / 5
11/8/2018
Dr. Aitel is a very educated compassionate doctor. Once again we are very thankful to have a professional that shared our personal faith. I look forward to having more of a relationship with her. When questioned she shared about her medical volunteer service that she does in India. That was very inspiring and I am thankful for doctors like that.

Patient rating

5 / 5
11/5/2018
Dr. Aiteal is awesome(excuse spelling) she is an expert in her field

Patient rating

5 / 5
10/31/2018
She is very thorough.

Patient rating

5 / 5
10/28/2018
she was excellent

Patient rating

5 / 5
10/24/2018
She amazing, caring, very thorough.

Patient rating

5 / 5
10/17/2018
loved her and have recommended her to others!

Patient rating

5 / 5
10/17/2018
dr aithal is the best

Patient rating

5 / 5
10/14/2018
love Dr Aithal

Patient rating

5 / 5
10/10/2018
I just sent a friend to you for a 2nd opinion this week. I believe in your hospital and would recommend it to anyone.

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About our star ratings

The patient star ratings are an average of all responses to physician-related questions on our nationally recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey.

Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) measures patient satisfaction as part of our effort toward continuous improvement in all aspects of the patient experience. We partner with Press Ganey®, a third-party-validated organization with over 30 years of experience supporting over 26,000 health care organizations, to survey our patients about their recent experiences at CTCA®.

Why is this information important?

CTCA is committed to transparency. Not only do the surveys allow us to continuously improve our services, but we hope these ratings will help you feel confident in your decision to seek care at CTCA.

How are the star scores calculated?

All eligible CTCA patients receive a survey from Press Ganey within one to two weeks after their treatment occurrence. In addition to being asked about their overall experience at CTCA, patients are asked to score the level of confidence they have in their provider, as well as the likelihood they will recommend the physician to others. Raw data from the answers to the survey questions about our physicians are calculated by Press Ganey into a one- to five-star rating, with one star being the lowest possible rating and five stars being the highest.

Are all comments included?

In the spirit of transparency, all patient comments are posted as written by the patient, whether they are positive or negative. Patients’ names and other identifying information are removed from the comments for confidentiality and patient privacy. We only exclude comments if they are deemed to be slanderous or libelous, contain profanity or vulgar language, do not relate to the patient’s experience with the doctor involved, or are statements that cannot be verified as factual. As a result, the comments are the views and opinions of the patients surveyed and are not endorsed by, and may not necessarily reflect the opinion of, CTCA. All ratings are included even if a comment is excluded.

Why don’t all physicians have ratings and comments?

Following industry best practice, star ratings and comments are only published for physicians with a minimum of 30 completed patient surveys. This helps us ensure that the sample size is large enough to give you an accurate representation of the physician's care.

Star ratings and comments are not available for all physicians or specialties. The validated Press Ganey survey captures patient experience feedback with the primary oncology services of chemotherapy and radiation therapy, which include only medical, radiation and in-office gynecologic oncology services. Gynecologic surgeries are not evaluated at this time because a different survey tool would be required.

Can anyone provide ratings and responses for a physician?

No. Only patients who are under the care of the physician can provide a response through the Press Ganey survey. Eligible patients receive the survey either by mail or email after their treatment occurrence. Survey responses are completely voluntary.

How do you protect patient information for those who have responded to the survey?

Patient privacy is of the utmost importance to us. If a review comment includes any information that could identify a patient (e.g., name, etc.), it is removed from the comment prior to publishing on the physician’s bio page. All patient information that has been removed from a comment is designated with an ellipsis, or “[…]”.

How often are the scores updated?

Press Ganey surveys are sent out all year long. All patient ratings and reviews are regularly updated and published within a month of receiving the responses. Ratings and reviews remain on a physician’s bio page for one year after being published. After that time period, the ratings and reviews older than a year are removed to ensure the most current information is available.

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