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Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Ashwin Sheelvanth, MD

Hematologist-Oncologist & Medical Oncologist

CTCA Chicago

"I try to give patients options and come up with a plan with them. It's about what feels comfortable to them. I also try to be conscious of their need to travel to and from the hospital, and their time and expenses. I encourage them to consider all of these factors when they decide."

- Ashwin Sheelvanth, MD

Patient Rating

4.8 / 5
139 Ratings

About Our Ratings

Medical degree

  • J.J.M. Medical College, Davangere, India

Internship / Residency

  • New York Medical College, Valhalla, NY

Certification(s)

  • Medical Oncology & Hematology - American Board of Internal Medicine

Fellowship(s)

  • Hematology & Medical Oncology - New York Medical College

Practicing since: 2004

Ashwin Sheelvanth, MD, says the integrated model of care at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) drew him to the network of cancer hospitals’ location in Illinois: CTCA® Chicago.

“The integrated team approach makes CTCA different from other hospitals and cancer treatment facilities,” he says. “Here, I can work with other clinicians to provide conventional medicine, nutrition, naturopathic medicine, and other therapies—all as integral parts of their treatment.”

Many of Dr. Sheelvanth’s patients are fighting gastrointestinal cancers, such as advanced stage esophageal, colon or rectal cancer. Dr. Sheelvanth is determined to find the right treatment for each of his patients, helping them to aggressively fight the disease and improve their quality of life.

Board certified in hematology and medical oncology, Dr. Sheelvanth earned a medical degree from J.J.M. Medical College in Davangere, India. He completed a residency and fellowship at New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York.

Prior to serving CTCA patients, Dr. Sheelvanth practiced medical oncology and hematology at Tri-Valley Oncology Hematology Associates in Westlake Village, California. He also garnered experience at two other oncology facilities in the Midwest.

Dr. Sheelvanth has conducted research in association with Sarah Cannon Research Institute and the Translational Oncology Research International (TORI) Network with UCLA. He has been published in the journals Medical Oncology and the British Journal of Haematology. He is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Hematology.

Family is very important to Dr. Sheelvanth. He and his wife (who is currently in medical school) have two young boys. The good-humored doctor is also an avid tennis player and fan.

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
11/18/2018
Excellent!

Patient rating

5 / 5
11/7/2018
The greatest

Patient rating

1.9 / 5
10/10/2018
[...] Dr Sheelvanth seems knowledgeable and has a great personality but has never examined patient at all! Not even a touch!

Patient rating

5 / 5
9/7/2018
Dr.Sheelvanth is very direct in his answers to my guestions and explains everything openly. He is able to accomplish this in an easy manner in which I can feel engaged.

Patient rating

5 / 5
9/6/2018
The Dr. was honest and seemed caring

Patient rating

5 / 5
8/30/2018
Dr. Shellvanth is the main reason that we come to Zion. His is absolutely amazing. He is so knowledgeable, caring, and patient. He makes us feel like family. He takes time to explain everything fully and is always sure that we understand. He is the BEST!!!!

Patient rating

5 / 5
8/29/2018
Dr Sheelvanth (sp?) is THEE BEST Dr there is!! He's got heart!!

Patient rating

5 / 5
8/28/2018
Dr. Sheelvanth and his staff are amazing. They are always great with me.

Patient rating

5 / 5
8/24/2018
Best guy every.

Patient rating

5 / 5
8/8/2018
Very caring doctor. Thorough explanation of scan results and future options.

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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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