On Cancer: Meet Thoracic Surgeon Robert Downey

By Memorial Sloan Kettering  |  Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Thoracic surgeon Robert Downey talks about the quality of the multidisciplinary care at Memorial Sloan Kettering and the experience of following patients for years after helping to cure them.


What a wonderful Dr, and more than that, a wonderful person. My wife Jane is still here in great part, as a result of his abilities. Thanks again Doc !

Dr.Downey not only saved my life but also gave me my life back.Dr Downey is not only a friend to many of his patients,but also our hero.Dr.Downey has a true gift for making you feel like your his only concern.Sloan is very blessed to have him on staff.

I am so lucky to be treated by Dr. Downey. He is such a great doctor!

Anybody who goes to Sloan Kettering to treat their mesothelioma has made a wise choice. I am an attorney who helps people with mesothelioma and have such great respect for this institution

Hello. My name is Sergey Martsenyuk. I am a future doctor from Ukraine. I very much want to continue to learn and work for you ... but do not have large financial opportunities. If you can tell me how to act.
Ukrainian Cure finished university. Now I am on a residency in Kiev. I would be grateful for your reply.

Sergey, you may be interested in learning about in our International Observership Program. For more information about the program, you can go to or send an email to

Thank you for your comment.

I met Dr. Downey after I was diagnosed with non small cell lung cancer. After two rounds of chemo therapy and radiation treatments, my tumor shrunk enough where Dr. Downey felt comfortable to perform a left phneumonectomy in 1997.

Eighteen years and two grandchildren later I am still around, thanks to Dr. Downey, Dr. Orsini and Dr. Devereau and their staff.
Funny, I recall Dr. downey looking alot younger.

You can't find a better surgeon, in my opinion.

Dear Edward, thank you for taking the time to write those kind words. We're glad to know you're doing well!

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