Memorial Sloan Kettering medical oncologist Robert Motzer

Robert J. Motzer, MD

Medical Oncologist


Jack and Dorothy Byrne Chair in Clinical Oncology

Clinical Expertise

Kidney Cancer (Renal Cell Cancer); Immunotherapy

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About Me


MD, University of Michigan Medical School


Internal Medicine - North Shore University Hospital/Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


Medical Oncology/Hematology - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center/Weill Cornell Medical College

Board Certifications

Internal Medicine; Medical Oncology

I am a medical oncologist who is dedicated to improving the lives of people with genitourinary cancer. My primary area of expertise is kidney cancer (renal cell carcinoma). For more than 25 years, I have provided high-quality and compassionate care for people with cancer at MSK.

In addition, I have led more than 75 clinical trials in people with kidney cancer and testicular cancer. These have included national and international multicenter clinical trials. My research has helped identify nine ground-breaking targeted drugs that are effective treatments for people with advanced kidney cancer.

On both a national and international level, I work to improve the quality and delivery of cancer care for people diagnosed with kidney cancer. I developed a risk-based system to help predict treatment outcomes for people taking medications for advanced kidney cancer. This system is used by doctors around the world to guide patient care. I also chair the Kidney Cancer Guidelines Panel in the National Comprehensive Care Network.

I have published more than 500 scientific articles, reviews, chapters, and abstracts. I have given lectures throughout the world, from Japan and China, to Russia and Turkey, to Germany, Spain, and Brazil. I am a recipient of a Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health, the Willet F. Whitmore Award for Clinical Excellence from Memorial Sloan Kettering, and the Schonfeld Award from the Kidney Cancer Association, a charitable organization dedicated to kidney cancer patient advocacy.

For more than 25 years, I have provided high-quality and compassionate care for people with cancer at MSK.

Dr. Motzer


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Research and Publications

Publications on PubMed

Visit PubMed for a full listing of Dr. Motzer’s journal articles. Pubmed is an online index of research papers and other articles from the US National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.