Elizabeth S. Rodriguez

Director of Nursing, David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Elizabeth S. Rodriguez

Director of Nursing, David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Pictured: Elizabeth Rodriguez

I joined Memorial Sloan Kettering as an oncology nurse in 2001 and became a Nurse Leader in 2005. During my years at MSK, I have had the opportunity to help care for thousands of people with cancer, and I continue to help shape and improve our patient care services.

As Director of Nursing for the David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, I work directly with medical and administrative staff to plan and oversee the delivery of nursing services to ensure that we provide an outstanding patient experience and excellent clinical outcomes.

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I have collaborated with colleagues from across the institution to increase our patients’ access to care by transitioning treatments to the outpatient setting, including in the home. I have also led and supported multiple projects that expanded both the scope of nursing practice and the role of nurse practitioners at MSK. My interest in technology, personal health records, and electronic communication between healthcare providers and people with cancer led me to help develop MyMSK.org and several telemedicine initiatives.

I currently oversee more than 500 staff members and enjoy the opportunity to mentor many of these individuals.

I am an active member in the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) and served as President-Elect, President, Past-President, and Director-at-Large of the New York City Chapter from 2007 to 2010.


Clinical Expertise

Blood and Marrow Transplant
Hematologic Malignancies

Languages Spoken



Oncology Certified Nurse (OCN®); Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP)


Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP), Duke University
Masters of Art (MA), Nursing Administration, New York University
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Villanova University
Registered Nurse (RN)


Nawas MT, Landau HJ, Sauter CS, Featherstone CA, Kenny SA, Rodriguez ES, Johnson LG, Giralt SA, Scordo M. Pilot Study of Telehealth Evaluations in Patients Undergoing Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2020 Feb 15. pii: S1083-8791(20)30088-4. doi: 10.1016/j.bbmt.2020.02.004.

Taylor L, Rodriguez ES, Reese A, Anderson K. Building a Program: Implications for Infrastructure, Nursing Education, and Training for CAR T-Cell Therapy. Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2019 Apr 1;23(2):20-26. doi: 10.1188/19.CJON.S1.20-26.

Rodriguez ES. Using Patient Portals to Increase Engagement in Patients with Cancer. Semin Oncol Nurs. 2018 May;34(2):177-183. doi: 10.1016/j.soncn.2018.03.009. Epub 2018 Apr 3.

Baldwin A, Rodriguez ES. Improving Patient Safety With Error Identification in Chemotherapy Orders by Verification Nurses. Clin J Oncol Nurs. 2016 Feb;20(1):59-65. doi: 10.1188/16.CJON.59-65.

Rodriguez, ES. Considerations for the Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2016 Jan;43(1):26-9. doi: 10.1188/16.ONF.26-29.

Feldman H, Rodriguez ES. The future of oncology care with personal health records. Am Soc Clin Oncol Educ Book. 2012:e66-9. doi: 10.14694/EdBook_AM.2012.32.e66.

Rodriguez ES, Thom B, Schneider SM. Nurse and physician perspectives on patients with cancer having online access to their laboratory results. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2011 Jul;38(4):476-82. doi: 10.1188/11.ONF.476-482.

Rodriguez ES. Using a patient portal for electronic communication with patients with cancer: implications for nurses. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2010 Nov;37(6):667-71. doi: 10.1188/10.ONF.667-671.

Dunne M, Rodriguez ES. Mucositis management. Oncology (Williston Park). 2008 Feb;22(2 Suppl Nurse Ed):20-3.