Robert Kratzke, MD

Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Transplant, Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN, USA

Robert Kratzke is a medical oncologist and tenured Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Transplantation and holds the John C. Skoglund Chair in Lung Cancer. Dr. Kratzke graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine and completed his postgraduate training at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research. He also worked for 10 years as a staff physician at the Minneapolis Veterans Administration (VA) Medical Center in the Section of Hematology and Oncology. He is board certified in both Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. Dr. Kratzke has been a member of the University of Minnesota Medical School’s faculty for 24 years. During this time, he has conducted extensive research on molecular abnormalities in lung cancer and, in particular, mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer of the lung lining that is more common in taconite workers of Minnesota. He has also worked with a team of talented researchers and nurse practitioners to treat lung cancer patients with the latest diagnostic and surgical techniques. He served as the first Chair of the Steering Committee of the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium. He is a member of the Editorial Boards of the journals Translational Research and the Journal of Thoracic Disease.