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Stephen Grobmyer, MD


Stephen Grobmyer, MD
Department: Breast Services
Director, Breast Services
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code A81
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Stephen Grobmyer, MD
Department: General Surgery
Director, Surgical Oncology
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code A81
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Stephen R. Grobmyer completed his fellowship in surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in 2004. Formerly, the Edward M. Copeland III Chair in Surgical Oncology at University of Florida; in 2012 he became Section Head of Surgical Oncology and Director of the Breast Center at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. He currently is Professor of Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. He is co-leader (with Dr. Jame Abraham-Director of Breast Medical Oncology) of the Cleveland Clinic Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program.

Dr. Grobmyer is an expert in the surgical management of breast cancer. He has extensive experience with skin sparing and nipple sparing mastectomy for selected breast cancer patients and patients at high risk for breast cancer. He also has extensive experience with sentinel node biopsy as well as axillary surgery for breast cancer management and staging. He is regarded as an international leader in the use of single dose intra-operative radiation therapy for early stage breast cancer patients.

Dr. Grobmyer has been elected to Best Doctors in America every year consecutively since 2007 and was recognized among “Best Doctors” in Cleveland in 2013 and 2104. Nationally, he serves on the American Society of Clinical Oncology Breast Cancer Education Committee, and he recently completed his term as scientific program committee chair for the Society of Surgical Oncology. He serves on the breast cancer advisory committee for the American Board of Surgery and serves on the editorial board of The European Journal of Surgical Oncology, The Annals of Surgical Oncology, and The Breast Journal. He is an active member of the Southern Surgical Association, Society of Surgical Oncology, American College of Surgeons, American Society of Clinical Oncology, and American Society of Breast Surgeons.

Dr. Grobmyer’s innovative research focuses on developing new approaches to prevent, diagnose and treat breast cancer. He has published over 120 peer reviewed manuscripts, 10 book chapters and edited a textbook on innovative cancer therapies. He has been the recipient of the Lester Dragstedt Physician Scientist Award and the Society of Surgical Oncology Clinical Investigator Award. His influential research has been featured nationally on NBC Nightly News, National Public Radio, The New York Times and Vogue.

Professional Highlights

  • 2004-2010:  Assistant Professor of Surgery (Surgical Oncology)-University of Florida
  • 2010-2012:  Associate Professor of Surgery (Surgical Oncology) and Edward M. Copeland III Chair in Breast Cancer
  • 2012-2014: Director, Breast Center and Co-Leader Cleveland Clinic Comprehensive Breast Cancer Program; Section Head, Surgical Oncology
  • 2014-present: Professor of Surgery (Surgical Oncology)-Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University
  • Cleveland Magazine Best Doctors 2013. Dr. Grobmyer discusses intraoperative radiation therapy

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Surgical Oncology
New York, NY
Residency - Weill Cornell Medical College New York Presbyterian Hospital
General Surgery
New York, NY USA
Research Fellowship - Weill Cornell Medical College New York Presbyterian Hospital
NIH Research
New York, NY USA
Medical School - University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Dallas, TX USA
Undergraduate - Rice University
Houston, TX USA


  • Surgery

Specialty Interests

Surgical oncology, breast cancer

Awards & Honors

  • Lester Dragstedt Physician Scientist Award, 2010
  • ASCO Leadership Development Program, 2010-2011
  • American College of Surgeons Japan Traveling Fellow, 2012
  • Society of Surgical Oncology, Clinical Investigator Award, 2014


  • Southern Surgical Association
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Society of Surgical Oncology
  • American Society of Breast Surgeons

Treatment & Services

  • Breast Biopsy
  • Breast Cancer Surgery Program
  • Breast Conservation Surgery
  • Breast Surgical Oncology
  • Intraoperative Radiation Therapy
  • Nipple & Skin Sparing Mastectomy
  • Oncoplastic Surgery For Breast Cancer
  • Sentinel Lymph Node Procedures
  • Surgery For Breast Cancer
  • Surgical Oncology

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

  • Benign Breast Disease
  • Breast Abscess
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Disease
  • Breast Infections
  • Breast Lump
  • Breast Pain
  • Ductal Carcinoma In Situ
  • Gynecomastia
  • Intraductal Papilloma
  • Male Breast Cancer
  • Nipple Discharge
  • Recurrent Breast Cancer

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As of 12/10/2015, Dr. Grobmyer has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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