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Robert Pelley, MD


Robert Pelley, MD
Department: Hematology and Oncology
Location: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Mail Code R35
9500 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44195
Type of Doctor:
Adults Only

Biographical Sketch

Robert J. Pelley, MD, is a Staff member in the departments of Solid Tumor Oncology and Hematologic Oncology and Blood Disorders and the Taussig Cancer Institute at Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. His clinical interests include gastrointestinal tumors. Dr. Pelley is board-certified in internal medicine with subspecialties in hematology and medical oncology.

He is a fellow of the American Cancer Society and an active member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American College of Physicians. In addition, Dr. Pelley is a journal reviewer for Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, Journal of Cancer Research, Clinical Oncology, and American Journal of Gastroenterology. He has been a recipient of the National Institutes of Health Fellowship in Hematology and the Young Investigator Award given by the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Dr. Pelley received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio. He completed his internship, residency and fellowship in hematology and oncology at University Hospitals of Cleveland.

Dr. Pelley served as Program Director of the Hematology/Medical Oncology Fellowship for nearly 10 years and continues to take an active role in the education of young hematologists and oncologists in training.

Professional Highlights

Staff Physician, Cleveland Clinic

Education & Fellowships

Fellowship - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Cleveland, OH USA
Residency - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
Internship - University Hospitals of Cleveland
Internal Medicine
Cleveland, OH USA
Medical School - University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
Cincinnati, OH USA
Undergraduate - Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH USA


  • Internal Medicine- Medical Oncology
  • Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine- Hematology

Specialty Interests

Gastrointestinal cancer, colon cancer, stomach cancer, pancreatic cancer, gallbladder cancer, hepatoma, liver cancer, bile duct cancer, intestinal carcinoid tumors, desmoid tumors

Awards & Honors

  • Master Clinician, Lifetime Achievement Award, Cleveland Clinic, 2008
  • Best Doctors, Cleveland magazine, 2007-2009
  • Jagelman Memorial Oration, Turnbull Symposium, Cleveland Clinic, 2005
  • Teacher of the Year, Department of Hematology/Medical Oncology, Cleveland Clinic, 2001
  • Young Investigator Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology, 1987
  • American Cancer Society Fellowship Award, 1985-1986
  • Norma Lemon Fellowship Award, University Hospitals of Cleveland, Case Western Reserve University
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, 1979


  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American College of Physicians

Treatment & Services

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

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Languages Spoken

  • English

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