Department Hematology and Medical Oncology
Primary Location Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Type of Doctor Adults Only
Languages English
Surgeon No
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
Primary Location

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Specialties & Treatments

Treatment & Services

  • Cancer Center
  • Chemotherapy
  • Clinical Trials
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Specialty in Diseases & Conditions

  • Anal Cancer
  • Bile Duct Cancer
  • Cancer
  • Carcinoid Syndrome
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Desmoid Tumor
  • Endocrine Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Extrahepatic Bile Duct Cancer
  • Gallbladder Cancer
  • Hepatoma
  • Intestinal Carcinoid Tumors
  • Large Intestine Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Small Intestine Cancer
  • Stomach Cancer
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About Robert Pelley, MD

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.
Education & Professional Highlights

Education & Professional Highlights


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

Professional Highlights

  • Staff Physician, Cleveland Clinic


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

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
Research & Publications

Research & Publications

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Industry Relationships

Industry Relationships

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As of 1/13/2018, Dr. Pelley 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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Patient Satisfaction Reviews

126 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

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Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

The comments are submitted by patients and reflect their views and opinions. The comments are not endorsed by and do not necessarily reflect the views of Cleveland Clinic.

Overall Star Ratings
4.8 out of 5
Explains 4.8
Listens 4.9
Courtesy, Respect & Concern 4.9
Knows Medical History 4.7
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

6 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Dec 4, 2017

Discussions were in depth and suggested follow-up, as well as a referral, were well explained.

Reviewed on Nov 10, 2017

Dr. Pelley just seemed rushed during the whole visit. Never once mentioned the blood tests results and then the appointment was over and I forgot to ask. Why have blood tests done if they don't mean anything. I have cancer and would like to know his opinion on stuff.

Reviewed on Apr 18, 2017

After being given a new diagnosis, Dr. Pelley and Julie Krause spent time with me talking about the diagnosis, medications and referral to a specialist. There were problems with the prescription and both Dr. Pelley and Julie contacted me by phone to verify that the prescription had been filled correctly. The office also assisted with setting up the future appointment with the specialist.

Reviewed on Feb 28, 2017

Dr. Pelley explained what my follow up care will be going forward- up to five years out. He is wonderful-clear with information given, I never feel rushed, and I know he is available if I need to speak with him before my next visit.

Reviewed on Feb 15, 2017

Very pleased with Dr. Pelley although he could not offer any Clinical Trials to me at this time. However, he referred me to another hospital in my area which does currently have clinical trials. Very please with the Cleveland Clinic and the professionalism of Dr. Pelley and the staff. Would definitely recommend this facility to others.

Reviewed on Jan 24, 2017

As with all of the doctors I've seen at Cleveland Clinic, Dr. Pelley is excellent!

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