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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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/ scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

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

122 Patient Satisfaction Reviews

The Patient Satisfaction Rating is an average of all responses to the care provider related questions shown below from our nationally-recognized Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Patients that are treated in outpatient or hospital environments may receive different surveys, and the volume of responses will vary by question.

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 4.8
Time Spent with Patient 4.8
Patient Rating of Doctor 4.8

14 Patient Comments

Reviewed on Dec 19, 2018

dr Pelley the best doctor I ever had to meet. he provided me with excellent care.

Reviewed on Nov 26, 2018

I appreciated that the nurse told me about the option to see a nutritionist if I ever want or need to see someone. I appreciate Dr. Pelley's skill, knowledge, understanding, and compassion.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2018

Dr. Robert Pelley and his staff are AMAZING! They are so kind and caring dealing with cancer patients. Dr. Pelley is very encouraging to me and my family during this rough time. I am truly blessed to be under his care.

Reviewed on Oct 25, 2018

Dr. Pelley is a very gracious physician. He really takes interest in his patients and their concerns. I believe in him and his ability to take care of my cancer.

Reviewed on Sep 14, 2018

loved Dr Pelly very kind and very knowledgeable. he is an asset to your facility. worth the 4 hour drive for his opinion ..Thank you Dr Pelly!!

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2018

doctor pelley was absolutely fantastic

Reviewed on Aug 24, 2018

My wait time has improved greatly over two years. I know my doctor tries very hard to see me and get me out on time.

Reviewed on Jul 9, 2018

Dr. Pelley has always offered me awesome care. He has been kind, thoughtful and thorough in is review of my recirds, plan of care and treatment.

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2018

The amount of education that Dr. Pelley and his nurse have provided has been excellent and quite helpful.

Reviewed on May 29, 2018

I am extremely fortunate to have Dr. Pelley as my cancer physician. He has coordinated my care for approx. 5 years and I couldn't have someone I respect and relate to more. His efforts has extended my time, I am sure and I am grateful.

Reviewed on May 22, 2018

Dr. Pelley has always been very patient, informative, and quick to respond if he had to get back to me at a later time with any information or results. His care has been exceptional.

Reviewed on May 22, 2018

Dr Pelley reason we chose Cleveland Clinic. Knowledge, communication, helpfulness very commendable. We trust him!!!

Reviewed on Apr 20, 2018

considering this was dealing with a possible cancer issue felt Dr was very compassionate

Reviewed on Mar 26, 2018

Dr. Pellay listens and explains medical term in simple language. All questions were answered respectfully and professionally.

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