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Motzer Helps Set the Pace of Discovery in Kidney Cancer Research

Cheryl Alkon
Published: Thursday, May 17, 2018
Robert J. Motzer, MD

Robert J. Motzer, MD
Robert J. Motzer, MD, is a pioneer in the world of kidney cancer.

When he was hired in 1988 as a medical oncologist specializing in both testicular and kidney cancer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK), kidney cancer was seen as one of the least desirable areas of oncology.

“There were doctors at the center who cared for patients with advanced kidney cancer, but for none of them was this disease their main priority,” said Motzer, 63. “When I came on to the faculty, it was considered to be one of the most difficult cancers to treat and associated with a poor prognosis.”

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