Robert Kratzke, MD

Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation

Robert Kratzke

Contact Info

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware Street SE
MMC 480
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Sarah Strommer

Administrative Phone

Administrative Email

Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation

Medical Oncologist

Medical School, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, WA

Residency, University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics, Madison, WI

Fellowship, McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research, Madison, WI

Fellowship, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD


Dr. Kratzke graduated from the University of Washington School of Medicine in 1983 and completed his residency training in Internal Medicine at the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in 1986. Between 1986 and 1988, he did research at the McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research at the University of Wisconsin Madison in the laboratory of Dr. Jeff Ross. He was a Medical Oncology Fellow at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) of the National Institutes of Health from 1988 to 1991, and stayed at the NCI doing research with Dr Frederick Kaye until 1994. From 1993 through 1994, Dr. Kratzke was also an Assistant Professor of Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, MD. From 1994 to 2004, he was a Staff Physician at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center in the Section of Hematology/Oncology.

Awards & Recognition

  • The John Skoglund Chair in Lung Cancer Research (2004)
  • Outstanding Academic Mentor, University of Minnesota (2007)
  • Mentor of the Year, Hematology, Oncology and Transplant Division, University of Minnesota (2006-2007)
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians

Professional Associations

  • Vice-Chair, Cancer and Leukemia Group B Respiratory Committee
  • Vice-Chair, Respiratory Committee
  • Member, American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Member, American Federation for Medical Research
  • Arete Society


Research Summary/Interests

Dr. Kratzke is a member of the Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program at the Masonic Cancer Center. He has spent his entire career in translational mesothelioma and lung cancer research beginning during his fellowship at the NCI-Navy Medical Oncology Branch (John Minna, Director). Based on his accomplishments in 2004 he was awarded the John Skoglund Chair for Lung Cancer Research at the University of Minnesota. In recent years he has redirected his research interests to the dual projects of oncolytic virotherapy and targeting cap-mediated translation for lung cancer or mesothelioma therapy. In addition, he holds leadership roles in the Alliance for Cancer Clinical Trials (Alliance) including directing thoracic oncology correlative science projects and serving as Vice-chair of the Respiratory Committee for this NIH sponsored organization. He has worked on numerous lung cancer projects for the CALGB including analyses of patient outcomes, biomarkers, and staging. He is active in the oversight and analysis of both the Alliance lung cancer tissue bank and PLCO tissue and blood samples. During the course of his career, he has mentored numerous fellows and trainees in the study of mesothelioma and lung cancer including funded researchers at institutions such as Stanford University, the University of Minnesota, and the Minneapolis VA Medical Center among others.



Masonic Cancer Center

Board Certifications

  • American Board Internal Medicine- Medical Oncology

Clinical Interests

Mesothelioma; Lung Cancer