Robert Kratzke

Professor of Medicine
Section Head, Medical Oncology
Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Transplantation


Administrator Info
Name: Ms. J. Knapp
Phone: 612-626-1422
Fax:  612-625-6919
Mail: 420 Delaware Street SE, MMC 480, Minneapolis, MN 55455

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.

Research Summary

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.

Clinical Summary

Mesothelioma; Lung Cancer

Grants and Patents

Grants and Patents

Selected Grants

Award Dates: 2016 - 2020
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Award Dates: 2008 - 2020
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