“I knew, going into medicine, that oncology was what I always wanted to do.”
“The question everyone asks is, ‘How did this happen?’” says UT San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center oncologist Robyn M. Scherber, M.D., M.P.H. “If there’s any single thing that keeps me motivated as a physician and researcher, it’s a commitment to finding answers for my patients and their families.”
In her quest to find those answers for her patients, Dr. Scherber has become a premier researcher in the field of hematological (blood and bone marrow) cancers. A research fellow of the Society for Translational Oncology since 2017 and a 2018 awardee of the American Society of Hematology Clinical Research Training Institute, Dr. Scherber’s work is recognized by some of the most highly acclaimed organizations in her field. She has authored or co-authored nearly 50 published articles and has presented her research throughout the United States, as well as in Italy and Taiwan.
“I knew, going into medicine, that oncology was what I always wanted to do,” says Dr. Scherber. “It’s such an exciting field because the vast amount of research (into cancer) is teaching us an awful lot about the whole body, and how we treat any number of diseases.”
A focus of Dr. Scherber’s investigative work since 2008 is developing a broader understanding of how the blood and bone marrow work. “There’s so much new data and so much new research teaching us just how important the blood really is,” she says. “Knowing more about how the blood and marrow function within the body can help us predict and prevent a wide variety of health problems – cancer, blood clots, stroke, heart attacks and more.”
“This is definitely a life’s work,” Dr. Scherber adds.
An associate member of the faculty and assistant professor of medicine since 2018, Dr. Scherber joined UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center in 2018 after completing a fellowship in hematology and oncology at Oregon Health and Sciences University. Before that, she earned her medical degree at Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine in Chicago, IL and completed her residency in internal medicine at Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, AZ.
Dr. Scherber holds a master’s degree in public health and a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, both from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Scherber is board certified in internal medicine and a member of the American Medical Association, the American Society of Hematology, and the European Hematology Association.
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