Hematologist/Medical Oncologist

Axel Grothey, MD

Specialty Area
Medical Oncology
Locations
East Campus
7945 Wolf River Boulevard
Germantown TN 38138 901.683.0055
Axel Grothey, MD, is a consultant at the West Cancer Center, University of Tennessee, in Memphis, TN.   Dr Grothey received his medical degree at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany, and completed residencies at West German Tumor Center and the Institute of Pathology at the University of Essen and a residency and fellowship at the University of Bochum. He also completed a research fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas. He joined Mayo Clinic as a consultant in 2005 and was appointed as Professor of Oncology in 2007. He left Mayo Clinic in summer of 2018 to join West Cancer Center.   Dr Grothey’s clinical interests focus on gastrointestinal cancers, in particular colorectal cancer, antiangiogenesis, signal transduction inhibitors, and clinical trial design and statistics. As a consultant and investigator, his research has been funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institutes of Health, among other organizations. He currently co-chairs the NCI Gastrointestinal Cancer Steering Committee after having served as chair of the Colon Cancer Task Force for 6 years. Until June, 2018 he was vice chair of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Committee of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology, an NCI-funded cooperative group. He is also chaired the Academic and Community Cancer Research United (ACCRU) international research network based at Mayo Clinic until he joined West Cancer Center.   He currently holds professional positions in the Association of German Internists, German Cancer Association, Working Group of Experimental Cancer Research in Germany, American Association for Cancer Research, European Association for Cancer Research, American Society for Cell Biology, MD Anderson Associates, American Society of Clinical Oncology, European Society for Medical Oncology, German Association for Internal Oncology, and the Minnesota Medical Association.   Dr. Grothey is a member of the NCCN Guidelines Committee for Colon, Rectal, and Anal Cancer and also a member of the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) guidelines committee for colorectal cancer.   Dr Grothey performs journal review and editorial activities for numerous medical journals and is editor for Clinical Colorectal CancerEmerging Cancer Therapeutics, Practice Updates, and Therapeutic Advances in Medical Oncology. He is a member of the editorial board of Journal of Clinical Oncology and Journal of the National Cancer Institute. In educational activities, he is a five-time recipient of Teacher of the Year recognition at Mayo Clinic. Dr Grothey has given numerous international, national, and regional presentations, as well as invited and visiting professor presentations. He has co-authored more than 500 articles, books, book chapters, editorials, abstracts, and letters.  
Education
Ruhr-Universitat Bochum – Medical School, 11/1989 Dissertation thesis: “”Experiments on the Active Specific Immunotherapy of Renal Cell Carcinoma”” 1981 – 1987
West-German Tumorcenter, University of Essen – Resident, Internal Medicine 1988 – 1989
Institute of Pathology, University of Essen – Resident 1989 – 1990
Department of Internal Medicine, University of Bochum – Resident, Internal Medicine 1990 – 1994
Department of Hematology-Oncology, University of Bochum – Post-doctoral Fellowship 1994 – 1996
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center – Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, (P.D. McCrea, Ph.D.). Project aimed to address the effect of kinase mediated signaling on the actin cytoskeleton and phenotypic properties of cancer cells. 1996 – 1998
Certification
Board Certifications
Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)
Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) 1988 – Present
European Society of Medical Oncology
Hematology and Oncology 2000 – Present
Final Federal German Medical Exam
Examination 1987 – Present
German Board of Hematology/Oncology
Hematology and Oncology 1996 – Present
German Board of Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine 1994 – Present
United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)
Step I 2003 – Present
Step II 2003 – Present
Step III 2004 – Present
Mayo Clinic Quality Academy
Mayo Clinic Quality Fellow: Bronze Level Certification 2011
Education
Ruhr-Universitat Bochum – Medical School, 11/1989 Dissertation thesis: “”Experiments on the Active Specific Immunotherapy of Renal Cell Carcinoma”” 1981 – 1987
West-German Tumorcenter, University of Essen – Resident, Internal Medicine 1988 – 1989
Institute of Pathology, University of Essen – Resident 1989 – 1990
Department of Internal Medicine, University of Bochum – Resident, Internal Medicine 1990 – 1994
Department of Hematology-Oncology, University of Bochum – Post-doctoral Fellowship 1994 – 1996
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center – Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, (P.D. McCrea, Ph.D.). Project aimed to address the effect of kinase mediated signaling on the actin cytoskeleton and phenotypic properties of cancer cells. 1996 – 1998
Certification
Board Certifications
Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG)
Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) 1988 – Present
European Society of Medical Oncology
Hematology and Oncology 2000 – Present
Final Federal German Medical Exam
Examination 1987 – Present
German Board of Hematology/Oncology
Hematology and Oncology 1996 – Present
German Board of Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine 1994 – Present
United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE)
Step I 2003 – Present
Step II 2003 – Present
Step III 2004 – Present
Mayo Clinic Quality Academy
Mayo Clinic Quality Fellow: Bronze Level Certification 2011

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