Axel Grothey, MD

Medical Oncology / Hematology
Gastrointestinal Cancer
East Campus
7945 Wolf River Boulevard
Germantown TN 38138 901.683.0055

About Me

Dr. Grothey is a medical oncologist and Director of Gastrointestinal Cancer Research at West Cancer Center and Research Institute, Germantown, Tennessee.

Dr. Grothey received his medical degree at Ruhr-Universitat 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, anti-angiogenesis, 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 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.


  • MD, Ruhr Universität (Bochum, Germany)


  • Internal Medicine – West-German Tumorcenter, University of Essen
  • Institute of Pathology – University of Essen
  • Internal Medicine -Department of Internal Medicine, University of Bochum


  • Hematology-Oncology – University of Bochum
  • Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Hematology and Medical Oncology
  • ABIM

Research and Publications