Robert A Somer, MD

Departments

Cooper University Health Care Titles

  • Head, Division of Hematology/Medical Oncology
  • Director, Cancer Clinical Trials Program
  • Hematologist/Medical Oncologist

Cooper Medical School of Rowan University Titles

  • Associate Professor of Medicine

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Oncology
  • Hematology

Gender

Male

Professional Type

Cooper University Physician

NPI

1285725267

About Me

What inspired you to become a cancer specialist?
As a child, I always had an interest in science, figuring out how things worked, enjoyed talking to people, was outgoing and developed an interest in the human connection. Naturally, medicine seemed like it was the perfect meld of science, research, and relationships. My decision to go into oncology came very late in the course of my training during my internal medicine residency at Penn. In fact, I had fellowship applications filled out for gastroenterology! I did an outpatient elective in oncology and threw out the GI fellowship apps, and quickly applied to hem/onc programs! The overwhelming possibility of improving someone's life, whether it be through cure, delay of progressive symptoms, providing palliative care, emotionally supporting patients and their families, managing the most difficult medical issues, and furthering the field through research, is the most rewarding experience in the world. Adding to this fact is that I get to work with the most amazing people who share the similar goal of helping others. In fact, I cannot picture myself doing anything else.

What is your essential patient care philosophy?
Treat patients as you would want a family member treated. My poor mother, father, brother, sister, and wife (depending on the patient's age and gender) have been used as examples thousands of times. Please don't tell them!

What do you hope your patients say about you to their family and friends?
He's such a great listener and truly cares about me!

What three words best describe you?
Intellectual, hilarious (and I mean extremely funny), and sensitive/caring (Okay, that's 4 - honest. That makes 5).

Office Locations

MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper

Two Cooper Plaza
Camden, NJ 08103

855.MDA.COOPER (855.632.2667)
Directions

Voorhees - 900 Centennial Boulevard, Building One

900 Centennial Boulevard
Building 1
Voorhees, NJ 08043

855.MDA.COOPER (855.632.2667)

Willingboro - 1000 Salem Road

1000 Salem Road
Willingboro, NJ 08046

855.MDA.COOPER (855.632.2667)
Directions

MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper - Camden

Two Cooper Plaza
Camden, NJ 08103
Phone: 855.MDA.COOPER (855.632.2667)
Maps & Directions

MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper - Voorhees

900 Centennial Boulevard
Building 1
Voorhees, NJ 08043
Phone: 855.MDA.COOPER (855.632.2667)

MD Anderson at Cooper - Willingboro

1000 Salem Road
Willingboro, NJ 08046
Phone: 855.MDA.COOPER (855.632.2667)
Maps & Directions

Education & Training

Medical SchoolSUNY Stony Brook School of Medicine, Stony Brook, NY
InternshipHospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
ResidencyInternal Medicine - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
FellowshipHematology/Oncology - Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA

Special Interests

Breast cancer, genitourinary cancers, cancer clinical trials, cancer and genetics