Robert K. Horowitz, M.D.

Robert K. Horowitz, M.D.

Contact Information

James P. Wilmot Cancer Center
601 Elmwood Ave.
Rochester, NY 14642

Appointment: (585) 273-1154

  • Admits to Strong Memorial Hospital Admits to Strong Memorial Hospital
  • Admits to Highland Hospital Admits to Highland Hospital

Professional Bio

Dr. Rob Horowitz is an Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine and Pediatrics, and is board-certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Hospice & Palliative Care Medicine. He worked as a rural Emergency Physician for 14 years until 2012, when he moved his professional home to the URMC division of Palliative Care, where he works with children and adults who have serious illness in hospital, office and home settings. He was named Interim Chief of the Palliative Care Division in 2015. Dr. Horowitz also founded and served as Medical Director of URMC's Adult Cystic Fibrosis Program from 1999 until 2015.

In addition to his clinical duties, Dr. Horowitz is Director of the University of Rochester School of Medical & Denstistry's Year 2 and Year 3 Comprehensive Assessments, which are longitudinal formative assessments of student communication skills, medical knowledge and professionalism utilizing patient-actor interviews, multi-source feedback, peer- and self-assessments, and other modalities. He also teaches medical students in multiple other small and large group settings and facilitates several groups for clinicians, including Balint groups for physicians and Nurse Practitioners, and a support group for Palliative Care Unit nurses, techs and others.

Patient Care Bio

As a Palliative Care specialist, I take care of people with cancer and other serious illnesses. We aim for the best possible quality of life for them and their families, with two primary goals: easing pain and other symptoms of the disease and its treatment; helping align the treatment with their personal goals.

My colleagues and I collaborate closely with each person's oncologists and other providers, to coordinate an individualized treatment plan that meets each person's unique needs. I strive to know the patients I care for well so that our treatment plan honors their unique character, goals and preferences.

It is deeply gratifying to work closely with people who are confronting the intense challenges of serious illness – and to collaborate to ensure the best possible care.

Conditions I Treat

- Palliative care for all cancers and other serious illnesses

Awards & Honors (National)

Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award | Arnold P Gold Foundation 2016
Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award URSMD nominee 2014
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society 1993 - Present

Awards & Honors (Local)

Herbert W. Mapstone Prize for Excellence in Second Year Teaching | URSMD Class of 2017 2015
Gilbert Forbes Dean's Teaching Fellowship 2014 - 2016
Patient- and Family-Centered Care Top Performers Award | University of Rochester Medical Center Leadership 2013
Mary Jane Taylor Awared | Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Rochester, NY | for work "as a pioneer in CF care" 2009
Class of 1976 Prize | URMC Students | for "promise to become an outstanding clinical teacher" 1993
Bryce Collier Prize | URMC Faculty | for "compassionate and understanding care of the sick" 1993

Current Appointments

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine - Department of Medicine, Palliative Care (SMD) - Primary
Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics - Department of Pediatrics (SMD)


Pediatrics - American Board of Pediatrics
Hospice and Palliative Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine
Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine


MD | Medicine | University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry1993
BA | Psychology | St. John Fisher College1985
Duke University, Durham, NCAttended 1978 - 1980

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Residency in Internal Medicine / Pediatrics at University of Rochester Medical Center07/01/1994 - 09/30/1998
Internship in Internal Medicine / Pediatrics at University of Rochester Medical Center07/01/1993 - 06/30/1994