Robert Dess

Robert Dess, MD

Assistant Professor
Fellowship Program Director
Co-Lead Michigan Radiation Oncology Quality Consortium: Prostate Project

University Hospital, B2C502
1500 E Medical Center Dr
Ann Arbor MI  48109-5010


Clinical Contacts

Ann Arbor


Dr. Dess is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Michigan. He attended medical school at University of Chicago and did his residency in radiation oncology at the University of Michigan where he joined the faculty upon completion of his training. He practices in several locations -- at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor main campus where he leads the High Dose Rate (HDR) prostate brachytherapy program, and at the Brighton Center for Specialty Care as the primary genitourinary radiation oncologist.

Dr. Dess has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals on the topics of prostate, lung and breast cancer. His guiding principle is to deliver the right treatment to the right patient at the right time. To that end, he has worked with a rich network of collaborators to create novel prognostic models to characterize prostate cancer disease aggressiveness, to analyze racial outcomes differences and settings in which disparities are minimized, and to advance more convenient forms of treatment including stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) and characterize long-term quality of life post-treatment. He is interested in maximizing efficacy, minimizing burden, and understanding the long-term toxicity risks of treatment.

Dr. Dess also serves as the co-lead for prostate cancer within the Michigan Radiation Oncology Quality Consortium (MROQC) where he works to improve state-wide care.

Clinical Interests

  • Prostate cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Toxicity Mitigation and Quality of Life
  • Stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT)
  • Genitourinary cancers
  • High Dose Rate (HDR) Prostate Brachytherapy

Honors & Awards

  • 2020- Radiation Oncology Institute Publication Award
  • 2018- ARRO Resident Research Award
  • 2014- Intern of the Year
  • 2002- Magna Cum Laude


  • Residency, Radiation Oncology, University of Michigan, 2018
  • MD, University of Chicago, 2013
  • BS, Northwestern University, 2002

Web Sites


1500 E Medical Center Dr
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-5010