Dr. Robson graduated from the University of Virginia School of Medicine in Charlottesville, Virginia, and did his internal medicine residency and hematology-oncology fellowship training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC. He is currently Chief of the Breast Medicine Service in the Department of Medicine at Memorial Hospital in New York, an attending physician on Breast Medicine and Clinical Genetics Services, and a Member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
His clinical research has concentrated on the optimal application of germ line information to the management of cancer patients, particularly those with breast cancer. He has been a lead investigator for a number of trials of PARP inhibitors in patients with BRCA mutation - associated breast cancer. In addition to developing PARP inhibition as a therapeutic strategy, he is currently developing new models for the acquisition of germline information, including "mainstreaming" through test ordering by primary oncology providers and broad genomic screening in the context of somatic mutational profiling.
He is currently investigating the use of polygenic risk scores in facilitating decision-making among women with or without an inherited predisposition. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Oncology and is an associate editor for the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. He is past chair of the Ethics Committee of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and has served several terms on the ASCO Cancer Prevention Committee and its Cancer Genetics subcommittee.