Robert A. Vescio, MD

Director, Multiple Myeloma and Amyloidosis Program; Hematologist/Oncologist

Robert A. Vescio, MD is an attending physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (CSMC) with offices in the Samuel Oschin Cancer Center. He is Director of the Cedars-Sinai Multiple Myeloma and Amyloidosis Program. Dr. Vescio has special expertise in multiple myeloma and amyloidosis. His research interests include related conditions, such as monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS), and in the treatment and prevention of bone metastases.

Dr. Vescio is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He is board certified in both medical oncology and hematology.

Dr. Vescio's research is both clinical and laboratory based. His clinical work has centered upon the use of conventional and high-dose chemotherapy (autologous transplantation) and more novel and low-dose therapeutic approaches for these diseases. His laboratory work has led to an improved understanding of multiple myeloma pathogenesis, including a potential link with human herpes virus-8 infection, the need for autograft purging and monitoring of circulating tumor cell burden as an indicator of disease status.

Dr. Vescio has been cited as one of the top specialists in multiple myeloma and amyloidosis in America's Top Doctors for Cancer. He has published numerous book chapters and over 50 articles in peer-reviewed journals, including Blood, Science, Bone Marrow Transplantation, Lancet, Journal of Clinical Oncology and Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. He also serves as a reviewer for several journals, including Blood, Leukemia, Leukemia/Lymphoma, Transfusion and the American Journal of Hematology.

Dr. Vescio received his bachelor's degree from Pomona College in Claremont, California. He completed his residency and internship at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center and a fellowship in hematology-oncology at UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Vescio was awarded his medical degree from the UCSD Medical School.