Ryan Gentzler

Ryan Gentzler, MD

Primary Location:
Emily Couric Clinical Cancer Center

1240 Lee St.

Charlottesville, VA 22903



ABMS Certification:
American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine)
American Board of Internal Medicine (Medical Oncology)
Research Interests:

Lung cancer, novel therapies, cancer immunology, and targeted therapy.

Clinical Practice:
Lung Cancer, Malignant Mesothelioma, Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Small Cell Lung Cancer, Thymus Cancers


Associate Professor

Dr. Gentzler received his MD degree from Temple University School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine internship and residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He also earned a master’s degree in pharmacology during his residency with a focus on clinical investigation supported by the NIH K30 Clinical Research Curriculum Award. He completed his hematology/oncology fellowship at Northwestern University.

Dr. Gentzler’s clinical focus is the treatment of patients with lung cancer and other thoracic malignancies. His research is centered around the development of novel therapies for lung cancer. His goal is to contribute meaningful research that leads to improvements in the curability, survival, and quality of life for patients with lung cancer. 

He is an active investigator on many active clinical trials, serves as the director of the Thoracic Oncology Clinical Research Program at UVA and chairs the UVA Cancer Center’s Lung Cancer Translational Research Team. Dr. Gentzler is also director of the UVA Cancer Center Protocol Review Committee, which provides scientific review and oversight of cancer research conducted at UVA. On a national level, he has leadership roles in the NCI Experimental Therapeutics Clinical Trials Network (ETCTN) and Thoracic Clinical Trials Working Group for the Hoosier Cancer Research Network (HCRN). He is also an active member of the ECOG-ACRIN cooperative group.

Read 5 Common Lung Cancer Beliefs: True or False?, a blog post by Ryan Gentzler, MD.

Related Media:

NBC29 House Call - Dr. Ryan Gentzler on Lung Cancer

  • Excellence in Research Department of Medicine, UVA, 2020

  • Recognition of Outstanding Patient Experience, UVA Health, 2019

  • Recognition of Outstanding Patient Experience, UVA Health, 2018

  • Excellence in Clinical Care Award, Department of Medicine, UVA, 2018

  • Compassionate Care Award, Northwestern University Women’s Board, 2014

  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Dept. of Medicine, Northwestern University, 2013

  • The Kowlessar Award for Excellence in General Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, 2011

  • Emmanuel M. Weinberger Award for Hematology/Oncology Temple University School of Medicine, 2008


Internal Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
Hematology and Oncology, Northwestern Memorial Hospital