Ellis Fischel Cancer Center
1 Hospital Dr
Columbia, MO

Phone: (573) 882-2100

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1. Ellis Fischel Cancer Center

1 Hospital Dr
Columbia, MO
Phone: 573-882-8445
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Phone: (573) 882-2100
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Education & Training

Medical School

University of Alabama School of Medicine



  • University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Med

General Surgery

  • Carraway Methodist Medical Center



  • University of Cincinnati

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

  • University of Cincinnati


American Board of Otolaryngology


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Academic Information

William E. Davis Professor and Chair

Research Profile

Dr. Robert Zitsch’s research efforts have been primarily focused on the clinical diagnosis and management of head and neck oncologic diseases including those affecting the cutaneous and endocrine systems. This has included a number of investigator-initiated prospective and retrospective clinical trials. Dr. Zitsch’s most recent efforts have involved benign and malignant neoplasms involving the thyroid and parathyroid glands, malignancies of the oral cavity and cutaneous melanoma of the head and neck. In addition, Dr. Zitsch has served as an investigator for industry-sponsored clinical trials including the Roche Navify Tumor Board Project, a registry involving chronic hyper-parathyroidism patients, a study of molecular profiling for indeterminate thyroid nodules, and a trial involving a new diagnostic pharmaceutical for sentinel lymph node biopsy.

Research Interests

  • Clinical diagnosis and management of head and neck surgical oncology
  • Diagnosis and treatment of thyroid and parathyroid neoplasms
  • Management of head and neck melanoma

Areas of Expertise

  • Diagnosis and management of head and neck malignancies including thyroid carcinoma and cutaneous melanoma of the head and neck
  • Surgical management of primary and secondary hyper-parathyroidism
  • Sentinel lymph node biopsy for squamous cell carcinoma of the oral cavity

Awards & Honors

  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • Member, American Head & Neck Society
  • Member, American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
  • Member, American College of Surgeons Oncology Group
  • Member, American Thyroid Association
  • Member, Boone County Medical Society
  • Member, Midwest Head and Neck Cancer Consortium
  • Member, Missouri State Medical Association
  • Member, Society of University Otolaryngologists