Dr. Robert Yoo Honored by Phoenix Business Journal

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Dr. Robert Yoo Honored by Phoenix Business Journal

Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers Medical Oncologist, Dr. Robert Yoo was honored by the Phoenix Business Journal on Wednesday, August 5, 2020.  Dr. Yoo joins the 2020 class of the prestigious Phoenix Business Journal 40 Under 40 awards.  He was recognized for his excellence in the community he serves and for his career accomplishments.

This was the very first virtual Phoenix Business Journal event, which is in it’s 20th year.  Hundreds of people tuned into event to congratulate the winners. This year’s winners were selected by a panel of judges including past winners from more than 400 nominees!

Here are some fun facts about Dr. Robert Yoo from his Q&A session for the event:

Dr. Robert Yoo

Age: 36

Title: Oncologist

Organization: Ironwood Cancer & Research Center

Hometown: Seoul, South Korea

What’s your definition of success? During my early career, my goal was to become one of the most recognized oncologist and be the best in my field. This mindset made me sacrifice work-life balance eventually. The success I define now is to maintain perfect work-life balance. While building a fulfilling career, being able to spend time with my family and creating memories are equally as important.

What’s the most important quality of leadership? As a physician, being a leader in a physician community means you are influential person to make a difference and advocate the group. To earn this trust from colleagues, the leader should be able to execute initiatives for an action while maintaining reasonable diplomacy and resilience.

Besides your smartphone, what’s the best tech invention that you use regularly? Home automation system

Amid the move to work from home amid Covid-19, what’s the best way you’ve found to stay in contact with people in your business and personal lives? For clinical duty, telemedicine replaced office visits for some patients. For administrative duties, it was an easy transition to convert meetings to virtual format.

What was the best thing and the worst thing about working from home? As an essential worker, I was still required to be present at my work field. But if I were to work from home, I wouldn’t be able to concentrate with my kiddos climbing all over me.

What’s your go-to smartphone app? Yahoo Finance. It constantly gives me a reminder how stock markets are erratically behaving in the midst of global pandemic.

What’s something about you that would surprise other people? I moved to the U.S. wanting to be a music producer.

What was your first job with a paycheck? Lab assistant in a sea lamprey research.


What you think you’ll be doing 10 years from now? Slowly transition into more administrative role.

What’s the most important piece of advice you ever received, and from who? Be humble, work hard, let someone else praise you – from my father

What’s the most important thing an organization can do to truly promote diversity and inclusion? Acknowledge, embrace and respect different cultures and religion

About Dr. Robert Yoo

Dr. Robert Yoo Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers

Dr. Robert Yoo is originally from Seoul, South Korea. He earned his doctorate degree at Michigan State University School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed internal medicine residency at William Beaumont Hospital in Farmington Hills, MI.

He was trained in combined hematology and oncology fellowship at Karmanos Cancer Institute / Wayne State University School of Medicine in metropolitan Detroit, and participated neuro-oncology program in Hermelin Brain Tumor Center at Henry Ford Hospital. During the fellowship, he served a leadership role as a Chief Fellow and actively involved in various studies focusing in molecular oncology and tumor biomarker.

Dr. Yoo specializes in treatment of a wide variety of blood disorders and malignancy, with specific interest in primary brain tumors, cancer of GU tract (prostate, bladder and kidney) and head & neck.

About Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers

Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers (ICRC) is the largest multi-specialty oncology network in the Greater Metro Phoenix area. They have over 100 medical providers, a robust Integrative Services program, and a dedicated clinical research department. Ironwood Cancer & Research Centers has 15 valley locations and five comprehensive cancer care centers that offer a multi-disciplinary approach for expedited personalized patient care. For more information, please visit www.ironwoodcrc.com.