Robert B. Montgomery, MD

Robert B. Montgomery, MD
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Robert B. Montgomery, MD

  • Clinical Director, Genitourinary Oncology, Fred Hutch
  • Affiliate Member, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutch
  • Professor, Division of Hematology and Oncology, University of Washington School of Medicine

Medical Oncology

“We want to provide the best care, all the time, for every patient. The Urologic Oncology clinics at Fred Hutch are designed to provide a multidisciplinary team approach, while offering treatment tailored to each person, according to their needs and optimizing the quality of life.”

— Dr. Montgomery

Why do you practice oncology?

Bruce Montgomery, MD made the switch from laboratory research to patient care and clinical research because he wanted to work with the prostate cancer team at UW Medicine and Fred Hutch. “It was the opportunity to work with my colleagues in medical oncology, urology and radiation oncology, as well as the rest of the program in Prostate Cancer Research, that first attracted me to doing research in prostate cancer and ultimately to doing clinical trials and treating patients,” says Dr. Montgomery. He says he likes being part of the team: “It’s a great group and a remarkable team experience. We all collaborate. The group is very cohesive; they’ve found a way to really work together.” Dr. Paul Lange, the well-known prostate surgeon and urologist who sees patients at Fred Hutch and is chairman of the Department of Urology at the University of Washington, talks about why he wanted Dr. Montgomery to join the team: “Bruce brings a wealth of experience not only in medical oncology but also in basic cancer research to our table. Until we were able to lure him to UW and Fred Hutch, he was very involved in basic research and in the treatment of GU—and other cancers—at the VA, where he was one of the major players in medical oncology.”

Dr. Montgomery divides his time between seeing patients at the Fred Hutch Prostate Center and conducting research. He is a medical oncologist, an associate professor at UW Medicine and an affiliate member of the Clinical Research Division of Fred Hutch. “Bruce is a very compassionate, conscientious, and skillful physician, a real intellectual when it comes to cancer knowledge and an outstanding researcher who is now devoting a majority of his research time to clinical trials.” Dr. Montgomery and his colleagues are researching new ways of making prostate cancer cells more sensitive to chemotherapy and hormonal therapy. Dr. Montgomery generally sees men with prostate, bladder or testicular cancer, which may be treated with chemotherapy or other options such as hormone therapy. Until recently, men with early stage prostate cancer were treated only with surgery or radiation, but Dr. Montgomery says that this is starting to change. “Oncologists are beginning to use chemotherapy and vaccines to treat men with earlier-state prostate cancer if their disease has certain high-risk features, such as a very high PSA or high Gleason scores. For these men, the chance of a recurrence is high, perhaps 50 percent or higher.” These new treatments for high-risk prostate cancer are being evaluated in a number of clinical trials, and Dr. Montgomery often finds himself discussing the pros and cons of enrolling in clinical research with his patients. He acknowledges that enrolling in a clinical trial can be a scary proposition, but says that he will often ask a patient to join a study both because he is hoping to help that patient and because he is looking to the future, hoping to improve the treatments available for prostate cancer. “We are going in with the hope that the trial will have benefit for you and also for the next man down the road who has to deal with the disease,” he says. “I tell my patients, we wouldn’t have the standard of care we have now without other men who joined in this collaboration between patients and researchers.”

Provider Background

Area of Clinical Practice
Genitourinary cancers

Diseases Treated



Education, Experience and Certifications

Medical Degree
Duke University School of Medicine

Brigham and Women's Hospital

University of Washington - Hematology-Oncology

Board Certification
Medical Oncology, 1993, 2015, American Board of Internal Medicine


Seattle Met's 2023 Top Doctors award
Dr. Montgomery has received this peer-nominated award for exceptional patient care for multiple years.

Seattle Magazine's 2022 Top Doctors award
Dr. Montgomery has been recognized as a Top Doctor in this peer-nominated award multiple years in a row.

Clinical Trials

We make promising new treatments available to you through studies called clinical trials led by Fred Hutch physicians. Many of these trials at Fred Hutch have led to FDA-approved treatments and have improved standards of care globally. Together, you and your physician can decide if a study is right for you. 

Find a Clinical Trial Led by Dr. Montgomery


Many of our Fred Hutch physicians conduct ongoing research to improve standards of patient care. Their work is evaluated by other physicians and selected for publication to the United States National Library of Medicine, the largest medical library in the world. See scientific papers this Fred Hutch physician has written.

View Dr. Montgomery's Publications

Your Care Team

At Fred Hutch, you receive care from a team of providers with extensive experience in your disease. Your team includes physicians, a patient care coordinator, a registered nurse, an advanced practice provider and others, based on your needs. You also have access to experts like registered dietitians, social workers, acupuncturists, psychiatrists and more who specialize in supporting people with cancer or blood disorders. 


Fred Hutch accepts most national private health insurance plans as well as Medicare. We also accept Medicaid for people from Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. We are working to ensure that everyone, no matter what their financial situation, has access to the care they need.

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