Robin Schoenthaler, MD

My name is Robin Schoenthaler. I'm a Boston-based cancer doctor, an essayist, and a mother,
only occasionally in that order.

In my work, I am a radiation oncologist with the Massachusetts General Hospital. My practice is almost exclusively with women with breast cancer; you can find resources we've found helpful here.

In my essays, I write about life, death, kids, cancer, and life lessons. I tend to hone in on tiny scenes or the big picture or I focus on my experience of parenting or doctoring during extreme moments. And a lot of the time I include a serious dollop of humor as well.

My children have changed much about how I write and how I practice medicine. So I write about that, too.

Thank you so much for visiting,


Dr. Robin can be reached at

(The views expressed on this website and in all my writings are of course my own and don't reflect the views of MGH and absolutely nothing I write should ever be construed as medical advice or counsel.)