Robert L. Eil, M.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, School of Medicine


As a surgeon, Dr. Eil cares for patients who have cancers of the liver, bile ducts and pancreas. As a scientist, Dr. Eil studies immunotherapy for these types of cancer. Immunotherapy supports the body’s natural immune response to cancer. Dr. Eil worked for three years at the National Cancer Institute. While there, he made discoveries about how immune cells fight cancer. This research is helping scientists understand and treat cancer. He brings his surgical and scientific knowledge together at OHSU for patients with liver and pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Eil and his wife have two young children. They enjoy traveling and spending time outside as a family.

Education and training

    • B.S., 2005, Tulane University
    • M.D., 2010, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
  • Residency

    • General Surgery, OHSU, 2010-2018
  • Fellowship

    • Tumor Immunology & Immunotherapy, Surgery Branch, National Cancer Institute, NIH, 2013-2016
    • Complex General Surgical Oncology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 2018-2020
  • Certifications

    • American Board of Surgery, 2019
    • Complex General Surgical Oncology, 2021

Areas of interest

  • Cholangiocarcinoma
  • Colorectal Liver Metastasis
  • Tumor induced immune suppression
  • T cell ion transport
  • T cell engineering
  • Translational science
  • Investigator initiated clinical trials

Honors and awards

  • Resident Paper of the Year, OHSU, 2017
  • Thoracic Surgery Resident of the Year, OHSU, 2017


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