Robert H. Collins Jr., M.D., FACP, is a Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, and a member of the Division of Hematology and Oncology. He serves as Director of both the Blood Cancers / Transplant and Cellular Therapies Program and the Combined Adult/Pediatric Stem Cell Transplant Program. He holds the Sydney and J.L. Huffines Distinguished Chair in Cancer Research in Honor of Eugene Frenkel, M.D., and is the R. Lloyd and Willye V. Skaggs Professor in Medical Research.

Originally from St. Louis, Dr. Collins earned his bachelor's degree and his medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. He completed internal medicine residency training at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. He then completed advanced training through a fellowship in hematology and oncology at the University of California-Los Angeles.

Certified by the American Board of Internal medicine in medical oncology, Dr. Collins has 25 years of experience in bone marrow transplantation and has participated in some 2,500 autologous and allogeneic transplants.

A recognized leader in the field of adoptive immunotherapy, Dr. Collins specializes in blood and marrow transplantation and hematologic malignancies such as leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myelodysplasia.

Dr. Collins is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians and a member of numerous scientific and medical organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Society of Hematology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, and the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation.

Dr. Collins has led studies of donor leukocyte infusions through an international network of more than 100 centers. He continues to lead an active program of phase I-III clinical trials investigating novel approaches to hematologic malignancies and blood and marrow transplantation. He has published over 125 original research articles in leading journals, including The New England Journal of MedicineBloodJournal of Clinical Oncology, and Annals of Internal Medicine. Dr. Collins is an active clinician, focusing on hematologic malignancies (leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, Hodgkin’s disease, and myelodysplasia) and bone marrow transplantation. He also instructs medical students, residents and fellows in these disciplines at UT Southwestern Medical School.

Dr. Collins is a recipient of the John J. Kenny Award from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and has been honored with a number of other recognitions.

Personal Note

During his free time, Dr. Collins enjoys reading, music, outdoor activities, and spending time with his family.


Medical School
University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine (1984)
Baylor University Medical Center (1987), Internal Medicine
UCLA (1989), Hematology Oncology

Research Interest

  • Adoptive immunotherapy
  • Immunology of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantations
  • Non-myeloablative stem cell transplantation


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Prospective Trial of Chemotherapy and Donor Leukocyte Infusions for Relapse of Advanced Myeloid Malignancies After Allogeneic Stem-Cell Transplantation.
Levine JE, Braun T, Penza SL, eatty P, Cornetta K, Rodrigo M, Drobyski WR, Barrett AJ, Porter DL, Giralt S, Leis J, Holmes HE, Johnson M, Horowitz M, Collins Jr. RH. Journal of Clinical Oncology 2002 20 405-412
Contribution of the thymus to immune reconstitution following autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplant in adults.
Douek DC, Vescio RA, Betts MR, Brenchley JM, Zheng L, Berenson JR, Collins RH, Koup RA Lancet 2000 355 1875-81
Donor leukocyte infusions in 140 patients with relapsed malignancy after allogeneic bone marrow transplantation.
Collins RH, Shpilbert O, Drobyski WR, Porter DL, Giralt S, Champlin R, Goodman SA, Wolff SN, Hu W, Verfaillie C, List A, Dalton W, Ognoskie N, Chetrit A, Antin JH, Nemunaitis J. Journal of Clinical Oncology 1997 15 433-444

Honors & Awards

  • Best Doctors Hall of Fame
    D Magazine (2022)
  • Top Doctor of 2022
    Castle Connolly (2022)
  • Top Doctors
    U.S. News & World Report (2013-2016)
  • Top Doctors North Texas
    Castle Connolly (2011-2022)
  • Dr. John J. Kenny Award
    Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (2009)
  • Super Doctors
    Texas Monthly (2008-2022)
  • The Best Doctors in America
    Best Doctor (1998-2022)
  • Best Doctors in Dallas
    D Magazine (1994-2022)
  • Basic Science Award
    St. Louis Friends of the UMKC School of Medicine (0)
  • Curators' Scholarship for Academic Excellence
    University of Missouri (0)
  • Deans List for All Undergraduate Semesters
    University of Missouri-Kansas City (0)
  • Fellow
    American College of Physicians (0)
  • Flarscheim Scholarship for Academic Excellence
    University of Missouri-Kansas City (0)
  • Outstanding Achievement in the College of Arts and Sciences
    University of Missouri-Kansas City (0)
  • The Best Doctors in America

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • American College of Physicians
  • American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Society of Hematology
  • Dallas County Medical Society
  • International Society for Experimental Hematology
  • Leukemia Association of North America
  • Leukemia Society of America
  • Texas Society of Medical Oncology