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Division Highlights - Hematology & Oncology

The Division of Hematology and Oncology provides state-of-the-art integrated therapies, including stem cell transplant, aimed at curing malignancies and treating hematological disorders in children.

Research interests include ways to recognize and destroy cancer cells using immunologic and molecular biologic pathways, cancer survivorship, and palliative care.

2009 Highlights

  • The division moved into a new Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer-funded UW Childhood Cancer Research Wing at the Wisconsin Institute for Medical Research.
  • Paul Sondel, MD, co-led a national trial testing an experimental immunotherapy treatment, based in part on his laboratory’s work, for children with high-risk neuroblastoma. The trial showed a 20% improvement in cure rates for children who received this immunotherapy.
  • Kenneth DeSantes, MD, obtained certification for American Family Children’s Hospital to administer MIBG treatment for high-risk neuroblastoma.
  • Kenneth DeSantes, MD, developed a novel stem cell transplant protocol for children with recurrent leukemia or solid tumors. The therapy infuses children with natural killer cells to help destroy the cancer.
  • Carol Diamond, MD, was named one of two recipients of the UW Medical Foundation’s first Clinical Practice Excellence Awards.
  • Research from Sinisa Dovat, MD, DSc, has helped explain the function of the Ikaros gene, which plays a key role in causing high-risk childhood leukemia.
  • Neha Patel, MD, established Wisconsin’s first comprehensive multidisciplinary clinic for children with neurocutaneous disorders who are at risk for cancer.


Paul M. Sondel, MD, PhD

Division Chief
Paul M. Sondel, MD, PhD


Kenneth B. DeSantes, MD

Associate Professor

Carol A. Diamond, MD

Associate Professor

Sinisa Dovat, MD, DSc

Assistant Professor

Margo L. Hoover-Regan, MD

Assistant Professor

Neha J. Patel, MD

Assistant Professor

Diane M. Puccetti, MD

Associate Professor


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Grant Support

Last updated: 01/04/2016
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