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Division Highlights - Hematology, Oncology & Bone Marrow Transplant

The Division of Hematology, Oncology & Bone Marrow Transplant 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, neuro-oncology and palliative care.

2012 Highlights

  • Christian Capitini, MD, was selected as a UW SMPH Centennial Scholar. The award provides approximately $70,000 per year for three years to support scholarly activity among highly qualified junior faculty, especially those from underrepresented minority backgrounds. Dr. Capitini also received a $48,942 award from the UW Carbone Cancer Center to pursue pilot studies of "Monitoring of 19F-labeled NK cell trafficking for cancer immunotherapy using MRI.”
  • Mallery Olsen, a medical student in the lab of Christian Capitini, MD, was awarded a $6,000 Pediatric Oncology Student Training (POST) award from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for her project, “Tracking of 19F-labeled NK cells by MRI.”
  • Kenneth DeSantes, MD, received a $136,000 award from the Solving Kids’ Cancer Foundation for his collaborative project, “Phase I Trial of Ex-Vivo Expanded Haploidentical NK Cells and Hu14.18-IL2 for Children with Relapsed/Refractory Neuroblastoma.” He also received funding for and is working on an NCI-sponsored PACT translational grant to develop methodology for the activation and expansion of allogeneic NK cells.
  • Kenneth DeSantes, MD; Carol Diamond, MD; Diane Puccetti, MD; and Paul Sondel, MD, PhD, were named “Top Doctors” by Madison Magazine.
  • Margo Hoover-Regan, MD, was among the first recipients of the UW Health Patient Experience Physician Champion Award, which recognizes physicians who have achieved exemplary communication skills in the 2011 Avatar patient satisfaction survey.
  • Mario Otto, MD, PhD, received a 2-year, $100,000 award from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for his project, “Development of An Innovative Treatment Strategy for Neuroblastoma and Other Pediatric Tumors: A Novel Phospholipid Ether Analogue and its Multifunctional Cancer-targeting Nanoconstruct.”
  • Paul Sondel, MD, PhD, received a 3-year, $1,017,750 award from the National Cancer Institute for his project:The Role of KIR and FcR Genotype in the Efficacy of mAb and IL2 Immunotherapy”.


Paul M. Sondel, MD, PhD

Professor and Division Chief

Kenneth B. DeSantes, MD

Associate Professor (CHS)

Christian M. Capitini, MD

Assistant Professor

Carol A. Diamond, MD

Associate Professor (CHS)

Margo L. Hoover-Regan, MD

Assistant Professor (CHS)

Neha J. Patel, MD

Assistant Professor (CHS)

Mario Otto, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Diane M. Puccetti, MD

Associate Professor (CHS)

Chu Ri Shin, MD

Assistant Professor


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Last updated: 01/04/2016
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