Division Highlights - Hematology, Oncology & Bone Marrow Transplant

The Division of Hematology, Oncology and 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, cellular and molecular biologic pathways, bone marrow transplantation as immunotherapy, cancer survivorship, neuro-oncology and palliative care.

2014 Highlights

  • The Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Clinic at American Family Children’s Hospital received a quarterly and a semi-annual UW Health patient experience award in 2014.
  • Myriam Bouchlaka, PhD, a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Christian Capitini, MD, received an inaugural American Association of Immunologists (AAI) Careers in Immunology Fellowship, which provides a one-year salary support stipend. She also received a Cayman's Women in Research Travel Grant to present an abstract at the 2014 AAI Annual Meeting.
  • Christian Capitini, MD, received a four-year, $721,440 National Institutes of Health-National Cancer Institute (NIH-NCI) Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award (K08) for his project, "Inhibiting STAT1 as a Novel Graft-Versus-Host/Graft-Versus-Leukemia Therapy.” He also earned a $1250 Early Career Faculty Travel Grant from the AAI to present his abstract, "19F-MRI for Tracking NK Cells After Adoptive Transfer" at its 2014 annual meeting.
  • Dennis Ea, a medical student in the laboratory of Christian Capitini, MD, received a $6,000 Pediatric Oncology Student Training Award from the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for his proposal “Inhibition of BCL2 in T-cell ALL.”
  • Lauren Reil, an undergraduate student in the laboratory of Christian Capitini, MD, received a $1500 award from the Honors and Undergraduate Research Committee of the UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences for her project, "Tracking Natural Killer Cells After Haploidentical Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplants Using Fluorine-19."
  • Christian Capitini, MD, was awarded a $50,000 pilot grant from the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. Dr. Capitini is collaborating with the Department of Medicine’s Peiman Hematti, MD, on his project, "Infusing MEMs as Protection From Radiation Injury and GVHD."
  • Carol Diamond, MD, received a 2014 UW Health Patient Experience Champion Award, which recognizes Avatar survey scores that are in the top 5% of all UW Health physicians.
  • Matthew Wolf, an undergraduate student mentored by Mario Otto, MD, PhD, received a 2014-2015 Wisconsin Hilldale Undergraduate/Faculty Research Fellowship for his project, “Neuroblastoma Tumor Cell Clearance After CLR1404 Treatment.”
  • Jacob Goldberg, a medical student in the laboratory of Paul Sondel, MD, PhD, received a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Research Fellowship for his project, "Description and Characterization of Endogenous Antibodies Found in Some Cancer Patients That are Capable of Recognizing Various Monoclonal Antibodies used in Cancer Immunotherapy."
  • Resident Zachary Morris, MD, PhD, received a $25,000 grant from the American Society of Radiation Oncology for his project, "Engaging Antibody-Dependent Cell-Mediated Cytotoxicity to Augment the Synergy of radiation and T-cell Checkpoint Inhibition." This preclinical project will be carried out in the laboratory of Paul Sondel, MD, PhD, with collaboration from the radiobiology lab of Paul Harari, MD.
  • U.S. News & World Report named the division one of the top 50 pediatric cancer divisions in the country.




Paul M. Sondel, MD, PhD

Professor and Division Chief

Christian M. Capitini, MD

Assistant Professor

Kenneth B. DeSantes, MD

Professor (CHS)

Carol A. Diamond, MD

Associate Professor (CHS)

Margo L. Hoover-Regan, MD

Assistant Professor (CHS)

Mario Otto, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Neha J. Patel, MD

Assistant Professor (CHS)

Diane M. Puccetti, MD

Associate Professor (CHS)


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