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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Paul Sondel, M.D., Ph.D. is the Reed and Carolee Walker Professor in Pediatric Oncology at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. 
Dr. Sondel, a Milwaukee native, completed undergraduate and graduate education at UW-Madison leading to a Ph.D. in Genetics (1975), with guidance from Bone Marrow Transplant pioneer, Fritz Bach, M.D. He received his M.D. magna cum laude in 1977 from Harvard Medical School, while beginning his research in tumor immunology. Following pediatric residency training at the Universities of Minnesota and Wisconsin, he joined the faculty of UW-Madison in 1980 in the Departments of Pediatrics, Human Oncology and Genetics. He was promoted to professor in 1987, and became leader of the UW Carbone Cancer Center's Program in Immunology and Immunotherapy in 1990, when he also became Head of the Division of Pediatric Oncology.
Dr. Sondel has been a leader in scientific policy through multiple national committee roles, including The National Institutes of Health, The American Cancer Society, The Children's Oncology Group (COG), The National Cancer Institute, where he was a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors, and St. Jude's Children’s Research Hospital, where he was the Chair of their Scientific Advisory Committee and is now chair of their cancer center's external advisory board.
Clinically, he has worked with COG in contributing to the progress of the past 30 years in the development of curative treatments for childhood cancers. He is devoted to his own patients, and committed to leading a multidisciplinary team that is providing comprehensive and compassionate, state of the art treatment for all childhood cancer and hematology patients at the University of Wisconsin.


Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Adrenocortical carcinoma

Aplastic Anemia



Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid tumor

Bone Marrow Biopsy

Brain Stem Glioma

CAR T-cell Therapy (Pediatric)


Chronic Myeloid Leukemia

Congenital Hemolytic Anemias


Cyclic Neutropenia

Diamond-Blackfan Syndrome

Endocrine Tumors


Ewing Sarcoma

Fanconi's Anemia

Germ Cell Tumors

Hemophagocytic Lymphohistiocytosis

Hemophilia A

Hemophilia B


Hereditary Spherocytosis

Hodgkin's Disease

I-131 MIBG (Metaiodobenzylguadine)

Immune Thrombocytopenc Purpura


Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia

Kostmann Syndrome

Langerhans' Cell Histiocytosis

Lumbar Puncture


Myelodysplastic Syndromes



Neurocutaneous Syndrome


Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas

Optic Glioma


Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria

Pediatric Cancer

Pediatric Sickle Cell Disease




Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome

Sturge-Weber Syndrome

Thalassemia Syndromes


Thyroid Tumors

Tuberous Sclerosis

Vascular malformations

Von Willebrand Disease

VonHippel-Lindau Disease

Wilms Tumor


American Family Children's Hospital
(608) 263-6420 | (800) 323-8942 | Map

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Pediatrics

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Pediatrics

Pediatric Oncology, Midwest Children's Cancer Center at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

Residency University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Internship University of Minnesota Affiliated Hospitals, Minneapolis, MN
Medical School Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.
Dr. Sondel's research has emphasized the translation of laboratory innovations into clinical progress. His laboratory has pursued the biology of graft-versus-leukemia reactions, activation of anti-tumor immune destruction with Interleukin-2 and the use of tumor reactive monoclonal antibodies to facilitate tumor killing by lymphocytes. These studies have all moved into clinical testing led by Dr. Sondel at UW, and in national studies he has led through the Children’s Oncology Group (COG).

He has published more than 360 scientific articles and chapters, and his laboratory has provided training for 58 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.

Learn more about Dr. Sondel's research: UW-Madison Department of Genetics | Sondel Laboratory

PubMed Articles
Pearson ADJ Rossig C Lesa G Diede SJ Weiner S Anderson J Gray J Geoerger B Minard-Colin V Marshall LV Smith M Sondel P Bajars M Baldazzi C Barry E Blackman S Blanc P Capdeville R Caron H Cole PD Jiménez JC Demolis P Donoghue M Elgadi M Gajewski T Galluzzo S Ilaria R Jr Jenkner A Karres D Kieran M Ligas F Lowy I Meyers M Oprea C Peddareddigari VGR Sterba J Stockman PK Suenaert P Tabori U van Tilburg C Yancey T Weigel B Norga K Reaman G Vassal G ACCELERATE and European Medicines Agency Paediatric Strategy Forum for medicinal product development of checkpoint inhibitors for use in combination therapy in paediatric patients. Eur J Cancer . 2020 Mar;127:52-66
[PubMed ID: 31986450]
Voeller J Erbe AK Slowinski J Rasmussen K Carlson PM Hoefges A VandenHeuvel S Stuckwisch A Wang X Gillies SD Patel RB Farrel A Rokita JL Maris J Hank JA Morris ZS Rakhmilevich AL Sondel PM Combined innate and adaptive immunotherapy overcomes resistance of immunologically cold syngeneic murine neuroblastoma to checkpoint inhibition. J Immunother Cancer . 2019 Dec 6;7(1):344
[PubMed ID: 31810498]
Furman WL Federico SM McCarville MB Shulkin BL Davidoff AM Krasin MJ Sahr N Sykes A Wu J Brennan RC Bishop MW Helmig S Stewart E Navid F Triplett B Santana VM Bahrami A Anthony G Yu AL Hank J Gillies SD Sondel PM Leung WH Pappo AS A Phase II Trial of Hu14.18K322A in Combination with Induction Chemotherapy in Children with Newly Diagnosed High-Risk Neuroblastoma. Clin Cancer Res . 2019 Nov 1;25(21):6320-6328
[PubMed ID: 31601569]
Shusterman S Naranjo A Van Ryn C Hank JA Parisi MT Shulkin BL Servaes S London WB Shimada H Gan J Gillies SD Maris JM Park JR Sondel PM Antitumor Activity and Tolerability of hu14.18-IL2 with GMCSF and Isotretinoin in Recurrent or Refractory Neuroblastoma: A Children's Oncology Group Phase II Study. Clin Cancer Res . 2019 Oct 15;25(20):6044-6051
[PubMed ID: 31358541]
Voeller J Sondel PM Advances in Anti-GD2 Immunotherapy for Treatment of High-risk Neuroblastoma. J Pediatr Hematol Oncol . 2019 Apr;41(3):163-169
[PubMed ID: 30897608]
Erbe AK Wang W Carmichael L Hoefges A Grzywacz B Reville PK Ranheim EA Hank JA Kim K Seo S Mendonca EA Song Y Kenkre VP Hong F Gascoyne RD Paietta E Horning SJ Miller JS Kahl B Sondel PM Follicular lymphoma patients with KIR2DL2 and KIR3DL1 and their ligands (HLA-C1 and HLA-Bw4) show improved outcome when receiving rituximab. J Immunother Cancer . 2019 Mar 12;7(1):70
[PubMed ID: 30871628]
Felder M Kapur A Rakhmilevich AL Qu X Sondel PM Gillies SD Connor J Patankar MS MUC16 suppresses human and murine innate immune responses. Gynecol Oncol . 2019 Mar;152(3):618-628
[PubMed ID: 30626487]
Hernandez R Walker KL Grudzinski JJ Aluicio-Sarduy E Patel R Zahm CD Pinchuk AN Massey CF Bitton AN Brown RJ Sondel PM Morris ZS Engle JW Capitini CM Weichert JP <sup>90</sup>Y-NM600 targeted radionuclide therapy induces immunologic memory in syngeneic models of T-cell Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma. Commun Biol . 2019;2:79
[PubMed ID: 30820474]
Ayuso JM Truttschel R Gong MM Humayun M Virumbrales-Munoz M Vitek R Felder M Gillies SD Sondel P Wisinski KB Patankar M Beebe DJ Skala MC Evaluating natural killer cell cytotoxicity against solid tumors using a microfluidic model. Oncoimmunology . 2019;8(3):1553477
[PubMed ID: 30723584]
Graul-Conroy A Hoover-Regan M DeSantes KB Sondel PM Callander NS Longo WL Fahl WE Reduction in oral mucositis severity using a topical vasoconstrictor: A case report of three bone marrow transplant patients. Integr Cancer Sci Ther . 2018 Dec;5(6)
[PubMed ID: 31832233]
Wei JS Kuznetsov IB Zhang S Song YK Asgharzadeh S Sindiri S Wen X Patidar R Najaraj S Walton A Auvil JMG Gerhard DS Yuksel A Catchpoole D Hewitt SM Sondel PM Seeger R Maris JM Khan J Clinically Relevant Cytotoxic Immune Cell Signatures and Clonal Expansion of T-Cell Receptors in High-Risk <i>MYCN</i>-Not-Amplified Human Neuroblastoma. Clin Cancer Res . 2018 Nov 15;24(22):5673-5684
[PubMed ID: 29784674]
Albertini MR Yang RK Ranheim EA Hank JA Zuleger CL Weber S Neuman H Hartig G Weigel T Mahvi D Henry MB Quale R McFarland T Gan J Carmichael L Kim K Loibner H Gillies SD Sondel PM Pilot trial of the hu14.18-IL2 immunocytokine in patients with completely resectable recurrent stage III or stage IV melanoma. Cancer Immunol Immunother . 2018 Oct;67(10):1647-1658
[PubMed ID: 30073390]
Ozkaynak MF Gilman AL London WB Naranjo A Diccianni MB Tenney SC Smith M Messer KS Seeger R Reynolds CP Smith LM Shulkin BL Parisi M Maris JM Park JR Sondel PM Yu AL Corrigendum: A Comprehensive Safety Trial of Chimeric Antibody 14.18 With GM-CSF, IL-2, and Isotretinoin in High-Risk Neuroblastoma Patients Following Myeloablative Therapy: Children's Oncology Group Study ANBL0931. Front Immunol . 2018;9:1641
[PubMed ID: 30046297]
Morris ZS Guy EI Werner LR Carlson PM Heinze CM Kler JS Busche SM Jaquish AA Sriramaneni RN Carmichael LL Loibner H Gillies SD Korman AJ Erbe AK Hank JA Rakhmilevich AL Harari PM Sondel PM Tumor-Specific Inhibition of <i>In Situ</i> Vaccination by Distant Untreated Tumor Sites. Cancer Immunol Res . 2018 Jul;6(7):825-834
[PubMed ID: 29748391]
Ozkaynak MF Gilman AL London WB Naranjo A Diccianni MB Tenney SC Smith M Messer KS Seeger R Reynolds CP Smith LM Shulkin BL Parisi M Maris JM Park JR Sondel PM Yu AL A Comprehensive Safety Trial of Chimeric Antibody 14.18 With GM-CSF, IL-2, and Isotretinoin in High-Risk Neuroblastoma Patients Following Myeloablative Therapy: Children's Oncology Group Study ANBL0931. Front Immunol . 2018;9:1355
[PubMed ID: 29967609]
Perez Horta Z Saseedhar S Rakhmilevich AL Carmichael L Hank JA Boyden M Gillies SD Sondel PM Human and murine IL2 receptors differentially respond to the human-IL2 component of immunocytokines. Oncoimmunology . 2019;8(6):e1238538
[PubMed ID: 31069147]
Bristow RG Alexander B Baumann M Bratman SV Brown JM Camphausen K Choyke P Citrin D Contessa JN Dicker A Kirsch DG Krause M Le QT Milosevic M Morris ZS Sarkaria JN Sondel PM Tran PT Wilson GD Willers H Wong RKS Harari PM Combining precision radiotherapy with molecular targeting and immunomodulatory agents: a guideline by the American Society for Radiation Oncology. Lancet Oncol . 2018 May;19(5):e240-e251
[PubMed ID: 29726389]
Miller JS Morishima C McNeel DG Patel MR Kohrt HEK Thompson JA Sondel PM Wakelee HA Disis ML Kaiser JC Cheever MA Streicher H Creekmore SP Waldmann TA Conlon KC A First-in-Human Phase I Study of Subcutaneous Outpatient Recombinant Human IL15 (rhIL15) in Adults with Advanced Solid Tumors. Clin Cancer Res . 2018 Apr 1;24(7):1525-1535
[PubMed ID: 29203590]
Erbe AK Wang W Carmichael L Kim K Mendonça EA Song Y Hess D Reville PK London WB Naranjo A Hank JA Diccianni MB Reisfeld RA Gillies SD Matthay KK Cohn SL Hogarty MD Maris JM Park JR Ozkaynak MF Gilman AL Yu AL Sondel PM Neuroblastoma Patients' KIR and KIR-Ligand Genotypes Influence Clinical Outcome for Dinutuximab-based Immunotherapy: A Report from the Children's Oncology Group. Clin Cancer Res . 2018 Jan 1;24(1):189-196
[PubMed ID: 28972044]
Ascierto PA Agarwala SS Ciliberto G Demaria S Dummer R Duong CPM Ferrone S Formenti SC Garbe C Halaban R Khleif S Luke JJ Mir LM Overwijk WW Postow M Puzanov I Sondel P Taube JM Thor Straten P Stroncek DF Wargo JA Zarour H Thurin M Future perspectives in melanoma research "Melanoma Bridge", Napoli, November 30th-3rd December 2016. J Transl Med . 2017 Nov 16;15(1):236
[PubMed ID: 29145885]