Christian Capitini, MD

  • Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Christian M. Capitini, MD


Dr. Christian Capitini is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He is presently the Director of Clinical Innovation for the UW Forward BIO Institute. He is an American Cancer Society Research Scholar and a Young Investigator on a Pediatric Cancer Dream Team sponsored by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and Stand up to Cancer. 

Dr. Capitini leads an NIH and NSF-supported laboratory focusing on development of cell-based therapies, including NK cells and CAR T-cells, for the treatment of childhood cancers like neuroblastoma and osteosarcoma. The laboratory also manufactures alternatively activated macrophages for complications of bone marrow transplant, like graft-versus-host-disease and acute radiation syndrome. In the clinic, Dr. Capitini was a site Principal Investigator for the first multi-center CAR T-cell trial, which led to FDA approval of tisagenlecleucel (Kymriah) for the treatment of recurrent/refractory B cell leukemia in children. He remains a site PI for trials testing Kymriah as upfront therapy for high risk B cell leukemias and for treatment of relapsed non-Hodgkin lymphoma.

Languages spoken
  • English
  • Spanish
University affiliation

Education & credentials

Board certifications
  • Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Medical School
  • University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, The Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, MD and National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD

  • University of Minnesota Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN


Additional conditions and treatments
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy
  • Chemotherapy
  • Immunotherapy
  • Lumbar Puncture
  • Pediatric Bleeding Disorders
  • Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant