Paul M. Sondel
MD, PhD

  • Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Paul M. Sondel, MD, PhD

About

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.

Languages spoken
  • English
University affiliation
  • Department of Pediatrics

Practice locations

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  • American Family Children's Hospital - Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
    • 1675 Highland Ave. / Madison, WI
    • (608) 263-6420
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Education & credentials

Board certifications
  • Pediatrics
Medical School
  • Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Fellowships

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

Residencies
  • University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Internships
  • University of Minnesota Affiliated Hospitals, Minneapolis, MN

Specialties

  • Chemotherapy
  • Bone Marrow Biopsy
  • Lumbar Puncture
  • Immunotherapy

Research and publications

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](https://genetics.wisc.edu/staff/sondel-paul/) | [Sondel Laboratory](http://www.pediatrics.wisc.edu/research/research-groups/sondel/)