Paul Sondel, MD, PhD

Paul Sondel, MD, PhD


Department of Human Oncology

I am the Reed and Carolee Walker Professor of Pediatric Oncology. I grew up in Milwaukee and earned undergraduate and doctoral degrees in genetics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison with guidance from bone marrow transplant pioneer Dr. Fritz Bach. I received my medical degree magna cum laude in 1977 from Harvard Medical School, where I began my research in tumor immunology. Following pediatric residencies in at the University of Minnesota and the University of Wisconsin, I joined the UW faculty in 1980 in the Departments of Pediatrics, Human Oncology and Genetics.

The Sondel Laboratory pursues basic, preclinical and clinical mechanisms to induce in vivo activated innate immune effector cells to provide anti-tumor benefit.

I have led scientific policy through multiple roles at the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society, the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), the National Cancer Institute and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

I have worked with COG to develop curative treatments for childhood cancers. I am devoted to my 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.


MD, Harvard Medical School, (1977)

PhD, University of Wisconsin–Madison, Genetics (1975)

Contact Information

Paul Sondel, MD, PhD

4159 Wi Institute Medical Research,
1111 Highland Avenue
Madison, WI 53705