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Meet the Chief: Dr. Damiano Rondelli


Damiano Rondelli is the Michael Reese Professor of Hematology. In 2002 he left the oldest university of the world, in Bologna- Italy, to join UIC. The interest for translational research in stem cell transplant took him to Chicago. Since 2012, he is the Division Chief. He has established pre-clinical studies on the interaction between T cells and stem cells, and clinical transplant studies for patients with leukemia, myeloma, myelofibrosis and sickle cell disease. In addition he has initiated Global Health projects in HemOnc in Nepal, India, Nigeria and Cuba, supporting BMT in developing countries. Over 120 peer reviewed papers, multiple book chapters, but also (his main hobby) a book on the history of medical disciplines.

The goal of the Division of Hematology and Oncology is to be the academic environment where the current exciting discoveries on gene sequencing, anti-cancer immunotherapies, gene therapy, innovative methods to transplant stem cells across compatibility, can be offered to any patient. Therefore, the Division will continue to develop multidisciplinary research and clinical teams that can focus on patients by studying: causes of diseases, integrated multi-approach treatments, and factors impacting survivorship.

The Division of Hematology/Oncology will continue to promote innovative laboratory research projects as well as investigator-initiated clinical trials in cancer through a close collaboration with the UI Cancer Center, and in non-malignant disorders, especially Sickle Cell Anemia.