Division of Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation

  • Committed to providing the highest quality care based on cutting edge research to patients with cancer or non-malignant hematologic diseases such as sickle cell disease

  • Dedicated to advancing research on the biological underpinnings of cancer, stem cell biology, sickle cell anemia, endothelial cell biology, and tumor immunology

  • Over 50 full-time academic investigators involved in interdisciplinary research and patient care are devoted to training the next generation of academic leaders

Division Chief

Dr. Weisdorf, Division Director for HOT

Daniel Weisdorf, MD


Greg Vercellotti, MD, FACP, received a five-year, $2.3 million T32 grant from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). This renewal of the T32 grant continues the support of the Hematology Research Training Program at the University of Minnesota, a specialized research training program designed to train physicians and scientists for careers in academic medicine and hematology-related research. Now in its 40th year, the Hematology Research Training Program is one of the longest-running, continuously funded training programs supported by the NHLBI and has provided training to more than 120 hematology research scientists since 1976. The initial program was directed by Harry Jacob, M.D., who led the program from 1976 to 1999. The program was subsequently directed by Robert Hebbel, M.D. (2000-2007) and is now directed by Greg Vercellotti, M.D. (2008-present). Although the program has evolved considerably during the past 40 years, the foundation on which the program was built remains the same: identify, recruit, and train successful hematology investigators. Trainees who became successful researchers and international leaders in hematology at the University of Minnesota include Robert Hebbel (1976), Wesley Miller (1978), Daniel Weisdorf (1980), Greg Vercellotti (1980), Arne Slungaard (1981), Kathleen Watson (1982), Jeffrey Miller (1987), Edward Greeno (1989), and Mark Reding (1996). Recent trainees who are rising stars and now on the faculty at the University of Minnesota include Troy Lund (2002), Sarah Cooley (2004), Mark Klein (2004), Veronika Bachanova (2005), Manish Patel (2007), Anne Blaes (2007), Naomi Fujioka (2008), Gautam Jha (2009), Zohar Sachs (2010), Craig Eckfeldt (2010), Frank Cichocki (2010), Martin Felices (2011), and Fatima Khan (2013). Many other trainees are successfully pursuing research careers as leaders in hematology at regional, national, and international academic institutions and in industry, thanks in part to the Hematology Research Training Program and its continued funding by NHLBI. We are delighted to congratulate Dr. Vercellotti on having been awarded a T32 grant to support the Hematology Research Training Program in years 41-45 of the grant and the efforts of its faculty and staff to train the next generation of hematology investigators. May 2017