About the Division
The UC Division of Hematology Oncology was founded in 1948 by Richard Vilter, MD, as the Hematology Division of the Department of Internal Medicine when few similar divisions existed in the United States. In 1976, the Division was combined to include both disciplines of Hematology and Medical Oncology.
Over the last 5 years Division has seen tremendous growth, the size of our faculty has been increasing at an unprecedented pace. Some of these faculty members have a primary focus on providing state-of-the-art clinical care to patients while others have a primary focus on clinical, translational or basic research in blood diseases and/or cancer. All faculty members contribute to advancing the field in different ways, either through leading clinical trials, enrolling patients in clinical trials, conducting fundamental laboratory research or educating the next generation of leaders in the field.
Our faculty work closely and collaboratively with other faculty in our Academic Health Center in multidisciplinary clinics, tumor boards, and academically focused, disease-based groups. Collaborative units within the Academic Health Center include; pathology, surgical oncology, radiation oncology, the Hoxworth Blood Center, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center (Hematology Oncology Unit), the UC Health Barrett Center, several basic science departments of the College of Medicine and the hematology oncology section of Cincinnati Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center.
The laboratory research programs of the Division of Hematology Oncology are also in a phase of rapid expansion. The breadth of these fundamental research programs is truly remarkable. Examples of the areas of research focus in the Division include, research on the cell cycle and DNA repair, mTOR signaling in cancer, proteasome biology in multiple myeloma, immunotherapy of lung and head and neck cancer, nanoparticle therapeutics, prostate cancer, sickle cell disease, tissue factor in blood coagulation and cancer metabolics of cancer cells, and the biology of primary and metastatic brain tumors. For more information on our current laboratory activites, check out our Research Activities.