Innovative cancer researcher joins Phoenix Children’s


“Phoenix Children’s has a long-standing reputation for clinical excellence and first-class pediatric care and we welcome you Mario Otto to our growing team of renowned researchers, “said Phoenix Children’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Jared Münzer. “By leveraging their expertise in conjunction with the excellent clinical team, here at Phoenix Children’s we can advance new therapies and technologies that will bring great results for children with cancer in the decades to come.”

As a highly decorated researcher, Dr. Otto focuses his research on two main areas: the use of novel targeted agents to fight cancer while limiting toxicity to healthy tissues and modifying the immune system through stem cell selection techniques.

“Phoenix Children’s has a long history of clinical excellence,” said Phoenix Children’s CEO Robert L. Meyer. “This has made us a coveted target for doctors of all disciplines. With the inclusion of Dr. Otto and his colleagues, we are also consolidating our reputation for innovative and life-saving research.”

Among other things, Dr. Otto use his work knowledge to advance the translational research that can transform children’s lives today. He will lead a team of more than 130 faculties and staff and oversee more than 165 existing research studies, including Phase I and II studies of drugs used to treat acute leukemia, solid tumors, lymphoma, hemophilia, and sickle cell anemia. Through CCBD, Phoenix Children’s is a member of several consortia aimed at advancing the treatment of childhood cancer, including the Children’s Oncology Group, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium, Beat Childhood Cancer, and others. Phoenix Children’s is also a lead hospital in the Consortium for Experimental Therapeutics for Pediatric Oncology.

In addition, Dr. Otto will take over the Doris S. Norton Endowed Professorship for Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation.

Most recently, Dr. Otto as Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and public health. He completed his MD and PhD training in Germany. During his training, Dr. Otto by Dr. Rupert Handgretinger, a leading international provider of new technologies to improve the safety of stem cell transplants. In collaboration with Dr. Handgretinger has Dr. Otto contributed to developing a type of cell selection that is now widely used around the world.

After his pediatric specialist training in Germany, Dr. Otto came to the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. He then completed his pediatric specialist training in the USA at Akron Children’s Hospital in Ohio, then returned to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for a clinical fellowship in Pediatric Hematology and Oncology.

In addition to numerous grants for his research, Dr. Otto has been honored with prizes from the American Association of Immunologists, the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer and the Hyundai Hope On Wheels Pediatric Cancer Foundation, among others. He is an active member of research and medical groups including Children’s Oncology Group, American Association for Cancer Research, German Society for Pediatric Oncology and Hematology, American Society of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, European Society for Pediatric Oncology, American Association of Immunologists, International Society for Pediatric Oncology and Society for Cancer Immunotherapy.

About Phoenix children
Phoenix Children’s is one of the largest pediatric health systems in the country. It includes Phoenix Children’s Hospital – Main Campus, Phoenix Children’s Hospital – East Valley at Dignity Health Mercy Gilbert Medical Center, four pediatric specialty and emergency centers, 11 group pediatric practices, 20 outpatient departments, two outpatient surgery centers, and six community service-affiliated outpatient departments in total state Arizona. The system has provided first-class inpatient, outpatient, trauma, emergency and emergency care for children and families for more than 35 years. The Phoenix Children’s Care Network comprises more than 850 primary care providers and specialists who provide care in more than 75 specialties. Further information is available at

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