James LaBelle, MD, PhD

UChicago Faculty Physicians

James LaBelle, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics Director, Pediatric Stem Cell and Cellular Therapy Program

James LaBelle, MD, PhD, provides care for children of all ages with cancer and blood diseases, including leukemia and lymphoma. In particular, Dr. LaBelle specializes in stem cell transplantation, replacing a patient's diseased bone marrow and immune system with healthy cells.

Dr. LaBelle's laboratory research focuses on understanding at a molecular level the reason why some pediatric cancers are resistant to therapy. He currently serves as the primary investigator on a study examining a critical network of proteins that regulate whether a malignant cell lives or dies. The normal signaling between these proteins often is disturbed in cancerous cells. Through this research, he hopes to identify novel cell death regulatory mechanisms in resistant hematopoietic malignancies and design effective strategies to overcome them. Dr. LaBelle's research is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health.

A dedicated mentor, Dr. LaBelle also received special recognition for teaching medical students, residents, and fellows about pediatric hematology, oncology and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

Board Certifications

  • Pediatric Hematology and Oncology

Memberships & Medical Societies

  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • American Society of Hematology
  • American Society of Transplantation and Cellular Therapy

Practicing Since

  • 2006

Languages Spoken

  • English

Medical Education

  • Medical College of Wisconsin


  • Children's Hospital Boston


  • Children's Hospital Boston

Other Grad Education

  • University of Wisconsin,PhD

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At the Forefront Live: Childhood Cancers

UChicago Medicine pediatric oncologists James LaBelle, MD, PhD, and Jennifer McNeer, MD, discuss the advances in cancer treatments and care for teens and young adults with cancer. Plus a special visit from a patient and first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

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