Christopher L. Moertel

Professor, Fellowship Program Director Pediatric Neuro-Oncology, Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
Faculty, Department of Pediatrics
Medical Director, Pediatric Neuro-Oncology and Neurofibromatosis Programs
Co-Medical Director, Katie Hageboeck Children's Cancer Research Fund Clinic
Clinical Neuro-Oncology Leader, Brain Tumor Program
The Kenneth and Betty Jayne Dahlberg Professor, University of Minnesota School of Medicine
Pediatric Neuro-Oncologist


Christopher Moertel is the Kenneth and Betty Jayne Dahlberg Professor of Pediatrics in the University of Minnesota School of Medicine. He is the Medical Director of the  Katie Hageboeck Children's Cancer Research Fund Clinic and leads the Pediatric Brain Tumor Program and the Comprehensive Neurofibromatosis Clinic. Dr. Moertel joined the University of Minnesota in 2007. Prior to that time, he was the lead physician of the Theodora Lang Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic at Children's Hospital, St. Paul. He served in multiple leadership roles at Children's Hospitals of Minnesota, including Chief of Staff. Dr. Moertel's research interests include treatment of Neurofibromatosis-associated neoplasia, targeted therapy of pediatric brain tumors and immunotherapy of high grade glioma. He has sponsored at least 5 INDs and has conducted multiple investigator-initiated clinical trials. He has research collaborations in cancer genomics, cancer immunotherapy and cancer epidemiology, with a goal of bringing cutting edge discovery from the bench to the bedside. He has spoken at national and international medical conferences and participates in multiple national and international cooperative groups. Dr. Moertel also leads the pediatric neuro-oncology fellowship with the goal of educating future translational experts in neurofibromatosis and/or pediatric brain tumors.

Clinical Summary

Pediatric neuro-oncology; Rare pediatric tumors; Neurofibromatosis-associated neoplasia; Therapy of children with brain and spinal cord tumors


MD, University of Minnesota Medical School, Minneapolis, MN

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Residency in Pediatrics,
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas, United States
Fellowship in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology,
Mayo Clinic/Mayo Graduate School of Medicine
Rochester, Minnesota, United States

Licensures and Certifications

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, American Board of Pediatrics

Honors and Recognition

M Physicians Clinical Excellence Honor, M Physicians (2022)
Best Doctors in America®
Minnesota Monthly “Top Doctors”, Minnesota Monthly Magazine
Minneapolis - St. Paul “Top Doctors”, Minneapolis - St. Paul Magazine (2023)
Team Science Award, Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota



Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
MMC 484
420 Delaware St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Contact

Lynn Levercom Wodziak
Administrative Phone: 612-626-2602
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