Craig Eckfeldt, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation

Craig Eckfeldt

Contact Info

Mailing Address:
420 Delaware Street SE
MMC 480
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Administrative Assistant Name
Heidi Lawson

Administrative Phone

Administrative Email

Medical School, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Residency, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

Fellowship, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

PhD, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN


Dr. Craig Eckfeldt graduated from the University of Minnesota’s Combined M.D./Ph.D. Program with a Ph.D. in Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology (advisor: Catherine Verfaillie, M.D.) in 2005 and an M.D. in Internal Medicine in 2007. He received the Minnesota Medical Foundation J. Thomas Livermore Award in 2005 and was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society in 2006. Dr. Eckfeldt is a graduate of the fellowship program in Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation at the University of Minnesota. He joined the Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation faculty in July 2013.

Awards & Recognition

  • American Cancer Society Mentored Research Scholar 2019-present
  • Mpls/St Paul Magazine – Top Doctors Rising Star 2015-2017
  • European Hematology Association/American Society of Hematology
  • Translational Research Training in Hematology (TRTH) Award 2013
  • Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Society 2006
  • International Society for Experimental Hematology -
  • T. Ray Bradley Bradley New Investigator Award 2004

Professional Associations

  • American Association for Cancer Research (2013-present)
  • American Society of Hematology (2010-present)


Research Summary/Interests

Developing novel targeted and immune therapy approaches for acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The goal of the research in our lab is to investigate the genetics and signaling pathways that drive acute myeloid leukemia (AML) to provide a foundation for the development of novel targeted and immune treatment approaches for AML. Our research is focused on identifying the critical pathways that drive AML growth and survival, evaluating the effects of targeted therapies in preclinical cancer models, and studying how targeted therapies influence the susceptibility of cancer cells to immune therapies such as Natural Killer (NK) cell immunotherapy, an area of institutional expertise. We utilize cutting edge molecular genetic techniques and genetically engineered and humanized mouse models including patient-derived AML xenografts for our preclinical studies. Ultimately, we aim to translate our findings to human clinical trials for cancer patients.



  • Cancer
  • Hematology/Oncology

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine
  • Hematology

Clinical Interests

Blood Cancers; Acute Leukemia; AML; MDS; Novel Therapies