Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D.
Albert D. and Eva J. Corniea Chair
Director, Stem Cell/Gene Therapies
Department of Pediatric Blood &
Q&A With Dr. Tolar
What words of advice do you have for families and patients considering blood or marrow transplantation?
Dr. Tolar: Learn as much as you can about your child's disease so that you can ask many questions. Speak directly with the physicians at large transplant centers that have long-term experience with transplant therapy of the specific disorder.
Why should families choose the pediatric BMT program at the University of Minnesota?
Dr. Tolar: Pediatric BMT center in Minnesota has the longest track record with successful transplants in the world. It remains one of the largest in the world, but uniquely and more importantly, the clinicians here are continuously introducing new treatments that can be of a life-long benefit to your child.
About Dr. Tolar
Dr. Tolar is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Minnesota in the Division of Hematology-Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation.
He received his M.D. from Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic, and his Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Genetics from the University of Minnesota. He completed a residency in Pediatrics and a fellowship in hematology/oncology and bone marrow transplantation at the University of Minnesota. He is board certified in Pediatrics and Hematology/Oncology.
Dr. Tolar's research focuses on biology of the adult stem cell, non-viral gene therapy treatments for congenital disorders and stem cell gene therapy.
Honors & Awards
- 1990 Magna Cum Laude, 1st Medical School, Charles University
- 1990 Academic Achievement Award of the Chancellor
- 1995 National Cancer Institute Award
- 2002 Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Post-Doctoral Fellowship of the Amy Strelzer Manasevit Scholars Program
- 2003 Masonic Dietz Family Award
- 2003 Margaret Kendrick Hostetter MD Award for Research in Pediatric Subspeciality Training (1st place Fellow Research Symposium)
- 2003 American Society of Clinical Oncology Young Investigator Award
- 2003-2005 NIH/NICHD Child Health Research Scholar
- 2005 University Pediatrics Foundation Scholar
- 2005-present Society of Pediatric Research (elected member)
- 2006-2010 American Heart Association, Scientist Development Award
- 2009 Butterfly Award, Children's Cancer Research Fund
- 2010 Top Doctors 2010, Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine