Victor Aquino, M.D.

  • Pediatrics - Hematology-Oncology
  • Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant
  • Pediatric Cellular Therapy


Victor Aquino, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplant, pediatric cellular therapy, and pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplant for immunodeficiency.

Dr. Aquino earned his medical degree and completed a residency in pediatrics at SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, New York. He gained advanced training through a fellowship in pediatric hematology and oncology and bone marrow transplant at UT Southwestern, where he served as Chief Fellow. He received additional bone marrow transplant fellowship training at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, Washington.

Certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in pediatrics and pediatric hematology and oncology, he joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 1995.

Dr. Aquino serves as Director of the Pediatric Stem Cell Collection Center at Children's Medical Center Dallas. He is a member of several committees at Children’s and UT Southwestern, serving as Chair of both the Radiation Safety Committee and the Institutional Review Board IV.

He has contributed to numerous research projects and clinical trials focused on the prevention and management of infection in children with cancer who are receiving chemotherapy and those who undergo hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. His interests include immune reconstitution, management of infections, and developing protocols for outpatient management of febrile neutropenia. He is actively involved in the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Consortium and the Children’s Oncology Group and has served as a principal investigator on studies for both groups.

Dr. Aquino has delivered scores of presentations, contributed to the books Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplantation, Principles and Practice of Pediatric Oncology, and Essentials of Pediatric Intensive Care, and published numerous academic articles related to his areas of expertise.

He serves as Associate Editor for Frontiers in Pediatrics and as a reviewer for several other journals. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and a member of several other professional organizations, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Society of Hematology, and the Society for Pediatric Research.

Personal Note

When he’s not at work, Dr. Aquino enjoys running, cooking, and traveling.

Education & Training
  • Medical School - State University of New York - Syracuse (1987-1989)
  • Residency - State University of New York Upstate Medical University (1989-1992), Pediatrics
  • Fellowship - UT Southwestern/Children's Medical Center (1992-1995), Pediatric Hematology/oncology
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • American Society of Hematology
  • Dallas County Medical Society
  • Society for Pediatric Research
  • Texas Medical Association
Books & Publications
  • Development of treatment strategies to manage the complications of stem cell transplant and chemotherapy
  • Management of bacterial and fungal infections in children with malignancies
  • Outpatient management of febrile neutropenia in selected patients with cancer
  • Phase I and II trials of new chemotherapeutic agents in children with cancer
  • Development of stem cell transplant protocols for children with malignant and nonmalignant disorders

Clinical Focus

  • Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant
  • Pediatric Cellular Therapy
  • Pediatric Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant for Immunodeficiency

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