Birte Wistinghausen

Birte Wistinghausen, MD



Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Pediatrics

Dr. Birte Wistinghausen is the Clinical Director of the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, and Assistant Professor of Hematology/Oncology at The Mount Sinai School of Medicine. 

Dr. Wistinghausen earned her medical degree at Christian-Albrecht Universitat Kiel in 1993. After a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Dr. Margaret Karpatkin describing a novel mutation leading to factor IX deficiency she went on to complete an internship and a residency in Pediatrics at New York University Medical Center in New York.  She completed her fellowship in pediatric hematology-oncology at New York University Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital and received her first faculty appointment at New York University Medical Center.

As Clinical Director of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, Dr. Wistinghausen specializes in diagnosing and treating pediatric patients with leukemia, lymphoma, Langerhans cell histiocytosis and pediatric solid tumors as well as treating selected benign hematological problems of childhood such as ITP, hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) and hematological complications of solid organ transplantation.  Dr. Wistinghausen’s research interests focus on clinical and translational research in non-Hodgkin lymphoma and post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease (PTLD). She currently serves as the institutional principal investigator for the Children’s Oncology Group and is a member of the NHL committee of the Children’s Oncology Committee where she has been appointed to spearhead the clinical research for B-lymphoblastic lymphoma in childhood and to develop a new national clinical and translational research protocol for the treatment of post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease with cellular based therapies. Dr. Wistinghausen has published articles about factor XI deficiency, hematological complications of solid organ transplantation, HLH and PTLD.


Pediatric Hematology & Oncology

American Board of Pediatrics

Clinical Focus

  • Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL)
  • Acute myelogenous leukemia (AML)
  • Ewing Sarcoma
  • Osteogenic sarcoma
  • Pediatric brain tumors
  • Post transplant lymphoproliferative disease (PTLD)
  • Wilms tumor


MD, Christian-Albrecht Universitat

Residency, Pediatrics, Bellevue Hospital Center

Fellowship, Pediatrics/Hemo/Onc., Bellevue Hospital Center