Samir K. Ballas, MD

Contact Dr. Ballas

1015 Walnut Street
Suite 320
Philadelphia, PA 19107

(215) 955-5266 (Voice box 9-8686)
(215) 955-9170 fax

Research and Clinical Interests

Dr. Ballas's laboratory has focused on studying the effects of the genetic features of sickle cell syndromes (α-genotype and β-haplotypes) on the cellular and clinical expression of the disease. Specific approaches included the determination of predictors of the severity of the disease, pathobiology of the disease, cellular changes during painful episodes, and the preventive therapy with Hydroxyurea - an inducer of fetal hemoglobin production. New novel approaches to therapy include aborting the acute painful episode by agents that reduce tissue ischemia and improve blood flow in the microvasculature.