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Jefferson Comprehensive Sickle Cell Program

Sickle Cells

The Adult and Pediatric/Adolescent Sickle Cell Centers offer a broad array of services for the longitudinal management of patients with sickle cell disease. The activities of the Jefferson Sickle Cell Program include in-patient and out-patient clinical care, emergency services, patient education and psychosocial support.  Patients are also offered opportunities to participate in novel therapies and other research related to sickle cell anemia.  The activities of our Sickle Cell Program are carried out via the joint efforts of faculty in the Division of Hematology of the Cardeza Foundation for Hematologic Research and the Division of General Internal Medicine in the Department of Medicine, as well as the Department of Pediatrics at Jefferson Medical College.  Critical nursing, social work and other health care professional services enable a comprehensive and interdisciplinary approach to the management of our patients.  A unique aspect of Sickle Cell Care is the Sickle Cell Day Treatment Unit that is a national model for care and has facilitated the ability to treat sickle cell patients as outpatients – thereby decreasing both the cost and morbidity associated with a hospitalization.  Jefferson’s location next to Philadelphia’s Chinatown has provided a large number of infants and families with Thalassemia syndromes. The various clinical and academic activities of the Jefferson Sickle Cell Program are supported by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and the National Institutes of Health.

The program welcomes new patients.  We also work with the regional pediatric sickle cell centers to ensure a smooth transition from pediatric care to adult care.  Please call (215) 955-2773 to schedule an appointment or to receive additional information about the program from our nurse coordinator.