BMC’s Center of Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease is the largest center of its kind in New England, serving more than 450 patients annually, from newborns to adults. The center’s multidisciplinary team is committed to providing patients across their lifespan with highly personalized care to manage their symptoms associated with the disease so they can live as normal a life as possible.

The SCD team includes physicians and a nurse practitioner from pediatric and adult hematology, adult and pediatric primary care, and other specialties as well as nurses, social workers, case management and a patient navigator to help guide patients through their care. The program focuses on providing consistent care between the Emergency Department, inpatient services, and outpatient clinics.  The program utilizes the pediatric STAR unit and the Infusion Center in the adult Hematology/Oncology clinic for outpatient transfusions and pain management. 

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Pediatric Clinic

850 Harrison Avenue, Boston, MA 02118
6th Floor
Yawkey Center
617.414.4841
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:00 AM - 5:30PM Tuesday, Thursday 8:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Specialty Clinics

Hematology

Patients with blood disorders receive consultation and treatment for a broad range of benign conditions, such as hemoglobinopathies (sickle cell anemia and thalassemia), hemochromatosis, bleeding and thrombotic disorders (von Willebrand's disease and hemophilia), hypercoagulable states, myeloproliferative disorders, myelodysplasia and anemia, and malignancies such as leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma.

Pediatrics - Hematology

Boston Medical Center’s Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Program offers state-of-the-art evaluation, diagnosis, treatment of blood disorders. Genetic abnormalities of the blood, such as sickle cell disease, are a main focus of the program, but it also provides evaluation and ongoing care for children and adolescents with a variety of blood disorders and “orphan” illnesses. Physicians are also available for second opinions related to leukemia or other childhood cancers.

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Our Team

Jean-Antoine Ribeil, MD, PHD

Clinical Director Sickle Cell Center of Excellence; Associate Professor of Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Special Interests

Hemoglobinopathies, Red Blood Cell Disorders

Elizabeth S Klings, MD

Director of the Center for Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease, Director of Pulmonary Hypertension; Professor of Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Santia Berberena, PsyD

Instructor of Psychiatry, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Special Interests

adult mental health, bariatric medicine, health psychology and stress management techniques, interventions in clinical hypnosis, trauma informed interventions and care, Latino and Afro-Caribbean mental health, immigrant mental health, Native American mental health, cognitive and personality assessment

Robyn T Cohen, MD

Director, Pediatric Pulmonary & Allergy Clinic, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Lillian E McMahon, MD

Clinical Director of the Sickle Cell Center, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Special Interests

Sickle Cell Disease, Sickle Cell Anemia, Hemoglobin C Disease, Hemoglobinopathies

Caitlin M Neri, MD

Instructor of Pediatrics, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine,

Martin H Steinberg, MD

Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
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