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Celebrating Diversity Within the Sickle Cell Community: Commitment, Innovation, Practice
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Ify Osunkwo, MD, MPH

Carolinas Health Care System, Levine Cancer Institute
Medical Director,Clinical Associate Professor
Ifeyinwa Osunkwo, MD, MPH, is medical director of the sickle cell program at Levine Cancer Institute/Atrium Health in Charlotte, North Carolina. She has over 2 decades of clinical and research experience in sickle cell disease (SCD). She is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric Hematology Oncology and has dedicated her current practice to improving care outcomes for adolescents and adults living with SCD. Her clinical interests include improving health literacy, adolescent transition, chronic pain and bone health in SCD. She is one of three PI’s of the multistate EMBRACE Network Sickle Cell Treatment Demonstration Project representing the southeast region. She is also one of dual PI for the recent PCORI funded ST3P-UP Transition Study looking at the comparative effectiveness of a structured education based transition program with or without peer mentoring intervention. She is a member of the American Society of Hematology, The Sickle Cell Adult Provider Network, the Global Sickle Cell Network, and is a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. She is editor-in-chief of Journal of Hematology Research and a gues reviewer for several scientific journals. Dr Osunkwo earned her MD at University of Nigeria College of Medical Science and Dentistry in Enugu, Nigeria, and an MPH in global maternal and child health at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland. She completed an internship and residency in pediatrics at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, New Jersey, followed by a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology and a research fellowship in pediatric bone marrow transplantation at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, New York.