Celebrating Diversity Within the Sickle Cell Community: Commitment, Innovation, Practice
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Kim Smith-Whitley, MD

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Director, Clinical Director
Dr. Smith-Whitley is associate professor of the Sickle Cell Clinical Program and clinical director of the Division of Hematology and the director of the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). .Dr. Smith-Whitley received her medical degree from George Washington University School of Medicine and completed residency at Children's National Medical Center. Her special interests include: sickle cell disease, bone marrow failure and general hematology. She holds the Elias Schwartz, MD, Endowed Chair in Hematology. Dr. Smith-Whitley’s clinical and research focus is on sickle cell survivorship: predicting and preventing long-term, chronic, and life-threatening complications of the disease. She initiated two innovative programs at CHOP: A short-stay Hematology Acute Care Unit and The Blue Tie Tag program to recruit blood donors for pediatric transfusions. She also received the 2010 Blockley-Osler Award for excellence in teaching clinical medicine at the bedside. Dr. Kim Smith-Whitley is also the Chief Medical Officer for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.