Why choose Children’s Hospital of Michigan for sickle cell disease treatment?

The Sickle Cell Center at the Children's Hospital of Michigan at the Detroit Medical Center has a long history of providing multidisciplinary care along with research and comprehensive treatment for sickle cell patients.

A unique feature and one of the most important benefits of the Sickle Cell Center is patients and families are offered the convenience of primary pediatric care as well as specialized sickle cell care in the same center.

The Sickle Cell Center offers a public education program to help identify carriers of the sickle cell gene and infants who have the disease at birth.

The Center also offers a Newborn Sickle Cell Screening Program.The initial newborn screening test determines the amount of normal hemoglobin in the blood. If too little normal hemoglobin is found, another test is performed. If the second test is also abnormal, the parents are notified and the child is referred to a hematology specialist for an evaluation.

The Sickle Cell Center at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan encompasses many leading clinicians and researchers who have devoted their life to the treatment of sickle cell disease.

Additionally the division sees a wide variety of disorders including Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia, Evan's Syndrome, Idiopathic Aplastic Anemia and Red Cell Membrane disorders. 

Learn more about Dr. Wanda Whitten-Shurney's Awarded Seat on National Sickle Cell Disease Advisory Committee.


To find a specialist call (313)-745-KIDS or request an appointment.

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