Medical Advisors and Staff

Elliott Vichinsky, MD

Elliot Vichinsky, MD is the Director of Hematology/Oncology at Children’s Hospital and Research Center at Oakland, the Northern California Sickle Cell Center, the California Thalassemia Center and the California Reference Hemoglobin Laboratory. Dr. Vichinsky diagnoses and treats children with blood disorders, cancers and tumors.

He founded and directs the largest hemoglobinopathy center of sickle cell disease and thalassemia in North America. The center is dedicated to developing therapy to treat and cure the 200,000 infants born worldwide each year with sickle cell or thalassemia. He is working with the World Health Organization in studying the worldwide public health problem of thalassemia and sickle cell disease (Read More).

Ward Hagar, MD

Marsha Treadwell, Ph.D.

Marsha J. Treadwell, PhD, is a clinical psychologist with a long-standing interest in sickle cell disease and translational research, with a primary focus on physiologic and psychological aspects of treatment and outcome. Dr. Treadwell uses a unique combination of community outreach and clinical research to impact treatment outcome in this painful disease. Employing multi-component interventions to increase sickle cell trait counseling and testing in targeted communities, Dr. Treadwell is working to broaden community support for sickle cell programs and to implement intensive support strategies for families of children diagnosed with sickle cell disease that foster a sense of empowerment and collaborative disease management, and improve global well being.

Theopia Jackson, Ph.D.

Mission Statement:

To provide information and assistance to families of sickle cell disease, to educate the public, and to assist health institutions and practitioners in the delivery of better care to sickle cell anemia patients.

Our Goals:

• Give people affected by sickle cell disease a say in deciding how their care will be given.
• Increase awareness of and support for those affected by sickle cell disease.
• Educate and increase access to available resources in the region and state for people with sickle cell disease.


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