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College of Medicine Section of Sickle Cell Program

The Sickle Cell Center at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System has a long tradition of providing comprehensive care, community outreach and research for patients and families with sickle cell disease. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for adults and children with sickle cell disease and their families. We work to reduce complications by providing comprehensive medical care, patient and community education, and social and psychological support. We conduct research leading to new therapies and a better understanding of the disease.

At the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System, we educate future internists, pediatricians, and specialists about sickle cell disease, its complications, and the appropriate management of patients. This equips the health care professionals to provide compassionate care to sickle cell patients throughout their careers, and engage in research to improve the treatment of sickle cell disease. We educate our future health care professionals with an eye toward the changing health care environment and the increasing demands upon physicians to use an evidence-based approach to clinical decision-making.

Through the Sickle Cell Center, we emphasize a multi-disciplinary approach to sickle cell disease, working closely with cardiologists, endocrinologists, gynecologists/obstetricians, nephrologists, nursing specialists, pulmonologists, transfusion medicine specialists, and others. We are expanding our Acute Care Center for the intensive management of pain without admission to the hospital. We are also proud to be the first hospital in the Midwest to offer appropriate patients the potentially curative approach of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.

MISSION

The mission of the Sickle Cell Center at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System is to provide comprehensive care across the lifespan of a person with sickle cell disease and lead the way to new therapies and better understanding of the disease.

Our goals:

  • Provide the highest quality, state-of-the-art care, with a compassionate, holistic approach that improves quality of life for adults and children with sickle cell disease and their families.
  • Conduct research leading to new therapies and a better understanding of the disease.
  • Educate the general public about sickle cell disease.
  • Train healthcare providers and researchers who will carry on this mission until sickle cell disease is cured.

University of

Illinois at Chicago

Department of

Medicine

Section of

Sickle Cell