Clinical Research

Faculty

Kaleab Abebe, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine, General Internal Medicine

Biostatistician that leads the data coordinating center at Pitt for the STERIO-SCD national research study.

Carolyn Anderson, PhD

Professor of Medicine, Cardiology

 

Debra Cohen, MD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Pediatric hematologist Dr. Cohen focuses on SCD adolescent to adult transition and ways to enhance adherence to hydroxyurea treatment.

Laura De Castro, MD, MHsc

Associate Professor of Medicine, Hematology/Oncology

A national leader in SCD clinical trial enrollment, hematologist Dr. De Castro directs clinical research at Pitt and collaborates in development of sickle cell apps.

Cheryl Hillery, MD

Professor of Pediatrics

Pediatric and adult hematologist, Dr. Hillery studies pain and inflammation in sickle cell mice.

Charles Jonaissant, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, General Internal Medicine

Clinical psychologist who specializes in health technology and patient self-management approaches

Gregory Kato, MD

Professor of Medicine, Hematology/Oncology

An internationally known leader in translational SCD research, hematologist Dr. Kato is the national principal investigator of STERIO-SCD, a trial of riociguat in patients with sickle cell disease and other early phase clinical trials.

Enrico Novelli, MD, MS

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Hematology/Oncology

Clinician-scientist hematologist, Dr. Novelli studies brain function and imaging in adults with SCD and also imaging of pain in SCD.

Amma Owusu-Ansah, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, Hematology/Oncology

Pediatric hematologist Dr. Owusa-Ansah works with Dr. Solomon Ofori-Acquah to develop clinical research partnerships between Pitt and African countries Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Mali as part of the Center for Translational and International Hematology.

Caterina Rosano, MD, MPH

Professor, Epidemiology

 

Aisha Walker, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine, PACCM

Health services researcher that studies the use of social media in SCD.

Yingze Zhang, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine, PACCM

Genomics researcher Dr. Zhang supervises the Sickle Cell Biorepository of blood and DNA samples from patients with sickle cell disease.

Staff

Mikhil Bamne

Research assistant in the adult sickle cell program

Nydia Chien, MSN, RN, CCRC

Research nurse that directs the regulatory and administrative components of the STERIO-SCD national research study.

Jude Jonassaint

Senior research nurse in the adult sickle cell program

Angela Martino

Research nurse in the pediatric sickle cell program

Carolyn Newkirk

Research coordinator that assists in operations for the STERIO-SCD national research study.

Carol Oriss

Research nurse in the pediatric sickle cell program

Beata Pasek

Research nurse in the adult sickle cell program

Susan Spillane

Research nurse monitor in the data coordinating center at Pitt for the STERIO-SCD national research study.

Sharon Stover

Research nurse monitor in the data coordinating center at Pitt for the STERIO-SCD national research study.