About Us

The Colorado Sickle Cell Treatment and Research Center, established over 50 years ago, and its patient care clinics at the Children's Hospital Colorado and the University of Colorado Hospital on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus is the region's primary source of specialty expertise and facilitation of comprehensive specialty care for both children and adults living with hemoglobinopathies. 

Basic, clinical and health services research conducted by the Center and its collaborators serves to elucidate the pathophysiology of sickle cell disease, develop and implement treatments and systems of care that prevent or minimize complications and that prolong and improve the quality of life, are supported by funding from the NIH and other Federal agencies, industry, and foundations. 

Direct patient care is also provided by our Director Kathryn Hassell, MD and Gemlyn George, MD for adults at University of Colorado Hospital and by Associate Director Rachelle Nuss, MD and Christopher McKinney, MD for pediatric patients at Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO).  Our Transition Program targets 12 to 26-year-olds to facilitate self-advocacy and health system navigation skills as youth move from pediatric- to adult-oriented healthcare. 

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