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Bringing Sickle Cell Disease to Life Podcast

By signing up, you are subscribing to a new ASH Podcast. Bringing Sickle Cell Disease to Life, hosted by Dr. Wally R. Smith, Florence Neal Cooper Smith Professor of Sickle Cell Disease School of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Three seasons will run from March thru August, 2022 with new episodes released weekly where you will learn about:

  • The history of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) and progress over decades.
  • Structural racism in Sickle Cell Disease care, disparity and bias in SCD management.
  • How to create a team-based approach to caring for patients living with SCD.
  • And more!

Host: Dr. Wally R. Smith

Dr. Wally R. SmithDr. Wally R. Smith is an experienced implementation scientist and an expert in clinical and health services research in sickle cell disease. He is the first recipient of The Florence Neal Cooper Smith Professor of Sickle Cell Disease and has been the principal Investigator of the ARRA-funded (Agency for HealthCare Research and Quality) grant, Comparative Effectiveness of Virginia Coordinated Care versus the Traditional Safety Net Delivery System, which utilized both qualitative and quantitative population assessment methods.

Dr. Smith also serves as the Vice-Chairman for Research of the Division of General Internal Medicine and is the former Scientific Director of the Center on Health Disparities at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). He has been associated with the development of two potential lead compounds for sickle cell disease at VCU and extraordinarily successful at recruitment of sickle cell patients into clinical research, enrolling over 450 patients in 10 years.  His latest NIH-funded grant, SHIP HU, randomizes patients to receive patient navigators to enhance patients’ adherence to hydroxyurea. 

Follow Dr. Wally Smith on Twitter: @drsicklestrong