Overview (video):

The Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) program at the Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center and New York Medical College provides service to infants, children, adolescents and young adults affected throughout the Hudson Valley. The program is led by an experienced team of physicians, nurses, and social workers. English and Spanish are spoken fluently. Patients are identified through the Newborn Screening Program, and parents are contacted to arrange an appointment. Through collaboration with the Stem Cell Transplantation team, patients can benefit from the most cutting-edge therapies available. Patients and their families are evaluated in a family-friendly atmosphere, and appointments to see other sub-specialists or to undergo testing are all done on the same day. We provide personal care to our patients with sickle cell disease. Additionally, we are the founding center in the Haplo SCD Consortium stem cell transplant clinical trial.



[Our Clinical Trials, Patient Information]

  • Hemoglobin SS
  • Hemoglobin SC
  • Hemoglobin S/thalassemia
  • Other Hemoglobin S syndromes
  • Hemoglobin S trait
  • Hemoglobin C trait


Key Team Members/Disciplines:

  • Director: Claudio Sandoval, MD
  • Social Worker: Barbara McLain, LCSW
  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation: Mitchell S. Cairo, MD, and Cori Abikoff, MD
  • Hematotherapy: Mitchell S. Cairo, MD (Medical Director), and F. Bernadette West, MD (Clinical Director)
  • Adolescent Medicine: Gil Velez, MD
  • Cardiology: Debra Freedman, MD
  • Gastroenterology: Stu Berezin, MD
  • Genetics: David Kronn, MD
  • Infectious Diseases: Sheila Nolan, MD
  • Nephrology: Robert Weiss, MD
  • Neurology: Ronald Jacobson, MD
  • Ophthalmology: Scott Forman, MD
  • Psychology: Arlene Adler, PhD
  • Pulmonary: Alan Dozor, MD
  • Radiology: Michael Tenner, MD and Hasit Mehta, MD
  • Rheumatology: Christine Hom, MD
  • General Surgery: Gustavo Stringel, MD
  • Neurosurgery: Avi Mohan, MD and Michael Tobias, MD
  • Orthopedic Surgery: Iris Schlesinger, MD


Unique Features:

  • Newborn Screening Program
  • Comprehensive Stem and Cellular Therapy and Transplantation Program
  • Bilingual physicians, nurses, and social workers
  • Cutting edge customized patient treatment protocols
  • Multidisciplinary team approach


Research and Education Highlights:

  • ACGME Accredited Pediatric hematology, Oncology, and Stem Cell Transplantation Fellowship Training Program
  • Student, resident, and other allied health professional elective/selectives
  • Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant Consortium, Member Institution
  • National Marrow Donor Program, Member Institution