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Sickle Cell Program

We are 1 of 6 designated sickle cell programs in Ohio. We provide and coordinate services designed to reduce difficulties associated with sickle cell disease and related disorders in children, teens and young adults.

Specialized care.

Newborn screenings are used to identify more than 400 children with sickle cell trait and other hemoglobinopathies in northeast Ohio each year. We provide evaluations for local patients as well as for patients referred from other communities in Ohio Region VI.

And in addition to medical care, we also provide support services including disease education, personal and career counseling, and financial counseling.

Other services we provide are genetic counseling for hemoglobin disorders, community education programs, public awareness campaigns, and patient and family advocacy. Our program also includes an active on-site erythrocytapheresis program.

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Locations

Contact Sickle Cell Program

330-543-8580

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Cancer and Blood Disorders
Akron Children's Hospital Cancer and Blood Disorders
214 West Bowery Street
Akron, Ohio 44308
Fax: 330-543-3220
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Cancer and Blood Disorders, Boardman
Akron Children's Hospital Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders, Boardman
Building A
6505 Market Street
Boardman, Ohio 44512
Fax: 330-746-9523
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Our Doctors/Providers

Department Heads:
Prasad Bodas
Prasad Bodas, MD

Director, Sickle Cell Program; Pediatric Hematologist-Oncologist

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Physicians/Providers:

Laura Gerak, PhD

Pediatric Psychologist

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What Should Families Expect When They Come for an Appointment?

At Akron Children’s, your child’s health and safety is our priority. Please continue to bring your child for wellness visits, vaccinations or sick care appointments that keep children healthy. We want to assure you that we have taken additional precautions to ensure a safe environment for your child and family. The following are additional safety efforts, in addition to our normal cleaning protocols, that we are taking to help you be comfortable bringing your child to an appointment.

Limiting the Number of Caregivers and Face Covering

The number of caregivers permitted to accompany a child to an appointment is dependent on the department you are visiting. Everyone visiting an Akron Children's facility is asked to wear masks or face coverings, except for kids under 2 or those with sensory issues. Masks will be provided for visitors who do not bring their own.

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Checking In and Screening of Visitors

Akron Children's now offers Mobile Check-in to limit your exposure to others. You'll receive a text an hour before your child's appointment arrival time. Click the link in the text when you reach the Akron Children's facility for your child's appointment. You will receive a confirmation text that reminds you to wait in your car. Once we determine appropriate spacing is available inside the building, you'll receive a third text to let you know it's OK to come in for your appointment.

Immediately upon entering the building, your temperature will be taken, either by a thermal scanner or a greeter who will also ask you a few questions.

If you are in a waiting room, you’ll notice signs and a limited number of chairs. This is to remind our patients to keep 6 feet of physical distance between your family and others.

Precautions If You Suspect Your Child Has COVID-19

Call your child’s healthcare professional if your child is sick with fever, cough, or difficulty breathing and has been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, or if you live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Your health care professional will work with Ohio’s public health department and the CDC to determine if your child needs to be tested for COVID-19.

View all the safety precautions Akron Children's is taking.