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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
Main Hospital Building
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
Leonard J. Fisher Family Building
6505 Market Street, Building A
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.

Masking and Other Safety Protocols

Akron Children’s has a number of safety protocols in place for our patients and visitors in order to provide a safe hospital environment.


Some of the Conditions We Treat...

aplastic anemia, sickle cell anemia, thalassemia



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