SCDAA is excited to welcome Marie Olivieri Russell, MD as a keynote speaker  at the 47th Annual National Convention this October in Baltimore. In the 2019 Clarice D. Reid, MD Memorial Lecture, Dr. Russell will address “The Case for Compassionate Comprehensive Care for Children and Adults with Sickle Cell Disease.”

Dr. Russell co-founded the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Program with Dr. Elias Schwartz Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) in 1975 and served as director of the program for six years. During her tenure at CHOP, she completed a landmark study defining the arteriographic changes in children with sickle cell disease who had strokes and demonstrated the effectiveness of chronic transfusion therapy. Dr. Russell also helped establish the Sickle Cell Parents Group of CHOP, which remains a powerful advocacy group. Before she retired, Dr. Russell worked at a primary care affiliation with a large community hospital, while continuing to teach students and residents, care for sickle cell patients, and offer satellite outpatient oncology services.