Sickle Cell Disease Association of America named Dr. Lewis Hsu chief medical officer and JaKela Walker chair of the board of directors.

Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lewis Hsu is a pediatric hematologist who serves as director of the Sickle Cell Center and professor of pediatrics for the University of Illinois at Chicago. Hsu led pediatric sickle cell programs at Emory University, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and Children’s National Medical Center. He has conducted sickle cell research, published over 50 peer-reviewed papers and co-authored “Hope and Destiny: The Patient and Parent’s Guide to Sickle Cell Disease and Sickle Cell Trait.” He completed his education at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Yale-New Haven Hospital and University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

Board Chair JaKela Walker is senior finance director and controller for DSM, a multinational company specializing in nutrition, health and sustainable living. Previously, she served in finance for DENTSPLY International, Burke Counseling Services and Eli Lilly and Co. Her volunteer work includes serving on boards and committees for the Forman S. Acton Educational Foundation, Wings for Success and Tri-State Diversity Council. She studied finance and international business at Howard University.

In addition to Walker, Dr. Biree Andemariam will serve as vice chair, Bernie Lawrence-Watkins as secretary and Thomas Johnson as treasurer on the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America board.