The Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc., (SCDAA) is saddened to hear the news of the passing of Dr. Lennette Benjamin. Dr. Benjamin was a trailblazing physician who made many outstanding contributions to the sickle cell community. She was one of the first to establish a “day hospital” as an alternative to the emergency room for pain management – an approach that is today recognized as a best practice in care.  

Prior to her retirement, Dr. Benjamin led the Montefiore Sickle Cell Center for Adults in the Bronx, New York. She was an SCDAA board member emeritus and served on the SCDAA Medical and Research Advisory Committee. 

Dr. Benjamin was also a dedicated advocate and mentor. She made a global impact and raised sickle cell awareness in West Africa, Brazil and beyond. “She was always looking out for others, patients and peers alike,” recalls Dr. Lewis Hsu, SCDAA chief medical officer. “She was full of warm advice and expert guidance.”

Dr. Benjamin passed away in Houston, Texas on Oct. 20 at the age of 82. To share your sympathies, please click here.

SCDAA’s National Office and Board of Directors pay tribute to Dr. Benjamin’s outstanding life and career and send our deepest condolences to her family, friends and loved ones.