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Sickle Cell Center

Sickle Cell provider with one of our patients

The Lifespan Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center has two components: clinical care and research.

Patients of all ages with sickle cell disease receive care in the Rutledge Tower second floor clinic. The clinic is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of pediatric hematologists, hematology nurse specialists and a clinical coordinator.

Patient and family education is provided at the time of diagnosis and is incorporated into all clinic visits. Our clinic provides acute care for patients with pain, fever and other complications of sickle cell disease as well as comprehensive, routine care and disease-specific management.

Outpatient and Inpatient Specialty Services

Because sickle cell disease is a complicated condition, we offer a broad range of specialty services to meet the needs of children with the disease. Our patients have access to psychiatrists, general surgeons, orthopaedists, ophthalmologists, kidney doctors, heart doctors and pulmonologists, with expertise in the care of people living with sickle cell disease. All work closely with the Sickle Cell Center team.

Services We Offer

  • Preventive care
  • Transfusion therapy
  • Hydroxyurea therapy
  • Care coordination
  • Acute pain management
  • Bone marrow transplant
  • Research treatment options


SC2 (South Carolina Sickle Cell Disease Access to Care Pilot Program) is a sickle cell disease network in South Carolina led by Dr. Julie Kanter, generously funded by Duke Endowment.

Sickle Cell Conditions We Treat

  • Sickle cell disease
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Sickle cell trait counseling


Rutledge Tower

135 Rutledge Avenue
Charleston, SC 29425

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Our Care Team

More Care Team Members

Michelle Cooper, RN | Nurse Manager

Mary Johnson, RN

Debbie Disco, PNP

Earleisha Felder, PA

Kristen Brammer, RN

Ava Jones, RN

Arlene Schultz, RN

Donna Gallahorn, RN

Gary Link | Human Services Coordinator

Patient Resources

SC Public Radio Health Focus Podcast - Click to listen


Bobbi Conner of South Carolina Public Radio talks with Dr. Julie Kanter about the latest treatment and research related to sickle cell disease. Listen to this podcast.


Also, learn more about what's happening in our state for those who live with sickle cell disease. SC2: South Carolina Sickle Cell Disease Access to Care Pilot Program.