St. Jude has one of the largest pediatric sickle cell programs in the country. We treat children with sickle cell disease from birth through age 18.
Our sickle cell disease specialization
St. Jude has been researching sickle cell disease since the hospital opened in 1962. Our milestones are many, and include:
- The first research grant ever received by the hospital was for the study of sickle cell disease.
- In 1983, a St. Jude patient was the first in the world to be cured of sickle cell anemia through a stem cell/bone marrow transplant.
St. Jude provides outstanding treatment and educational resources to help patients with sickle cell and other blood disorders live long, happy, and healthy lives.
Why St. Jude
From exceptional patient care to innovative research, St. Jude is one of the nation's leading centers for sickle cell disease.
Sickle Cell Referrals
St. Jude is the primary treatment center for children with sickle cell disease in the Memphis area. We also consider referrals of children who are eligible for an open clinical trial.
Explore our free publications to learn more about sickle cell disease, treatments and healthy lifestyle choices for patients.
The STARR Program
Our coordinators in the STARR Program can help patients with unique school challenges related to sickle cell disease.
The STEP Program
The Sickle Cell Transition E-Learning Program (STEP) offers videos that help teens with sickle cell disease successfully transition to adult medical care.
Your treatment team
Since 1962, parents and doctors have sent children with sickle cell disease to St. Jude. The reason is simple: outstanding expertise from exceptional professionals.
Leah hasn’t had any hospitalizations in almost two years. I just love the treatment she receives at St. Jude.