South Texas Comprehensive Sickle Cell Program

The Sickle Cell program is dedicated to the evidence-based treatment of children, adolescents, and young adults living with sickle cell disease and thalassemia through a comprehensive program aimed at preventing disease complications, promoting health literacy and maximizing quality of life.

Services Include:

  • Genetic counseling of hemoglobinopathy disorders identified by newborn screen
  • Comprehensive annual evaluations focusing on disease awareness, infections and pulmonary complications
  • Transcranial doppler for primary stroke prevention
  • Hydroxyurea for disease modification
  • Chronic transfusion therapy including erythrocytopheresis and iron chelation
  • Combined Sickle Cell and Pulmonology Clinic
  • Community outreach including schools, churches, camps and support groups for sickle cell awareness/education
  • Psychosocial support for educational testing and evaluation of transition readiness

Meet our Sickle cell team:

Melissa Frei-Jones, MD MSCI, Medical Director
Donna Doulton. RN BScN, Sickle Cell Nurse Coordinator
Leticia Silva, LCSW, Social Work
Krystal Robinson, PhD, Psychologist
Raquel Reyes, BS, Clinical Research Associate