Sickle Cell Disease

Our Team

Sickle Cell Disease Team Photo
UF Health, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Program Director:

Vandy Black, MD

Vandy Black

Program Coordinator:

Ann Dove, RN

Nurse Coordinator for Comprehensive Sickle Cell and Hemophilia Program

Anne Dove

Young female patient holding balloons

About Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle cell disease (SCD) and hemophilia and some other blood disorders are severe, lifelong and presently incurable diseases. We are instituting new programs to study and better treat iron overload in multiply transfused patients, comprehensive management of cardiac and pulmonary disease in SCD and other initiatives to improve the transition of care from adolescence to adulthood and overall quality of life of these patients. University of Florida is at the forefront of research in AAV (adeno-associated virus) vectors for gene therapy that aims to cure SCD and hemophilia while promising to cure other similar illnesses caused by single gene defects.

  • State Newborn Testing
  • Sickle Cell Trait
  • Sickle Cell Complications
  • Hydroxyurea
  • Chronic Transfusion Therapy
  • Sickle Cell Awareness 2K Walk


Dr. Arun Srivastava

Safe vectors for gene therapy for Sickle Cell Anemia and other blood. disorders

Dr. Jörg Bungert

Developmental regulation of the human globin genes.

Dr. Roland Herzog

Develop gene therapy for the X-linked bleeding disorder hemophilia.