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Meet the Team
Meet the Team

Kim

Kwaku

Allan

Kim

Dr. Smith-Whitley is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and holds the Elias Schwartz, M.D., Endowed Chair in Hematology. Her clinical and research focus is on sickle cell survivorship: predicting and preventing long-term, chronic, and life-threatening complications of the disease. She initiated two innovative programs at CHOP: a short-stay Hematology Acute Care Unit and the Blue Tie Tag program to recruit blood donors for pediatric transfusions. She received the 2010 Blockley-Osler Award for excellence in teaching clinical medicine at the bedside.

Kwaku

Dr. Ohene-Frempong, professor of Pediatrics at CHOP and president of the Sickle Cell Foundation of Ghana, is a world renowned authority on sickle cell disease-and is himself a carrier. In addition to his research focus on pulmonary complications from sickle cell disease, he pursues research and provides clinical support in his home country, Ghana, where he is considered a national hero. He founded a sickle cell clinic there with the first newborn screening program in Africa, which he is helping to expand nationwide.

Allan

Dr. Flake has led an NIH funded research laboratory directed toward surgical correction of fetal anomalies and fetal stem cell and gene therapy for the past 19 years. He has published extensively, with authorship of over 250 peer reviewed publications and over 100 review articles and book chapters. Clinically, Dr. Flake actively participates as a pediatric and fetal surgeon in the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at CHOP, and his current research focuses on clinical trials of a promising cure for sickle cell disease via in utero stem cell transplantation.