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Mitchell S. Cairo, MD

Associate Director

Jessica Hochberg, MD

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Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle Cell Disease

The Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) program at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital serves infants, children, adolescents and young adults affected throughout the Hudson Valley. The program is led by an experienced team of physicians, nurses, and social workers in both English and Spanish.

Patients are identified through the Newborn Screening Program, and parents are contacted to arrange an appointment. Through collaboration with the Stem Cell Transplantation team, patients can benefit from the most cutting-edge therapies available. Patients and their families are evaluated in a family-friendly atmosphere, and appointments to see other sub-specialists or to undergo testing are all done on the same day. We provide personal care to our patients with sickle cell disease. Additionally, we are the founding center in the Haplo SCD Consortium stem cell transplant clinical trial.


[Our Clinical Trials, Patient Information]

  • Hemoglobin SS
  • Hemoglobin SC
  • Hemoglobin S/thalassemia
  • Other Hemoglobin S syndromes
  • Hemoglobin S trait
  • Hemoglobin C trait

Unique Features

  • Newborn Screening Program
  • Comprehensive Stem and Cellular Therapy and Transplantation Program
  • Bilingual physicians, nurses, and social workers
  • Advanced customized patient treatment protocols
  • Neurocognitive Screening and Care
  • Erythrocytosis and exchange transfusion to prevent iron accumulation in patients on hypertransfusion treatments
  • Novel and targeted treatment for acute chest syndrome
  • Multidisciplinary team approach, including dedicated social worker and psychologist

Research and Education Highlights

  • ACGME Accredited Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, and Stem Cell Transplantation Fellowship Training Program
  • Student, resident, and other allied health professional elective/selectives
  • PTCTC, Member Institution
  • National Marrow Donor Program, Member Institution


Success Stories

CBS2 | 8-Year-Old Named Ambassador At Maria Fareri Children's Hospital After Beating Back Blood Disease And Rare Brain Syndrome

NBC4 | 8-Year-Old Sickle Cell Ambassador


More Information

Understanding Sickle Cell Disease

Contact Us

Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplant
Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital
100 Woods Road
Valhalla, NY 10595

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Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital is served by Metro North's Harlem line via two stations:

  • White Plains - Bus transfer options available
  • Hawthorne - Taxi service available For train fare and schedule information, call 1-800-METRO-INFO or go to METRO NORTH


There are three bus lines (Westchester Bee Line) you can take to our campus. Please call 914.813.7777 for bus routes and fares.

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The Westchester Medical Center campus includes the Maria Fareri Children's Hospital and the Behavioral Health Center.


Edo Schaefer, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Director, Sickle Cell Program
Hematological Malignancies Program
Cellular Therapy and Stem Cell Transplantation Program

Mitchell Cairo, MD
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Clinical Director of Hematotherapy
Clinical Director of Non-Malignant Stem Cell Transplantation

Lila Pereira, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry
Psycho-oncology and Psycho-hematology

Suzanne Braniecki, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry

Social Work

Barbara McLain, LCSW

Physician Assistant Coordinator

Emily Thatcher, PA-C

BMT Nurse Coordinator

Isabel Gonzalez, RN, MS, CPNP-PC
Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Coordinator