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Program Director

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
  • Cutting-edge customized patient treatment protocols
  • Multidisciplinary team approach

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

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.

Cairo, Mitchell
Cairo, Mitchell
‌Chief, Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation‌; Director, Childhood and Adolescent Cancer and Blood Diseases Center
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Braniecki, Suzanne
Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
Pediatric Neuropsychology

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

Jordan Milner, 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

Social Work:

Barbara McLain, LCSW

Nurse Coordinator

Emily Thatcher, PA-C