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Kathryn Hassell, MD

Director and Professor


Dr. Hassell has been the Director of the Center since 2003, after serving as its Associate Director since 1992.  She has been with the University since 1989.  Dr. Hassell provides inpatient and outpatient care to adults with sickle cell disease at the University of Colorado Hospital.  She is a site principal investigator for multi-center clinical trials for adults with sickle cell disease, and has provided national leadership on study steering and executive committees.  Dr. Hassell has led several regional projects through the Mountain States Genetics Regional Collaborative Center, and serves on the Newborn Screening Advisory Committee for the Colorado State Department of Health.  She also sits on the steering committees of a number of national projects including the Sickle Cell Disease Treatment Demonstration Project for HRSA, the American Society of Hematology’s Public Health Taskforce, and the Registries and Surveillance for Hemoglobinopathies (RuSH) Project for the CDC and NIH.  Dr. Hassell recently completed a four-year, part-time, IPA assignment with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

Biographical Sketch for Dr. Kathryn Hassell