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Seattle Children's Sickle Cell Disease Program

Pediatric Expert Care With Compassion

Our team of local providers is working every day to ensure kids with sickle cell disease have full, active lives. With lifesaving treatments, education and preventative screenings, Seattle Children’s aims to be a support system for your child - from their health to life at school and at home.

“Seattle Children's and OBCC helped to save my daughter's life. They are like our backbone, standing with us.”

– Amna, Jude’s mom

Jude’s pain started at just four days old. Her family was scared and heartbroken, so they went looking for answers – and found Seattle Children’s, together with the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic.

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Treating the most kids with sickle cell disease in the Pacific Northwest.

Consistently ranked one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals.

Caring for Families Like Yours

From the Central District to the South End, local providers are coming together to offer the care kids in our community need at the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic and at Seattle Children’s hospital campus - with leading experts in our Sickle Cell Disease Program. 

Meet Your Sickle Cell Team

Our team includes a social worker and psychologist to help your child and your family through the challenges of sickle cell. Genetic counseling and testing can help parents and other family members understand the chance of having the sickle cell gene or passing it on.

Support for Your Whole Family

Having sickle cell disease can be stressful for the entire family. If your child has an urgent need, we will see them right away.
Our services support both urgent and long-term needs.

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What to expect

During visits, we take time to explain your child’s condition, so you can fully understand all your treatment options. Read about our services for patients and families, from financial counseling to interpreter services.

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Improving care, every day

Seattle Children’s and the Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic are working together to develop the Sickle Cell Disease Program to offer the best care possible for our patients. We’re so grateful for the incredible advocacy of our families, community members and the Metropolitan Seattle Sickle Cell Task Force, who helped us understand that we need to do more for our patients with sickle cell disease. An external Sickle Cell Advisory Board is forming to help guide our efforts. We’re committed to creating a sickle cell center of excellence.

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For patients and families

Our team cares for your whole child. We don’t just treat their disease. We connect you to community resources and support groups.

We can support you and your child with financial counseling, schooling, housing, transportation, legal aid, interpreter services and spiritual care. Read about our services for patients and families.

Research to Improve Outcomes

Our sickle cell disease team is constantly researching new and improved treatments and processes that can improve the lives of our patients.

The Most Advanced Treatments

We offer a full range of treatments to keep your child as healthy as possible and help them control pain.

Some of the team working at Odessa Brown Children's Clinic

How we treat sickle cell disease

We watch your child’s health closely and recommend the best treatments for them. Keeping careful track of their health ensures your child gets the care they need before more serious problems start. That helps them feel better and gives them the best chance of successful treatment.

Our treatment options include bone marrow transplant, which can cure this disease. Learn more about how we treat sickle cell disease

Care Where You Need It

Our sickle cell team provides services throughout Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. Even if you live too far away to visit us in person, we can consult with your family and child’s doctors so your child gets the best care possible.

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