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A Memphis hematologist shares information about Sickle Cell Disease, its epidemiology, pathophysiology and survival trends. Dr. Jane Hankins also discusses the clinical presentation of vaso-occlusive pain or crisis as well as the treatment of pain for individuals living with sickle cell disease.

Dr. Hankins has been in practice for more than 20 years and is an associate member in the Department of Hematology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Medical Director at Methodist Healthcare Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, both located in Memphis, TN. Her clinical interests include outcomes research in sickle cell disease, specifically during the transition period from pediatric to adult care. She is the Principal Investigator of a long-term lifetime cohort study that seeks to better understand the role of clinical and genetic predictive factors in the progression of sickle cell disease.