University of Cincinnati Medical Center

234 Goodman Street, Cincinnati, OH 45219 | 513-584-1000

Adult Sickle Cell Center

Comprehensive Care for Adults With Sickle Cell Disease

At University of Cincinnati Medical Center Adult Sickle Cell Center, we understand that children who grow up with the hereditary blood disorder sickle cell disease won’t outgrow it.  We help children and young adults make the transition to adult care.  We also continue to provide comprehensive care, as well as care for secondary conditions related to sickle cell disease as patients become older.

Extensive Expertise of Faculty

The highly-trained specialists who provide care at the Adult Sickle Cell Center are faculty members of the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. Donald Rucknagel, M.D., Ph.D. and George Atweh, M.D., are at the core of the sickle cell disease care team and have combined treatment experience of over 70 years.  Both are regularly published in medical literature on the disease.

Dr. Rucknagel pioneered the use of incentive spirometry to prevent acute chest syndrome, a common complication of sickle cell disease.  This therapy is now the standard of care across the country.  Dr. Atweh is known for his research in the field of induction of fetal hemoglobin, including the use of hydroxyurea in treatment.

Olugbenga Olowokure, M.D., completed training in hematology/oncology, as well as a special fellowship training in sickle cell disease. Dr. Olowokure has cared for patients with sickle cell disease in Africa, Europe and the United States.

Education is an important part of your care. As part of an academic institution, the Adult Sickle Cell Center provides the education you need to help you manage your disease.

Testing and Support Available

We test individuals for sickle cell traits with results available within 24 to 48 hours.

There are more than 350 individuals diagnosed with sickle cell disease in the Greater Cincinnati area. The Sickle Cell Awareness Group (SCAG) is a community agency that provides access to adult sickle cell support groups, community education and other services. For more information, call SCAG at 513-281-4450.