University of Cincinnati Medical Center

3188 Bellevue Avenue, Cincinnati, OH 45219 | 513-584-1000

Adult Sickle Cell Center

What Is Sickle Cell Disease?

Sickle cell disease is a genetic blood disorder that causes the body to make abnormal hemoglobin, a protein found in red blood cells. The abnormal hemoglobin collects inside red blood cells and damages the cells. Damaged cells are hard and sticky, and they clump together and block blood flow through blood vessels. Sickle cell disease can cause anemia and pain, as well as damage to many organs, including the heart, lungs, kidneys and brain. Treatment for sickle cell disease decreases these conditions.

Comprehensive Care

At University of Cincinnati Medical Center‘s Adult Sickle Cell Program, we understand that children who grow up with sickle cell disease will continue to need a dedicated team of providers when they become adults. We help children and young adults make the transition to adulthood, and continue to provide comprehensive care as they grow older.


All states now routinely screen newborns for sickle cell disease, but this was not available previously when many of our patients were born. At the UC Health Adult Sickle Cell Clinic, we test individuals for sickle cell disease and sickle cell traits and provide counseling about the results.


Sickle cell disease is a complex disease that is best treated by an experienced team. The adult sickle cell team at UC Health assists with all aspects of care. We provide the newest sickle cell treatments, education to help you manage your disease and access to clinical trials in development that may lead to better ways to treat sickle cell disease.


There are more than 350 individuals living with sickle cell disease in the Greater Cincinnati area. The adult sickle cell team at UC Health coordinates with local and national nonprofit organizations to educate the community, advocate for people living with sickle cell disease and provide support services.

Scheduling an Appointment

For more information or to schedule an appointment with our experts, please call 513-584-2088.