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Sickle Cell Neurodevelopmental Clinic

Kennedy Krieger Institute • 801 North Broadway • Baltimore, MD 21205

Medical Directors:

Michael V. Johnston, M.D.
Eboni I. Lance, M.D.

Neuropsychology Director:

Alicia Cannon, Ph.D.

Behavioral Psychology Program Director:

Keith Slifer, Ph.D.

About Our Program:

The Kennedy Krieger Institute Sickle Cell Disease Neurodevelopmental Clinic will assess the neurological, developmental and behavioral functioning of children with sickle cell disease. Each patient will receive a comprehensive neurodevelopmental evaluation, including a complete neurological examination, neuropsychological testing, behavioral evaluation, and recommendations for services or further evaluations as indicated. Our team will coordinate care with the patient’s primary care providers (pediatricians/hematologists), an efficient approach that allows our team to expedite the next steps for laboratory evaluation, appropriate referrals, and patient management.

Additional medical consultation is available as needed from pediatric physicians trained in neurogenetics, sleep medicine, psychiatry, and rehabilitation.

Primary Program Goals:

Children with sickle cell disease quite commonly have associated neurological and developmental complications, including strokes, seizures, and cognitive dysfunction. In addition, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, specific learning disabilities, language issues, and executive dysfunction may also be seen and require additional assistance to optimize functional abilities. These conditions severely impact these children’s functional independence, quality of life, and educational pursuits, as well as increase their risk of future complications. Early recognition, evaluation, and treatment of neurodevelopmental and behavioral disorders will increase compliance with therapeutic regimens, minimize the need for other consultation, improve mental health outcomes for children with sickle cell disease and help these children reach their fullest potential.

Hours of Operation:

Wednesday mornings, with comprehensive interdisciplinary clinic the 3rd Wednesday of each month


Clinic Coordinator Pat Rowe
Phone: (443) 923-9150

Appointments & Referrals

Primary Diagnoses Served

Additional Diagnoses Served



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