Gilda Barabino, Ph.D., is the Dean and Berg Professor at The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York (CCNY). She has appointments in Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education/CUNY School of Medicine. Previously, Dr. Barabino served as the Associate Chair for Graduate Studies and Professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Vice Provost for Academic Diversity at Georgia Tech and Emory University. Dr. Barabino’s laboratory focuses on vascular and orthopedic tissue engineering research. She also works to find novel therapeutic strategies that will improve the health of those who suffer from sickle cell disease and related complications. Dr. Barabino received her B.S. degree in Chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana and her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Rice University.
Mary C. Beach
Mary Catherine Beach, M.D., M.P.H., is a professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She holds a joint appointment in health, behavior and society at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Dr. Beach’s scholarship about respect and relationships in healthcare encompasses both empirical and conceptual dimensions. Dr. Beach is currently conducting research on the theoretical foundations of respect and the impact of physician attitudes and patient-physician communication on patients in the primary care setting, in the treatment of HIV and substance abuse and in the treatment of sickle cell disease. Dr. Beach is on the editorial board for Patient Education and Counseling and on the Advisory Board for Communication in Medicine.
Lori E. Crosby
Lori E. Crosby, Psy.D, is a Professor of Pediatrics and a clinical psychologist. She is Co-Director of Innovations in Community Research and Co-Directs the Cincinnati Clinical Translational Science Award’s (CTSA) Community Engagement Core. Dr. Crosby’s research focuses on community engagement, self-management, quality improvement, sickle cell disease, health disparities, and patient centered outcomes and has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, and the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. She is an elected Fellow of the American Psychological Association and a faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Medicine, the Division of Behavioral Medicine at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, and the Department of Hematology/Oncology at UC Health (adjunct). Dr. Crosby previously served as a member of a National, Heart, Lung and Blood Institute Workgroup that developed 2020 Healthy People objectives for individuals affected by sickle cell disease and an American Psychological Association on Advancing Practice. Dr. Crosby received her Psy.D. from Wright State University and completed her pediatric residency/internship at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center.
Amy Dawson, M.D, M.P.H is Associate Director and Medical Director at the Fort Wayne Medical Education Program, a family medicine residency program dually-accredited by both the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) and the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). After earning her M.D. degree from The Ohio State University, Dr. Dawson trained in family medicine at the Fort Wayne Medical Education Program. Following her training she spent 3 years in private practice at Brooklyn Medical Associates, followed by four and half years as Medical Director of Matthew 25 Health and Dental, and almost four years practicing in Quito, Ecuador. In July of 2012, she moved back to Indiana and joined the faculty of the Fort Wayne Medical Education Program as medical director of the Family Medicine Clinic, training new family medicine doctors to provide great healthcare now and in the future.
Michael R. DeBaun
Michael R. DeBaun, M.D., M.P.H., is a Professor of Pediatrics and Medicine, Vice Chair for Clinical and Translational Research in Pediatrics, J.C. Peterson Endowed Chair in Pediatrics, the Director of the Vanderbilt-Meharry Center for Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease and a practicing hematologist. The Center is one of the first in the country to establish a medical home care model for children and adults with sickle cell disease in a community health center. Dr. DeBaun was the primary physician author of the Sickle Cell Treatment Act, signed by President Bush into law on Oct. 22, 2004 Title VII, creating regional networks for enhanced services for children and adults with sickle cell disease. For over 20 years, his international efforts in sickle cell disease have focused on epidemiology, cognitive impact, clinical significance and strategies for preventing strokes and silent strokes in children and adults. Dr. DeBaun received his M.D. and Masters in Health Services Research from Stanford University School of Medicine and his M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University School of Hygiene and Public Health. Dr. DeBaun is a member of the National Academy of Medicine.