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Cece Calhoun

Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology); Medical Director, Sickle Cell Program



Cecelia Calhoun, MD, MPHS, MBA, is an Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology) in the Clinician-Scientist Track and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hematology/ Oncology). Dr. Calhoun cares for adolescents and young adults with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) as part of the Smilow Cancer Hospital Pediatric and Adult Hematology Programs and is Medical Director of the Sickle Cell Program.

Dr. Calhoun uses mixed methods to find solutions to the educational and healthcare obstacles critical to the longevity of adolescents with sickle cell disease. She has dedicated her career to the design and implementation of evidence-based interventions that promote successful transition from youth to adult care for the sickle cell population. As an NIH funded investigator she collaborates with her hematology colleagues across the nation to use Implementation Science methods to improve outcomes for patients with sickle cell disease throughout their lifespans.

Born in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Calhoun graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Afro-American Studies and Medical Doctorate from Wayne State University. She continued her training at Michigan State University as a pediatric resident, then fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine where she also completed a Master of Population Health Sciences. She received her MBA as one of three, inaugural Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellows in Minority Health Leadership at Yale University.

Education & Training

  • MBA
    Yale University, School of Management (2021)
  • Saunders-Watkins Leadership Workshop
    National Institutes of Health (2018)
  • Advocacy Leadership Institute
    American Society of Hematology (2018)
  • Clinical Research Training Institute
    American Society of Hematology (2018)
  • MPHS
    Washington University in St Louis, Population Health Science (2017)
  • Clinical Fellow
    Washington University School of Medicine (2017)
  • Pediatric Resident
    Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners-Michigan State University (2014)
  • MD
    Wayne State University, Medicine (2011)
  • BA
    University of Michigan, Afro American Studies (2006)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Guardian of ChildhoodSt Louis Children’s Hospital2021
Dean's Mission & Impact AwardYale School of Management2021
Faculty Diversity Scholars AwardWashington University School of Medicine2021
Loan Repayment Program in Pediatric ResearchNational Institutes of Health2019
Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health LeadershipCommonwealth Fund-Yale University School of Management2019
American Society of Hematology Clinical Research Training InstituteAmerican Society of Hematology2017
Genevieve Hitchman Memorial ScholarshipWayne State University School of Medicine2006
Minority Health International Research Training Fogarty FellowshipNational Institutes of Health2005
Delta Epsilon Iota National Honors FraternityUniversity of Michigan2002

Professional Service

NIH Special Emphasis panel on HEAL: Advancing Equity in Pain and ComorbiditiesReviewer2022
American Academy of PediatricsFellow2022 - Present
Blood AdvancesReviewer2021 - Present
Sickle Cell Disease Association of America- Southern Connecticut Chapter, Sickle Cell Disease Association of America- Southern Connecticut ChapterAdvisor2021 - Present
National Medical AssociationMember2020 - Present
JAMA Network OpenReviewer2020 - Present
Neuro-Heme Consortium 2 (NHC2) Study DSMBCo-Chair2019 - Present
Journal of Clinical MedicineReviewer2019 - Present
American Society of Hematology Clinical Research Training Institute Steering SubcommitteeCommittee Member2018 - 2021
Sickle Cell Quality and Operations Committee, Barnes Jewish HospitalMember2018 - 2021
Inhaled Mometasone to Promote Reduction in Vaso-occlusive Events 2 (IMPROVE2) Study DSMBCommittee Member2018 - Present
Community Sickle Cell InitiativeCommittee Member2018 - 2020
Sickle Cell Disease Implementation Consortium-Needs Assessment Subcommittee, NIH NHLBICo-Chair2016 - 2017

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