Blood Disorders

At Winship, our experienced hematologists are leaders in designing strategies that help patients manage a variety of complex blood disorders.

Our team of hematologists is available to help you find the best treatment plan for any number of blood disorders, including thalassemia, hemophilia, von Willebrand disease, thrombotic thrombocytopenia purpura, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome and immune thrombocytopenia.

Treating nearly 1,000 hematological patients a year, our experts draw on Winship's vast resources in hematology, as well as other experts at Emory, to provide the newest, most effective practices and treatments. As specialists, our teams develop groundbreaking treatments that produce better outcomes and are adopted by other leading hematology programs.

Our specialized hematology program offers services at several practice sites, including Emory University Hospital Midtown, Winship Cancer Institute (Clifton Campus) and Grady Memorial Hospital. Winship community oncologists practice general hematology at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, focusing on the diagnosis and treatment of high or low blood cells and uncomplicated venous thromboembolism.

Our multidisciplinary and highly experienced teams benefit patients by offering:

  • Access to physicians who rank among the top hematology experts in the world.
  • Weekly review of patient cases by the full team of experts.
  • Coordinated scheduling for appointments among various specialties.
  • Availability of new treatment options within our clinical trials program.

Bleeding Disorders Program

The bleeding disorders program delivers multidisciplinary care to patients with inherited and some acquired bleeding disorders. The team works closely with colleagues at Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, to provide our youngest patients with a seamless transition from pediatric to adult care.

Both the adult and pediatric bleeding disorders program are part of the Hemophilia of Georgia Center for Bleeding & Clotting Disorders of Emory.

Request an Appointment

If you have been diagnosed or are suspected of having a blood disorder, we are ready to help you. Call us at 1 (888) 946-7447 or (404) 778-1900 to make an appointment. Winship experts are also available to provide a second opinion.

We understand that this is a very stressful time. We welcome your questions and requests for help. Learn what to expect on your first visit.

If you have been diagnosed with a blood cancer, please visit our leukemia, lymphoma or multiple myeloma pages to learn about your treatment options.

Sickle Cell Treatment

Located at Grady Memorial Hospital, the Georgia Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center at Grady is the comprehensive primary care clinic for patients with sickle cell syndromes. It offers coordinated and comprehensive care through a dedicated multidisciplinary team. This program also works closely with the Sickle Cell Program at Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, to support smooth transition from pediatric to adult care.

For access to comprehensive sickle cell care at Georgia Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center at Grady, please call (404) 616-3388.

A complete workup may include a physical exam, blood work and imaging tests.

For patients with biopsies performed at outside facilities, the tissue samples are re-evaluated by Winship hematopathologists to confirm the diagnosis.

The most common blood disorders we treat at our clinics include:

  • Thrombotic disorders, including deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism
  • Thrombophilias, such as antithrombin deficiency, protein C and S deficiency, antiphospholipid syndrome
  • Bleeding disorders, including hemophilia, von Willebrand's disease, platelet function defects and hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT)
  • Hemolytic anemia such as cold agglutinin disease, hereditary spherocytosis, autoimmune hemolytic anemia and thalassemia
  • Platelet disorders including immune thrombocytopenia and MHY9-related disorders
  • Thrombotic microangiopathies, including thrombotic thrombocytopenia purpura and atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS)
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Christine L. Kempton MD, MSc

  • Hematologist
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Christine L. Kempton MD, MSc

Christine L. Kempton MD, MSc

  • Dr. Kempton is a national leader in the care of patients with bleeding and thrombotic disorders.
  • Director, Emory/CHOA Hemophilia Treatment Center, Emory University School of Medicine; Vice Chair for Faculty Development, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Abeer N. AbouYabis MD

  • Hematologist
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Abeer N. AbouYabis MD

Abeer N. AbouYabis MD

Ana Antun MD, MSc

  • Hematologist
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Ana Antun MD, MSc

Ana Antun MD, MSc

  • Dr. Antun's clinical and research interests focus on benign hematology specializing in thrombosis, bleeding disorders and thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura.
  • Section Co-Chief, Hematology and Medical Oncology, Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • (404) 778-1900

Lorraine Cafuir MD

  • Hematologist
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Lorraine Cafuir MD

Lorraine Cafuir MD

Fuad El Rassi MD

  • Hematologist
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Fuad El Rassi MD

Fuad El Rassi MD

  • A board certified hematologist, Fuad El Rassi, MD treats patients with sickle cell disease, anemia and other blood disorders.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 616-3388

Manila Gaddh MD

  • Hematologist
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Manila Gaddh MD

Manila Gaddh MD

Morgan L. McLemore MD

  • Hematologist
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Morgan L. McLemore MD

Morgan L. McLemore MD

  • Dr. McLemore specializes in treating patients with myelodysplastic syndrome, aplastic anemia and other blood disorders.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

"Bobby" Duc Q. Tran, Jr. MD, MSc

  • Hematologist
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"Bobby" Duc Q. Tran, Jr. MD, MSc

"Bobby" Duc Q. Tran, Jr. MD, MSc

Ahmad H. Al-Hajj MD

  • Community Oncologist
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Ahmad H. Al-Hajj MD

Ahmad H. Al-Hajj MD

  • Dr. Al-Hajj is a community oncologist treating patients with cancer at Emory Johns Creek Hospital and Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD
Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD

Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD

  • A Registered Dietitian, Ms. Boyea provides blood cancer patients who are undergoing treatment at Winship with personalized nutrition advice.
  • Registered Dietitian, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-7991

Stephanie DeBragga MS, PA-C

  • Physician Assistant
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Stephanie DeBragga MS, PA-C

Stephanie DeBragga MS, PA-C

Alexander Duncan MD

  • Pathologist
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Alexander Duncan MD

Alexander Duncan MD

  • Dr. Duncan's clinical focus includes thrombophilia and congenital and acquired hemostasis.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Sarah C. Friend MD

  • Community Oncologist
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                                 Sarah C. Friend MD
Sarah C. Friend MD

Sarah C. Friend MD

  • A medical oncologist, Dr. Friend provides outstanding care for patients with breast cancer and hematologic disorders.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Jamie M. Goldman MD

  • Community Oncologist
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Jamie M. Goldman MD

Jamie M. Goldman MD

  • Dr. Goldman practices general medical oncology and hematology with a focus on treating patients with genitourinary cancer at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Noreen Khan MD

  • Community Oncologist
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Noreen Khan MD

Noreen Khan MD

Amina Naqvi MD

  • Community Oncologist
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Amina Naqvi MD

Amina Naqvi MD

  • A board certified medical oncologist, Dr. Naqvi treats patients with breast, gastrointestinal and gynecological cancer, and hematological malignancies and disorders.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Neela Natarajan MD

  • Community Oncologist
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Neela Natarajan MD

Neela Natarajan MD

  • A board certified medical oncologist, Dr. Natarajan sees patients with cancer at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

David D. Shepard MD

  • Community Oncologist
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David D. Shepard MD

David D. Shepard MD

Srinivas Sunkara MD

  • Community Oncologist
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Srinivas Sunkara MD

Srinivas Sunkara MD

Ajay Tadepalli MD

  • Community Oncologist
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Ajay Tadepalli MD

Ajay Tadepalli MD

  • Dr. Tadepalli is a community oncologist treating cancer patients at Emory Johns Creek Hospital and The Emory Clinic at Buford.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Meena Thirunavu MD

  • Community Oncologist
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Meena Thirunavu MD

Meena Thirunavu MD

  • Dr. Thirunavu specializes in the treatment of a wide range of oncologic and hematologic disorders with particular interest in breast cancer, lymphomas, cancer genetics and coagulation disorders.
  • Associate Director, Division of Community Oncology, Emory Johns Creek Hospital and Emory Buford Clinic
  • (404) 778-1900

Pepper Wilson RD, LD, CSO

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Pepper Wilson RD, LD, CSO
Pepper Wilson RD, LD, CSO

Pepper Wilson RD, LD, CSO

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