Overview

Overview

The Hematology team is part of the Department of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, and Blood and Marrow Transplantation at Cleveland Clinic Children’s. The team provides inpatient and outpatient services for children and adolescents with all hematologic disorders that are not malignant.*

Outpatients can be seen in three locations: Cleveland Clinic Main Campus, Fairview Hospital, and Hillcrest Hospital. Clinical hematology laboratories are located at all three locations as well as various other conveniently located Cleveland Clinic Family Health Centers. We have many clinical trials as well, including BMT trials for hemoglionopathies.

Inpatients are admitted to Cleveland Clinic Children’s and are seen daily by the attending physician as well as a team of residents. Hematologists will arrange consultations with physicians in other subspecialties as needed for your child’s condition.

At Cleveland Clinic Children’s, your family will have access to social work and other support services within the Department of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology, and Blood and Marrow Transplantation. We will also work with your child’s referring physicians to keep them informed about your child’s diagnosis and treatment so they can remain part of your child’s care team.

What We Treat

What We Treat

The Hematology team treats a wide variety of hematological disorders. Some of the more common conditions we treat are:

Anemia

Anemia happens when there aren’t enough healthy red blood cells in the body. It can be caused by many things, including nutritional disorders, blood loss, destruction of red blood cells, medical treatments, and inherited conditions.

Blood Clots

Blood clotting is an important process that prevents excessive bleeding when a blood vessel is injured. Typically, your body will naturally dissolve the blood clot after the injury is healed. Sometimes, however, clots form on the inside of vessels without an obvious injury or do not dissolve naturally, which can be dangerous.

Deep Vein Thrombosis

Also called DVT, deep vein thrombosis is the formation of a blood clot within a deep vein, most commonly the legs.  These can be especially dangerous because they may lead to pulmonary embolus.

G6PD Deficiency

An inherited condition, G6PD deficiency is when someone doesn’t have enough of the enzyme glucose 6 phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD), which protects red blood cells. Certain triggers can lead to anemia in children who have G6PD.

Hemophilia and von Willebrand disease

Hemophilia and von Willebrand disease are bleeding disorders that prevent the blood from clotting properly. With modern treatment, most children who have these conditions can lead full, healthy lives.

  • To learn about our Hemophilia Comprehensive Program, click here.

Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)

ITP causes low levels of the blood cells that prevent bleeding (platelets). ITP may occur when the immune system mistakenly attacks platelets.

Iron Deficiency

Iron helps the body carry oxygen in the blood and plays a key role in brain and muscle function. Too little iron can lead to iron deficiency anemia.

Neutropenia

Neutropenia is an abnormally low concentration of neutrophils (a type of white blood cell) in the blood. Neutrophils make up the majority of circulating white blood cells and serve as the primary defense against infections. Patients with neutropenia are more susceptible to bacterial infections.

Sickle Cell Disease

Sickle cell disease is a blood disorder that causes red blood cells to change shape and cause problems. Thanks to advancements in early diagnosis and treatment, most children born with sickle cell disease grow up to live active, healthy, and productive lives.

  • To learn about our Sickle Cell and Thalassemia Comprehensive Program, click here.

Thrombocytopenia

Thrombocytopenia is a condition characterized by abnormally low levels of thrombocytes, also known as platelets, in the blood.

Thrombocytosis

Thrombocytosis is a condition characterized by abnormally high levels of thrombocytes, also known as platelets, in the blood.

Comprehensive Programs

Comprehensive Programs

Sickle Cell and Thalassemia Comprehensive Program

Bringing together a comprehensive team of physicians and healthcare professionals with expert knowledge in sickle cell disease, the Sickle Cell and Thalassemia Comprehensive Program works with children (ages 2 to 26) and their families to develop strategies and create plans for living a healthy life. The comprehensive clinic is held once a quarter.

What To Expect

During your visit you will meet members of the Sickle Cell and Thalassemia Comprehensive team, including:

  • A hematologist, pulmonologist, and/or nurse practitioner – who will address your child’s medical needs.
  • A registered dietician – who can help you with healthy meal planning and eating goals.
    • Gwen Barron, RD
    • Sara Bewley, RD
  • A social worker – to help you and your child create strategies for coping with sickle cell disease.
    • Milvon Wright, MSW
  • A child life specialist – who will help your child work through tougher parts of the visit, such as lab draws.
    • Diana Swinehart, CCLS

During the visit, patients may also visit other specialties such as ophthalmology. Follow-up visits may be scheduled with each team at the time of the clinic.

Hemophilia Comprehensive Program

The team will bring together a comprehensive team of physicians and healthcare professionals with expert knowledge in hemophilia to work with children (ages 2 to 18) and their families to keep them healthy. The comprehensive clinic is held twice a year.

What To Expect

During your visit you will meet members of the Sickle Cell and Thalassemia Comprehensive team, including:

  • A hematologist and/or nurse practitioner – who will address your child’s medical needs.
  • A physical therapist – who will help to maintain your child’s joint health.
    • Kathleen Finnan
  • A registered dietician – who can help you with healthy meal planning and eating goals.
    • Gwen Barron, RD
    • Sara Bewley, RD
  • A social worker – to help you and your child create strategies for coping with hemophilia.
    • Milvon Wright, MSW
  • A child life specialist – who will help your child work through tougher parts of the visit, such as lab draws.
    • Diana Swinehart, CCLS

During the visit, patients may also visit other specialties as the team sees fit. Follow-up visits may be scheduled with each team at the time of the clinic.

Staff

Staff

Grace Onimoe , MD
Associate Staff
Genine Smarzo , CNP
Certified Nurse Practitioner

Other Providers

Milvon Wright, MSW - Dedicated Hematology Social Worker

Appointments

Appointments

For information or to make an appointment, please call 216.444.5517.

Locations

Members of our Hematology Team can be seen at the following Cleveland Clinic Locations:

Cleveland Clinic Main Campus
9500 Euclid Ave
Main Clinic Building, 2nd Floor
Cleveland, OH 44195

Fairview Medical Office Building – Coming January 2018!
18099 Lorain Ave, 2nd Floor
Cleveland, OH 44111

Hillcrest Medical Office Building II
6801 Mayfield Road, 2nd Floor
Mayfield Heights, OH 44124