Simone Appenzeller, M.D., PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Neurology, at the State University of Campinas

 Sonja Banks
Former President and CEO
Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc.

Ken Bridges, M.D.
Vice President of Global Blood Therapeutics

Sherrill Brown, M.D.
Assistant Clinical Professor, Internal Medicine; University of California Davis Medical Center

Reverend Betty Clark, M.A.
Founding Pastor, the Church Without Walls

Thomas Coates, M.D.
Division Head of Hematology
Director, Sickle Cell and Hemoglobinopathy Program, Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Professor, Pediatrics and Pathology at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine

Marissa Cors
Panelist

Farron Dozier
Founder, WhatzDaCount

Beverley Francis-Gibson, B.A., M.A.
President and CEO, Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Inc.

Ann Gentry
Founder, Real Food Daily

Gary Gibson
President and CEO, Martin Center Sickle Cell Initiative

Kalpna Gupta, M.D.
Professor of Medicine and Co-Leader, Molecular and Cellular Engineering Program at the Institute for Engineering in Medicine, University of Minnesota Medical School

Shabreon Howard
Panelist

Brandon Johnson
Panelist

Gary Johnson
Panelist

Jon Hirshon, M.D., PhD, MPH, FACEP, FAAEM, FACPM
Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine and in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine

Senior Vice-Chairman of the University of Maryland’s, Baltimore, Institutional Review Board Title

Theopia Jackson, PhD.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Program Chair, Clinical Psychology, Saybrook University in Oakland, California

Cage Johnson, M.D.
Professor Emeritus of Medicine and of Physiology & Biophysics at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

Director, Adult Sickle Cell Center at LAC+USC Medical Center

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Gregory Kato, M.D.
Director, Sickle Cell Center of Excellence, Vascular Medicine Institute, University of Pittsburgh

Director of the Adult Sickle Cell Center at the Pittsburgh Heart, Lung, Blood and Vascular Medicine Institute and Professor of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh

Vernell Lucas, DC
Chiropractic Rehabilitation Specialist

Sarah Martin, PhD.
Postdoctoral Fellow
UCLA Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care Program

Cecil McLinn, M.S.
Patient Advocate

Tamika Moseley
Herbalist, Author

Carol Penn, D.O., M.A.
Medical Director
Quality Community Health Center

Phuong-Thu Pham, M.D.
Nephrologist
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center

Lauren Ragan, M.A., M.T.-B.C.
Music Therapist

Nancy Rene, M.S.
Advocate, Retired Educator

Simon Robertson
CEO, Kind VR

Carolyn Rowley, Ph.D.
Founder and Executive Director
Cayenne Wellness Center

Adrienne Scott, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology
Wilmer Eye Institute
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Adrienne Shapiro
Founder
Axis Advocacy

Wally Smith, MD
Director
Virginia Commonwealth University Adult Sickle Cell Program

Marsha Treadwell, PhD
Clinical Psychologist
Director
Northern California, Network of Care for Sickle Cell Disease

Elliott Vichinsky, M.D.
Medical Director, Hematology/Oncology
UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland
KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Theodore Wun, M.D.
Associate Dean for Research, PI/Director, UC Davis Clinical and Translations Science Center

Chief, Division of Hematology Oncology at the UC Davis School of Medicine

Melissa Welles, C.N.H.P.
Nutritionist
Natural Body Repair