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James Casella, M.D.

James Casella

Professor, Pediatrics and Oncology

Chief, Division of Pediatric Hematology

Director, Basic and Translational Research Program and Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center at Johns Hopkins

Director, Comprehensive Hemophilia Treatment Center at Johns Hopkins




Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine    
Ross 1125 
720 Rutland Avenue   
Baltimore, Maryland 21205 


Medical School: 
MD SUNY – Upstate Medical Center

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine – Pediatrics

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine – Pediatrics, Oncology

Special Interests:

Inherited blood disorders
Sickle cell

Central nervous system complications of sickle cell disease


Johns Hopkins' Rainey Professor of Pediatric Hematology James F. Casella is chief of the Division of Pediatric Hematology at Hopkins Children's and director of the Basic and Translational Research Program in Sickle Cell Disease, Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center and the Maryland Hemophilia Treatment Center at Johns Hopkins.

At Hopkins, he supervises several labs investigating the cellular and molecular basis of pediatric blood-borne diseases. He is seeking to develop better treatments for sickle cell disease and the prevention of central nervous system complications of this disorder, including stroke. 

A member of the faculty since 1983, he has been awarded the Alexander "Buck" Schaffer Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Teaching of House Officers. He and a colleague created the Johns Hopkins/St. Agnes Comprehensive Hemophilia Clinic to improve care for patients with the disease.

Casella received his medical degree from MD SUNY-Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, N.Y., and completed a residency in pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where he was subsequently a fellow in hematology/oncology. A research scientist, as well as a clinician, he co-directs the hematology/oncology fellowship program at Johns Hopkins Hospital and is an adjunct senior investigator (Pediatric Oncology Branch) in the Division of Clinical Sciences, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health. He is also director of the NHLBI-funded K12 in benign hematology program at Johns Hopkins that trains young clinician/investigators in benign hematology and transfusion medicine.

Phone: 410-955 6132

Fax: 410-955-8208

Email: jcasell1@jhmi.edu

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James Casella