Dr. Wanda Whitten-Shurney is currently the CEO and Medical Director for the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, Michigan Chapter (SCDAAMI.) The mission of the organization is to maximize the quality of life of individuals living with sickle cell disease, educate the public and help young people who are at risk for having a child with sickle cell disease make informed decisions with respect to family planning. She is also a pediatrician at the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Clinic at Children’s Hospital of Michigan where she has provided compassionate care for children with sickle cell disease for over 30 years. She has a particular interest in patient education and providing coping strategies for families once they learn of their baby’s condition.
The SCDAAMI serves as the coordinating center for the Newborn Sickle Cell Screening Program for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and has been responsible for confirmatory testing, education, and initiation of life saving treatment of close to 2,000 newborns. She serves on the Medical and Research Advisory Committee and Chairs the Executive Leadership Council for the National SCDAA. She was recently appointed to the National Institute of Health’s Advisory Committee for sickle cell disease.
She was exposed early to the sickle cell movement as her father Charles F. Whitten co-founded the National Association for Sickle Cell Disease. One of the highlights of her career was presenting the Charles F. Whitten Lecture at the National SCDAA meeting in 2007 with her father in the audience.
Dr. Shurney, a product of the Detroit Public School system, won first prize for her project on sickle cell disease at the Durfee junior high school science fair. She completed her undergraduate work at the University of Michigan and attended Medical School at Howard University. She received her pediatric residency training at Children’s Hospital of Michigan and spent a year in their Hematology Oncology Fellowship.
Dr. Shurney is the mother of two children Cameron, 27 and Simone, 30. She enjoys networking at sickle cell conferences, movies, traveling and ballroom dancing.
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