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Courtney Fitzhugh, MD
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
10 Center Dr
Bethesda, Maryland, United States
Courtney Fitzhugh received her B.S. magna cum laude from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1996, and her M.D. from the University of California, San Francisco in 2001. She is a member of the American Society of Hematology. Dr. Fitzhugh is exploring new avenues of hematopoietic stem cell (HSC) transplantation for sickle cell disease (SCD), while also studying the currently underexplored cardiovascular complications arising due to this genetic blood disorder. Dr. Fitzhugh is also conducting a half-matched protocol to increase the number of people eligible for HSC transplantation.
The current procedure requires a fully HLA-matched sibling donor, and less than 20% of SCD patients would qualify. Dr. Fitzhugh is examining why SCD patients develop heart disease, and what can be done to prevent or possibly even reverse heart-related complications in this population. Through these joint avenues of research, Dr. Fitzhugh’s group is finding new avenues to help people with SCD live longer and healthier lives. Dr. Fitzhugh is also interested in learning more about death due to this disease.
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