Hereditary Spherocytosis

Meet the Team

Physicians on staff at Children’s who treat children with hereditary spherocytosis (HS) and other blood disorders are recognized by their peers as leaders in their fields of expertise. Their positions on the faculty at one of the United States’ top medical schools, UT Southwestern Medical Center, and their published research on hereditary spherocytosis and other anemias mean that pediatric hematologists from all over the country look to them as experts.

In addition to hereditary spherocytosis, other focus areas and expertise among staff specialists include aplastic anemia and other bone marrow failure syndromes such as Diamond Blackfan anemia and Fanconi anemia.

DoctorGeorgeBuchananGeorge Buchanan, M.D.

Dr. George Buchanan is a world-renowned expert in disorders of the blood such as hereditary spherocytosis. He is considered a pioneer in the diagnosis and treatment of sickle cell disease, another form of anemia, and has more than 30 years of experience in treating children with blood disorders of all kinds. In addition to his role as medical director of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s, Dr. Buchanan is a professor of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center, holds the Children’s Cancer Fund Distinguished Chair in Pediatric Oncology and Hematology and is director of the Barrett Family Center for Pediatric Oncology at UT Southwestern. His awards include the 2007 Distinguished Career Award from the American Society of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and the 2008 Mentoring Award in Clinical Research from the American Society of Hematology.

Dr. Buchanan received his medical degree from the University of Chicago and did his residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He undertook fellowships at Children’s Hospital, Boston, in Hematology and at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston in Pediatric Oncology. Dr. Buchanan is board-certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology-Oncology.

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DoctorShelleyCraryShelley Crary, M.D.

Dr. Shelley Crary is an assistant professor of Pediatrics at UT Southwestern Medical Center and attended Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans. She did her residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Pediatrics and her fellowship at UT Southwestern in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology. Dr. Crary is board-certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology-Oncology. Her clinical interests include hereditary spherocytosis and other non-malignant hematological disorders; infection-associated thrombosis; long-term complications of splenectomy; and pediatric disorders of thrombosis and hemostasis.

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Read more about other members of the Children’s hematology-oncology staff.