Johns Hopkins All Children's Sickle Cell Program

Meet Our Team

Hematology / Oncology

E. Leila Jerome Clay, M.D. Hematology / Oncology

Dr. Clay is director of the sickle cell program in the Johns Hopkins All Children's Cancer & Blood Disorders Institute. She is an assistant professor of internal medicine and pediatrics in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Clay treats children, adolescents and young adults with rare blood disorders such as sickle cell disease and thalassemia. Trained in both pediatrics and internal medicine, she plays the key role of a physician navigator in transitioning adolescents with these diseases to adult care. She has established her research in sickle cell disease where she studies the mechanistic contribution of vitamin D deficiency and its effects of disease manifestation of sickle cell disease as well as bone disease. Her primary professional objective is to translate her clinical research to the field.
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Jessica Wishnew, M.D. Hematology / Oncology

Dr. Wishnew specializes in pediatric hematology/oncology and serves as associate director of the sickle cell program in the Johns Hopkins All Children’s Cancer & Blood Disorders Institute. She joined the hospital staff in 2014. Dr. Wishnew earned her medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Wishnew trained in pediatrics through the residency program at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC and completed a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at Duke Children’s Hospital and Health Center.
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Lori Wilson, LCSW

Lori Wilson, LCSW



Dawn Gates, RN

Dawn Gates, RN



Kelly Lawless, RH, ARNP

Kelly Lawless, RH, ARNP


Psychiatry / Psychology

Melissa Faith, Ph.D. Psychiatry / Psychology

Dr. Faith is a clinical pediatric psychologist specializing in hematology/oncology at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. She received her master’s and doctorate degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Arkansas, completed a predoctoral internship in clinical child psychology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical psychology with an emphasis in pediatric hematology and oncology at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Dr. Faith’s research interests include disseminating evidence-based interventions in large medical and community centers (e.g., motivational interviewing) as well as emotion socialization, social adjustment, and sibling adjustment during and following childhood chronic illness. 
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