Cecelia Calhoun  calhounc@wustl.edu

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Instructor in Pediatrics, Hematology and Oncology
Hematology and Oncology

phone: (314) 454-6018

Clinical Interests

My research interests include conducting health services research to inform interventions and improve transitions of care for adolescents and young adults with sickle disease (SCD). My immediate research interests focus on the relationship between health literacy, self-management and cognition in the adolescent and young adult SCD population using validated measures with the intent of developing concrete and readily implementable interventions to improve transition from adult to pediatric care.


  • BA, University of Michigan2006
  • MD, Wayne State University2011
  • MSPH, Washington University in St Louis2017
  • MBA, Yale University School of Management2021


  • Pediatric Resident, Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners-Michigan State University 2011 - 2014
  • Clinical Fellow, Washington University School of Medicine2014 - 2017
  • Clinical Research Training Institute, American Society of Hematology 2017 - 2018
  • Saunders-Watkins Leadership Workshop, National Institutes of Health2018 - 2018
  • Advocacy Leadership Institute, American Society of Hematology 2018 - 2018

Licensure and Board Certification

  • 2015Missouri State Board of Registration for the Healing Arts
  • 2017American Board of Pediatrics

Honors and Awards

  • Delta Epsilon Iota National Honors Fraternity, University of Michigan2002
  • Genevieve Hitchman Memorial Scholarship, Wayne State University2006
  • Guardian of Childhood, St Louis Children’s Hospital2016
  • Trainee, American Society of Hematology Clinical Research Training Institute2017
  • NIH NHLBI Loan Repayment Program in Pediatric Research2019
  • Pozen-Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Leadership2019

Recent Publications view all (7)

Publication Co-Authors

  1. Intentional and unintentional nonadherence to hydroxyurea among people with sickle cell disease: a qualitative study. Blood Adv. 2020;4(18):4463-4473. PMID:32941646 
  2. Integration of Mobile Health Into Sickle Cell Disease Care to Increase Hydroxyurea Utilization: Protocol for an Efficacy and Implementation Study Sickle Cell Disease Implementation Consortium. 2020;9(7):e16319. doi:doi: 10.2196/16319  PMID:32442144 
  3. Perceptions of US Adolescents and Adults With Sickle Cell Disease on Their Quality of Care. JAMA Netw Open. 2020;3(5):e206016. PMID:32469413 
  4. Implementation of an educational intervention to optimize self-management and transition readiness in young adults with sickle cell disease. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2019;66(7):e27722. PMCID:PMC6529244  PMID:30907500 
  5. Maternal T-Cell Engraftment Interferes With Human Leukocyte Antigen Typing in Severe Combined Immunodeficiency. Am J Clin Pathol. 2016;145(2):251-7. PMCID:PMC4901308  PMID:26834123 
  6. Optimism/pessimism and health-related quality of life during pregnancy across three continents: a matched cohort study in China, Ghana, and the United States. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2009;9:39. PMCID:PMC2744663  PMID:19723332 
  7. Quality of life, optimism/pessimism, and knowledge and attitudes toward HIV Screening among pregnant women in Ghana. Womens Health Issues. 2008;18(4):301-9. PMCID:PMC2495053  PMID:18485737 
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