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Director, Division of Hematology

Institute Co-Director, Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute

Director, Global Health Center                                     

Marjory J. Johnson Chair of Hematology Translational Research

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

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My Biography & Research

Biography

As a practicing pediatric hematologist for 30 years, I provide care for children with a wide variety of hematological disorders. My primary focus is the evaluation and management of care for children with sickle cell anemia and other hemolytic anemias. I also treat children who present with other forms of anemia, as well as neutropenia or thrombocytopenia.

When I began my career, there were almost no treatments available for sickle cell anemia. We now have many new diagnostic tools and novel approaches to help improve our young patients' lives. I have always enjoyed providing direct clinical care as well as performing laboratory investigations that lead to more effective care and improved outcomes for our children.

My research goals are to determine the best ways to use hydroxyurea for children with sickle cell anemia and to understand why some children respond better than others. I’m investigating the genetic basis for treatment outcomes and hope to optimize hydroxyurea treatment for each patient. Transforming the clinical care of children with sickle cell anemia across the world, through the widespread use of hydroxyurea, is my long-term research goal.

Our studies include both translational and clinical research. I have led several National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded trials of hydroxyurea to prevent stroke in children with sickle cell anemia, demonstrating the efficacy of this simple daily oral medication. I’m also investigating the use of hydroxyurea in low-resource settings, focusing on sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. Our exciting results have shown the feasibility, safety and benefits of hydroxyurea in these settings, which could potentially transform the treatment landscape for sickle cell anemia worldwide. Some of my research trials also include point-of-care diagnostics and optimizing hydroxyurea treatment through individualized dosing.

Improving the care and health of children with sickle cell anemia has been a rewarding career goal. However, taking what we have learned in the United States and bringing this knowledge to low-resource countries has been even more gratifying. With support from the Cincinnati Children's Research Foundation, we have established productive global partnerships with local partners in six sub-Saharan countries and two Caribbean islands. These collaborations are changing the approach to diagnosing and treating sickle cell anemia worldwide.

Academic Affiliation

Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Divisions

Cancer and Blood Diseases, Sickle Cell and Hemoglobin Disorders, Hematology, Cancer and Blood Diseases, Global Health



Blog Posts

In NEJM: Dose Escalation Best Approach for Sickle Cell Med in Africa

Rare Diseases

In NEJM: Dose Escalation Best Approach for Sickle Cell Med in Africa

Russell E. Ware, MD, PhD6/25/2020

Moms with Sickle Cell Anemia Can Take Life-Saving Med and Breastfeed Baby

Rare Diseases

Moms with Sickle Cell Anemia Can Take Life-Saving Med and Breastfeed Baby

Russell E. Ware, MD, PhD3/30/2020

Our 2019 Research Annual Report

Genomics and Development

Our 2019 Research Annual Report

Russell E. Ware, MD, PhD, John Hogenesch, PhD ...2/4/2020

Sickle Cell Breakthrough: A Pill to Replace Blood Transfusions

Rare Diseases

Sickle Cell Breakthrough: A Pill to Replace Blood Transfusions

Russell E. Ware, MD, PhD6/28/2019

My Locations

My Education

MD: Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, 1979-83.

Residency: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 1983-86.

Fellowship: Duke Medical Center, Durham, NC, 1986-89.

PhD: Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC, 1987-91.

Certification: Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.

My Publications

Hydroxyurea Dose Escalation for Sickle Cell Anemia in Sub-Saharan Africa. John, CC; Opoka, RO; Latham, TS; Hume, HA; Nabaggala, C; Kasirye, P; Ndugwa, CM; Lane, A; Ware, RE. The New England journal of medicine. 2020; 382:2524-2533.

Hydroxyurea to lower transcranial Doppler velocities and prevent primary stroke: The Uganda NOHARM sickle cell anemia cohort. Opoka, RO; Hume, HA; Latham, TS; Lane, A; Williams, O; Tymon, J; Nakafeero, M; Kasirye, P; Ndugwa, CM; John, CC; et al. Haematologica: the hematology journal. 2020; 105:e272-e275.

Effective use of hydroxyurea for sickle cell anemia in low-resource countries. Power-Hays, A; Ware, RE. Current Opinion in Hematology. 2020; 27:172-180.

Perceived benefits and risks of participation in a clinical trial for Ugandan children with sickle cell anemia. Carman, AS; Sautter, C; Anyanwu, JN; Ssemata, AS; Opoka, RO; Ware, RE; Rujumba, J; John, CC. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2020; 67.

Zinc for Infection Prevention in Sickle Cell Anemia (ZIPS): study protocol for a randomized placebo-controlled trial in Ugandan children with sickle cell anemia. Datta, D; Namazzi, R; Conroy, AL; Cusick, SE; Hume, HA; Tagoola, A; Ware, RE; Opoka, RO; John, CC. Trials. 2019; 20.

Newborn screening with sickle cell point of care: A valuable resource in low-income settings. Ware, RE; Odame, I. Pediatrics. 2019; 144:e20191681-e20191681.

A Phase 3 Randomized Trial of Voxelotor in Sickle Cell Disease. Vichinsky, E; Hoppe, CC; Ataga, KI; Ware, RE; Nduba, V; El-Beshlawy, A; Hassab, H; Achebe, MM; Alkindi, S; Brown, RC; et al. The New England journal of medicine. 2019; 381:509-519.

Hydroxyurea for children with sickle cell anemia: Prescribe it early and often. Ware, RE; McGann, PT; Quinn, CT. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2019; 66.

Robust clinical and laboratory response to hydroxyurea using pharmacokinetically guided dosing for young children with sickle cell anemia. McGann, PT; Niss, O; Dong, M; Marahatta, A; Howard, TA; Mizuno, T; Lane, A; Kalfa, TA; Malik, P; Quinn, CT; et al. American Journal of Hematology. 2019; 94:871-879.

Sickle cell screening in Uganda: High burden, human immunodeficiency virus comorbidity, and genetic modifiers. Kiyaga, C; Hernandez, AG; Ssewanyana, I; Schaefer, BA; McElhinney, KE; Ndeezi, G; Howard, TA; Ndugwa, CM; Ware, RE; Aceng, JR. Pediatric Blood and Cancer. 2019; 66.