The Division of Hematology will have a new Director beginning July 1.

Russell Ware, MD, PhD, will assume that post, as well as that of Executive Co-Director of the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute. He will also serve as Associate Director of the Center for Child Global Health.

Ware’s research interests focus on sickle cell disease, especially the use of hydroxyurea to ameliorate symptoms of the condition, including the prevention of stroke and managing iron overload, while improving quality of life. His efforts extend to treating sickle cell disease in Africa, leading to his focus in global child health. He is well funded by the NIH and several foundations for this work.

Ware received his medical degree from Duke University and completed his pediatric residency at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital. He completed a fellowship in pediatric hematology and oncology, and a PhD in Immunology, at Duke University. Russell began his academic career at Duke before moving to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, then Baylor, where he served as chief of hematology.