World Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Symposium

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Memorial Healthcare System is hosting the Building a Bridge to Better Health through Awareness, Education and Compassion in Recognition of World Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Month virtual symposium designed for caregivers and patients with sickle cell anemia.

Participants* will walk away with a greater understanding of sickle cell disease, and knowledge about how to provide greater care and empathy to those affected by the disease.

*Registration Note: Memorial Healthcare System employees must register via Aspire, not Eventbrite.


8:30 am | Introduction

Vanessa Nazario, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

8:40 am | Keynote Speaker Introduction

Todra Anderson-Rhodes, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Memorial Hospital Miramar

8:50 am | Keynote Speaker

Tiffani Houston, MD, PhD

Healthcare Disparities in Sickle Cell Disease Patients

9:55 am | New Treatments for Sickle Cell Disease

Michel Vulfovich, MD, Medical Director, Sickle Cell Services, Memorial Healthcare System

10:25 am | Break

10:40 am | Improving Sickle Cell Disease Outcomes Through Education

Jessica Jacques, APRN, Supervisor - Advanced Practice Providers

11:15 am | Sickle Cell Disease: Opioid Naivety vs. Tolerance

Brittney Romer, PharmD, PGY2 Pharmacy Resident

11:50 am | Patient Advocates and Caregivers Panel

Moderator: Dr. Tiffani Houston


  • Todra Anderson-Rhodes, MD, Chief Medical Officer, Memorial Hospital Miramar
  • Joyce Brownlee, APRN, SCD Clinic
  • Evelyn Gonzalez, MSN, RN, SCD patient
  • Kemba Gosier, Certified Sickle Cell Counselor & Educator, A.S.A.P. President
  • Kristen John, Biomedical Research Scientist, A.S.A.P Legislative Board Member, SCD Warrior and Patient Advocate
  • Randy Katz, MD, Assistant District Medical Director of Emergency Services, Memorial Healthcare System
  • Margaretta L. Kearson, PharmD, BCPS, Clinical Pharmacy Manager
  • Daryl Nealy, SCD patient

12:45 pm | Closing Remarks, Clinical

Dr. Todra Anderson-Rhodes

12:50 pm | Closing Remarks, MHS

Vanessa Nazario


Memorial Healthcare System is an approved provider of Nursing and Respiratory Therapy Continuing Education, CE Broker Provider 50-1317. This symposium is approved for 2.5 Nursing and Respiratory contact hours.


Memorial Healthcare System is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.


In accordance with the Standards for Commercial Support issued by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), Memorial Healthcare System mitigates all conflicts of interest to ensure CME activities are free of commercial bias. Disclosures will be published in the course materials.