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Dr. Ifeyinwa (Ify) Osunkwo

She is boardcertified in pediatric hematology/oncology and bone marrow transplantation with over twenty-eight years of clinical and research experience focused specifically on sickle cell disease, public health, and access to care for disparity populations. 

In her role, Dr Osunkwo is accountable for the establishment and operational oversight of a decentralized care model for over 1,400 adults with sickle cell disease across North and South Carolina. During her career she has built a reputation for clinical excellence, innovative strategic thinking, and a deep passionate commitment to improving clinical outcomes beyond the individual patient to embrace changes in systems of care that will benefit the entire population of patients she cares for. Dr. Osunkwo believes that every individual living with sickle cell disease deserves basic access to care as a fundamental human right and has dedicated her career efforts to pragmatically improve access to care for SCD both locally, nationally, and globally.


Dr. Osunkwo’s interests include operationalizing strategies to achieve care delivery for individuals with hemoglobinopathies including sickle cell disease in resource challenged populations and implementation strategies of proven simple interventions so that every patient every time receives consistent care. She holds a medical degree from the University of Nigeria and a Master’s in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. Dr Osunkwo completed her pediatric residency from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation Fellowship from Columbia University, New York. She has completed certificate programs in health care leadership from Harvard university and strives to leverage cross-stakeholder collaboration to achieve sustainable care models for low resource populations.

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