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Published in This Week on March 17, 2014

Pediatrics faculty welcome sickle cell expert

Rhodes_MelissaDr. Melissa M. Rhodes, assistant professor of pediatrics at the Ohio State University College of Medicine and director of the Comprehensive Sickle Cell and Thalassemia Center at Nationwide Children's Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, has joined the Medical Center faculty as an associate professor of pediatrics.

After receiving her B.S. in biology and B.A. in religion from Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Va., in 1995, Rhodes earned her M.D. at Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, in 1999. She did a pediatrics residency from 1999-2002 at Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters, Norfolk, Va., a pediatric hematology/oncology/BMT fellowship from 2002-05, and a research fellowship from 2005-06 at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn.

Rhodes joined the Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty in 2005 as an instructor in pediatrics and became an assistant professor of pediatrics there in 2007. In 2008, she moved to Ohio State University as an assistant professor of pediatrics.

A journal reviewer for several publications, including Blood, Pediatric Blood and Cancer, the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine and the BMT, Rhodes is the author or coauthor of 16 articles in peer-reviewed professional publications, two book chapters and 16 abstracts.

Her research interest includes lung function and bronchial responsiveness in infants and toddlers with sickle cell disease, health literacy and readiness for transition in adolescents with sickle cell disease, patent foramen ovale and stroke in sickle cell anemia and the potential role of Losartan to reverse sickle cell nephropathy.

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