Our Team


Our Team

CHAM provides comprehensive, compassionate, multimodal and individualized care to over 700 children with sickle cell disease (SCD). A team of dedicated hematologists, pain specialists, nurses, social workers, psychologists and child life therapists work closely together to bring innovative care to each of our patients from birth through adulthood. We invite you to meet our team of experts:

Kerry Morrone, MD and Deepa Manwani, MD lead this team. Dr Morrone has led multiple successful Quality Improvement projects resulting in improved patient satisfaction, better care and reduced thirty day readmission rates. Dr. Manwani is a noted researcher in the management and prevention of pain crises and development of novel treatments in SCD. Dr Ellise Cappuccio, Director of Pediatric Pain Management at CHAM, works closely with the SCD team to direct a multimodal, comprehensive and innovative approach to the care of SCD patients with acute and chronic pain. The pediatric and adult SCD teams at Montefiore work collaboratively to transition youth safely from pediatric to adult care with an emphasis on a lifespan approach to care. The SCD clinical trials office is supported by expert and dedicated staff including Karen Ireland, CRA and Janine Keenan, Research CPNP.

Additional members of the team include Dr. Jennifer Davila, nurse practitioners Caroline Bell, Christina Rohan, Arielle Levy and Christine Angrisani and social workers Andrecia Spaulding, Rigoberto Tomala and Denise Velazquez.

Expert transfusion specialists ensure safe transfusions and a dedicated Bone Marrow Transplant team provides the opportunity for cure. A state of the art Day Hospital allows for individualized treatment of pain and other acute care complications in a medical home setting.


Deepa Manwani, MD

Kerry Morrone, MD

Jennifer Davila, MD

William Mitchell, MD

Ellise Cappuccio, MD
Pain Management

Nagma Dalvi, MD

Kevin Hsu, MD

Rick Abbott, MD

Seon-Kyu Lee, MD, PhD
Interventional Radiology

Bryan Freilich, Ph D

Aneela Bidiwala, MD

Eric Fornari, MD
Orthopedic Surgery

Other Team Members

Christina McGrisken, MSN, FNP-BC, CPHON

Preethi Fernandez, MSN, CPNP, CPHON


Caroline Bell, RN, MSN, CPNP

Christine Angrisani, CPNP 

Siobhan Polese, RN, CPNP

Michelle McInerney, MSN, CPNP

Raydale Blaylock, MSW
Social worker

Caryn Rodgers, PhD

Karen Ireland, B.A.
Research Staff

Jennifer de los Santos, B.S.
Research Staff

Jenai Jackson, MPH, CHES
Research Staff

Janine Keenan,  RN, MSN, BC-FNP
Research Staff