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Revolutionizing Sickle Cell Care by Addressing Menopause

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headshots of Marwah Farooqui, Gelila Goba and Lewis Hsu

A team from the UIC College of Medicine is advancing sickle cell care by highlighting the lack of attention to menopause symptoms in sickle cell patients. Led by sickle cell physician-researcher Marwah Farooqui, alongside gynecologist Gelila Goba and Lewis Hsu, director of UI Health’s pediatric sickle cell center, they aim to explore the implementation of menopause screening during routine clinic visits.

By adapting an existing menopause screening tool, the team seeks to revolutionize the future of sickle cell care to meet the evolving needs of their aging patient population. Dr. Farooqui commented on the gap in menopause knowledge and care among women with sickle cell disease.

“I think a lot of the hesitancy actually comes from not just sickle cell being a rare disease, and providers not being comfortable with sickle cell disease, but also because menopause itself is not on our radar. Nationally, we’re making headlines on menopause as well as women’s health. I think that’s actually going to help us overcome some of these barriers, you know, both looking at sickle cell as a lifespan disease which has been the rhetoric in the past decade, and then also starting to shift our focus to women’s health issues as they age,” said Dr. Farooqui.


Featured Researchers

Marwah Farooqui, DO
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology & Oncology
UIC College of Medicine

Gelila Goba, MD, MPH, FACOG
Associate Professor
Director of the Global Women’s Health Fellowship
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
UIC College of Medicine

Lewis Hsu, MD, PhD
Director of Pediatric Sickle Cell CenterProfessor
Department of Pediatric Hematology & Oncology
UIC College of Medicine

Implementation Science Resources:

EPIS Framework
NIH Implementation Science Methodologies and Frameworks

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