Samir K. Ballas, MD received his medical degree with distinction from the American University of Beirut-Lebanon. He completed his residency training in Hematology at the Cardeza Foundation of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is board certified in Internal Medicine, Hematology, Blood Banking, Pain Medicine and Pain Management.
Dr. Ballas is currently Emeritus Professor of medicine and Pediatrics at Thomas Jefferson University and Honorary Staff member of the Department of Medicine/Hematology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. He is Former Director of the adult Sickle Cell Program of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the Philadelphia Region.
Dr. Ballas is also a senior member of the Cardeza Foundation for Hematological Research, Former Director of Jefferson’s Sickle Cell Center, and Former Director of the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Blood Bank. His major research interests include 1) Red cell disorders in general and the hemoglobinopathies in particular; 2) the pathophysiology and management of sickle cell pain; 3) molecular and cellular factors that affect the phenotypic expression of sickle cell disease; and 4) preventative and curative therapy of sickle cell disease.