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Foundation for Sickle Cell Disease Research’s

13th Annual Sickle Cell Disease Research and Educational Symposium




2019 Scientific Chair

for the 13th Annual Sickle Cell Disease Research and Educational Symposium and 42nd National Sickle Cell Disease Scientific Meeting

Caterina P. Minniti, MD

Dr. Minniti is Professor of Clinical Medicine and Pediatrics at Einstein College of Medicine. She is the Director of the Sickle Cell Center for Adults at Montefiore Hospital, whose mission is to provide exceptional, seamless, comprehensive, compassionate and individualized care, education, counseling and research for people living with sickle cell disease. Dr. Minniti is a clinical trial specialist and a translational researcher who believes that the best way to provide care for SCD patients is on a continuum, from birth to adulthood.

The focus of her research is in understanding mechanisms that lead to end organ damage in order to identify early biomarkers and targeted therapies. Her interests have spanned from stroke to pulmonary hypertension and most recently, she has focused on leg ulcers as they represent a window into the vasculopathy in SCD. She aims to develop pathogenetically based therapeutic approaches for preventing and treating SCD-related end organ damage. Before moving to New York, she was a member of the Hematology Branch of the National Institute of Heart Blood and Lung, where she developed a topical treatment for chronic leg ulcers in SCD.

2019 KeynotE Speaker

for the 13th Annual Sickle Cell Disease Research and Educational Symposium and 42nd National Sickle Cell Disease Scientific Meeting

Julius Garvey, MD

Thoracic surgeon and medical professor Dr. Julius W. Garvey was born on September 17, 1933 in Kingston, Jamaica to United Negro Improvement Association founder Marcus Garvey, and activist Amy Jacques Garvey. The younger of two sons, Garvey was raised in Jamaica. He attended Wolmer’s Trust High School for Boys in Kingston, graduating in 1950. He then earned his B.S. degree from McGill University in Montréal, Quebec in 1957, and his M.D., C.M. degree from McGill University Faculty of Medicine in 1961. 

Garvey began his medical career by interning at The Royal Victoria Hospital in Montréal in 1961. In 1962, he began his first residency in surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital of New York, completing the residency in 1965. Garvey completed a subsequent residency in surgery at the Harlem Hospital Center in 1968, and in thoracic & cardiovascular surgery at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland in 1970. Upon completing his residencies, Garvey became an instructor in surgery at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1971. The following year, he joined the Albert Einstein College of Medicine as an instructor in surgery, quickly gaining an assistant professor of surgery position. While teaching at Columbia University and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Garvey also served as an attending surgeon in cardiothoracic surgery at the Harlem Hospital Center and Montefiore Hospital, as well as associate attending and head of thoracic surgery at the Montefiore Morrisania Affiliate. In 1974, Garvey was named attending-in-charge of thoracic surgery at Queens Hospital Center, and also became an attending surgeon in thoracic and cardiovascular surgery at the Long Island Jewish Medical Center. Garvey became the Long Island Jewish Medical Center’s acting program director for the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery from 1980 to 1982, and assistant professor of surgery at State University of New York at Stony Brook from 1978 to 1988. He began his private practice in 1983. Garvey was chief of thoracic and vascular surgery at Queens Hospital Center from 1993 to 2006, and chief of vascular and thoracic surgery at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center from 2000 to 2004. In addition to his other medical appointments, Garvey has served as an attending surgeon at North Shore University Hospital, Franklin General Hospital, Massapequa General Hospital, Catholic Medical Centers, and Little Neck Community Hospital. 

Garvey was a certified fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, the International College of Surgeons, and the American College of Chest Physicians, as well as a diplomate of the Board of Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery, the American Board of Surgery, the American Academy of Wound Management, and the American College of Phlebology.

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