George Buchanan


Dr. George R. Buchanan is a Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.  He is Director of the Southwestern Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center, which between 2003 and 2008 was one of the 10 NHLBI-designated multi-disciplinary research and clinical centers.  He continues as Director of UT Southwestern’s Basic and Translational Research Program.  Other current sickle cell-related activities include Chair of the Protocol Review Committee of NHLBI’s Sickle Cell Disease Clinical Research Network and Co-chair of NHLBI’s Sickle Cell Disease Guidelines Panel. 

Dr. Buchanan received his medical degree from the University of Chicago in 1970, followed by pediatric residency at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago and hematology-oncology fellowship at Children’s Hospital Boston, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, and Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Buchanan has been at UT Southwestern since 1977 actively involved in diagnosis and management of children and adolescents with sickle cell disease and engaged in investigator-initiated and multicenter collaborative research in many areas of hematology.  Ongoing projects related to sickle cell disease include the continuation and long term follow-up of the Dallas Newborn Cohort and keen interest in training, mentoring, and development of new treatment approaches for affected children and adults worldwide. 

Dr. Buchanan has served as President of the American Society of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology (ASPHO) and twice on the Executive Committee of the American Society of Hematology (ASH).  His honors include the Distinguished Career Award from ASPHO, the Mentoring Award in Clinical Research from ASH, and the Arnold Gold Foundation Award for Humanism in Medicine from the American Association of Medical Colleges.