Cheryl A. Hillery, MD

  • Professor of Pediatrics
  • Clinical Director, Hematology, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Director, Comprehensive Pediatric Sickle Cell Program, UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

Administrative Assistant: Carla Clarke

Hillery is a Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Hematology-Oncology, at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Clinical Director of Hematology and Director of the Pediatric Comprehensive Sickle Cell Program at UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Hillery earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and completed medical school at Duke University School of Medicine. She completed an internal medicine and pediatric residency and hematology/oncology fellowship at University of North Carolina Hospitals and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to moving to Pittsburgh in 2015, Hillery was Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine, Clinical and Translation Science Institute (CTSI) and the CTSI Graduate School of Biomed Sciences at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Senior Investigator at the Blood Research institute of the Blood Center of Wisconsin (Versiti). Hillery is a Hematologist with research and clinical interests in sickle cell disease. She has led basic and translational research investigations focused on the vascular and organ pathologies in human and mouse models of sickle cell disease as well as novel mechanisms of pain in this disease. She also has experience in clinical research in the field of sickle cell disease. She also has extensive experience mentoring trainees ranging from high school summer students, graduate and medical students, fellows and junior through midlevel faculty.

Professional and Scientific Society Memberships

  • American College of Physicians, 1987-1989 
  • American Medical Association, 1984-1992 
  • American Heart Association, 1993-2002 
  • Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology 
  • Hemophilia Research Society, 1994-2006 
  • Microcirculatory Society, 2004-2006 
  • American Society of Hematology, 1994-Present
  • Society for Pediatric Research, 1996-Present 
  • American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, 2006-Present
  • Hemostasis and Thrombosis Research Society, 2018-Present
  • International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 2018-Present 

Education & Training

  • BS, University of Wisconsin, 1980
  • MD, Duke University School of Medicine, 1984
  • Residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, University of North Carolina, 1988
  • Fellowship in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, University of North Carolina, 1991
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Selected Publications

Research Interest Summary

Sickle cell disease

Research Grants

“Western Pennsylvania Sickle Cell State Operations Grant”  SAP: 4100065925 (Hillery) Role: PI July 2015 – Sep 2020 Pennsylvania Department of Health Effort: 30%Total Funds: $861,141 + $690,480  

“Stimulating Access to Research in Residency (StARR)” R38 (Lee)Role: Research PreceptorSep 2019 – Aug 2024 NIH/NHLBIEffort: as needed Total Funds: $307,619