Rebecca Kruse-Jarres, MD/MPH
Director, Sickle Cell Center of Southern Louisiana

Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine

Tammuella Singleton, MD
Section Chief, Pediatrics Hematology/Oncology


Rishi Chavan, MD
Clinical Instructor, Pediatrics Hematology/Oncology


Melody S. Benton, MS, CCRP

Assistant Director

Ernest DeJean, MSW

Program Manager

Chanel Holt, RN

Sickle Cell Nurse

LuAnn Wenthold, NP

Sickle Cell Nurse Practitioner

Lynette Joseph

Administrative Secretary


Our Team

Ernest DeJean, MSW
Program Manager

Ernest DeJean Ernest is a native of New Orleans. He received an undergraduate degree from Xavier University of New Orleans and a graduate degree in Social Work from Southern University of New Orleans. Ernest has been involved in numerous medical and neuro-cognitive researched based studies that have brought about sickle cell initiatives throughout the state. One of his main focus is to ensure that individuals with sickle cell disease in Louisiana receive adequate, appropriate, and timely medical and social services.

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