Dr. DeBaun is Founding Director of the Vanderbilt-Meharry Center for Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease in Nashville Tennessee. The Center is one of the first in the country to establish a medical home care model for children and adults with sickle cell disease in a community health center.
Dr. DeBaun is an internationally recognized physician–scientist whose advocacy and research have resulted in fundamental advances in care of children and adults with sickle cell disease. Dr. DeBaun was the primary physician author of the Sickle Cell Treatment Act, signed by President Bush into law on Oct. 22, 2004 Title VII, creating regional networks for enhanced services for children and adults with sickle cell disease. For over 20 years, his efforts in sickle cell disease have focused on epidemiology, cognitive impact, clinical significance and strategies for preventing strokes and silent strokes in children. He has been the leader of multiple clinical trials treating and preventing strokes in children with sickle cell disease in North America, Europe, and Africa. In Nigeria, he was the leader for a training grant supporting faculty participating in the NIH funded stroke prevention trials in children with sickle cell disease. In Ghana, he was the leader of multi-disciplinary team that dropped the maternal death rate in women with SCD by approximately 90%. The dramatic decline in the death of pregnant women was recently highlighted in the New York Times in 2017. In 2009, Dr. DeBaun became an elected member of the prestigious National Academy of Medicine, formally Institute of Medicine. Based on his significant contribution to advancing the care of children with sickle cell disease he received the international award, 2014 Ernest Beutler Prize and Lecture in Clinical Science from the American Society of Hematology. Due to his success in mentoring, in 2017, he received the international Maureen Andrews Award from the Society of Pediatric Research.
M.P.H., Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
M.D., Stanford University
M.S., Stanford University