Iowa Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center

The Iowa Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center (IHTC) at the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital (SFCH) was established in 1977 by C. Thomas Kisker, M.D.  Dr. Kisker directed the IHTC until his retirement in 2001.  Dr. Anjali Sharathkumar, a Pediatric Hematologist, is the current director of the IHTC; other Pediatric Hematology staff includes Dr. Janice Staber and Dr. David Claassen.  The Adult Hematology staff includes Dr. Steven Lentz, Dr. Usha Perepu, and Dr. Grerk Sutamtewagul.

The Iowa Hemophilia & Thrombosis Center is committed to providing the highest quality comprehensive healthcare services to patients with bleeding and clotting disorders, and to their families.

The individual patient and family are the focus of the IHTC staff.  The patient’s physical and psychosocial well-being is paramount to the HTC’s provision of care.  IHTC is the only federally recognized comprehensive hemophilia treatment center (HTC) in Iowa. We are dedicated in providing the best, most comprehensive care to people in Iowa with bleeding or clotting disorders and to their families. The IHTC staff are nationally and internationally distinguished as a Center of Excellence for its leadership in bleeding and clotting disorders, patient care, education and research.

The IHTC team is comprised of a multi-discipline staff which includes the hematologists, nursing, pharmacists, physical therapists, pediatric dentists, social worker, research coordinators, and health record analyst.  Patients are seen by some, or all, of these disciplines during clinic and a treatment plan to prevent complications of bleeding or clotting are developed.  These plans are given to the patient, family, and local care providers to provide continuity of care.

The IHTC provides services to approximately 500 patients, both pediatric and adult, from Iowa and surrounding states that have been diagnosed with bleeding or clotting disorders.  The IHTC provides clinical expertise and the staff serve as consultants to local health care professionals.  The IHTC staff also consults on the diagnosis, evaluation, and the treatment of persons with bleeding or clotting disorders.