Kim Smith Whitley

Kim Smith-Whitley, M.D.

Executive Vice President and Head of Research and Development

Dr. Smith-Whitley joined GBT in May 2021 as executive vice president and head of research and development (R&D). Dr. Smith-Whitley is a world-renowned hematologist and sickle cell disease thought leader and advocate with over 30 years of experience. Most recently, she was the Clinical Director of Hematology and Director of the Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). Dr. Smith-Whitley’s clinical work has centered on program development and clinical initiatives to support evidence-based clinical care. Her research has focused on sickle cell disease, specifically pulmonary complications, transfusion-related complications and health care utilization. She has served as principal investigator for several federally- and industry-funded clinical research studies including several clinical trials related to pain prevention and curative therapies. She is a former chief medical officer of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America (SCDAA), where she continues to serve as a member of the board of directors. She has received numerous awards recognizing her expertise in teaching, advocacy and clinical care including the Master Clinician Awards at both CHOP and the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. Dr. Smith-Whitley received her M.D. from George Washington University and completed her postgraduate training at the Children’s National Medical Center and CHOP.