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Hemoglobin S - Making an Evolutionary Perfected Process, Imperfect 

Journal of Sickle Cell Disease and Hemoglobinoopathies

Meeting Location:

Greater Ft. Lauderdale Convention Center
1950 Eisenhower Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA  33316
April 28 - 30, 2017 
Website:  fscdr.org
Email:  symposium@fscdr.org
Is this a CME Medical Meeting?  Yes
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Samuel Rodgers-Melnick, MT-BC

University Hospitals of Cleveland
Music Therapist, Seidman Cancer Center
Samuel Rodgers-Melnick, MT-BC is a music therapist specializing in the care of adults with sickle cell disease (SCD). As a clinician at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, Sam developed several interventions directed at improving pain management outcomes in adults with SCD in both inpatient and outpatient settings. He developed a structured music therapy program for young adults with SCD aimed at improving self-efficacy, trust in the medical profession, and SCD knowledge in collaboration with the pediatric and adult SCD teams. He also designed and constructed the first mobile recording studio for the University Hospitals system. This mobile studio enables music therapists and patients to create and record music therapy interventions targeted at specific outcomes within the privacy of headphones.

Sam has served as PI and study coordinator for two consecutive research grants from the Kulas Foundation (Cleveland, OH) that have funded music therapy research studies in SCD. Over the past two years, these studies have included 1) a mixed-methods RCT approach to investigate the effects of music therapy on acute pain in patients with SCD receiving care in an outpatient infusion center and 2) a study investigating the effects of the BEATS (Build, Educate, Advance, Transition in, Sickle Cell Disease) music therapy program on self-efficacy, trust, knowledge, and adherence in young adult patients with SCD.

Currently Sam is focusing his research on developing and investigating a comprehensive multi-session intervention to address quality of life and chronic pain in individuals with SCD.