Kelly, Shannon, MD

Shannon Kelly


Pediatric Hematology-Oncology

Director, Apheresis Program

Assistant Clinical Investigator, Blood Systems Research Institute

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Clinical Specialties

Cancer, tumors, sarcoma, chemotherapy, targeted therapy, brain and spinal cord tumors, pediatric oncology, hepatoblastoma, wilms tumor blood and bone marrow cancers, blood disorders, anemia, clotting disorders, sickle cell disease, hemophilia, leukemia and lymphoma, hodgkins and non-hodgkins, stem cell transplantation


Board Certification
  • Pathology-Blood Banking/Transfusion, General Pediatrics


Medical School

Louisiana State University, LA


Blood Centers of the Pacific,University of California, San Francisco, CA
(Pediatric Hematology/Onco)


Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland, CA
(Pediatric Hematology Oncology)


Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, LA


Louisiana State University Hospital, LA

Clinic Locations

My Work

About Me

Dr. Kelly is Director of the Apheresis Program at Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland and Assistant Medical Director at Blood Systems Research Institute, which is the major blood bank for the region and UCSF. Dr. Kelly is a pediatric hematologist whose research interests are in transfusion and sickle cell disease and is also board certified in transfusion medicine. Her recent research is focusing on alloimmunization and tolerance induced by chronic erythrocytapheresis. She is an investigator in the NHLBI/NIH REDS-III transfusion safety and retrovirus donor program with a focus in Brazil and Tanzania. With Dr. Michael Busch (PI), Dr. Kelly is investigating the influence of sickle cell disease on HIV. She is performing in vitro experiments to determine if peripheral blood mononuclear cells collected from SCD.

Selected Research and Publications:

  1. Wahl S, Gildengorin G, Feusner J. Weekend Delay in Initiation of Chemotherapy for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) : Does It Matter? Journal of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. Jan 2011; 34(1): e8-e11.
  2. Wahl S, Garcia A, Hagar W, Gildengorin G, Quirolo K, Vichinsky E. Lower Alloimmunization Rates in Pediatric Sickle Cell Patients on Chronic Erythrocytapheresis Compared to Chronic Simple Transfusions. Transfusion. 2012 Apr 23. doi: 10.1111/j.1537-2995.2012.03659.x.
  3. Kelly S, Deng X., Hoppe C, Styles L. A pilot randomized trial of red blood cell transfusion for acute treatment of vaso-occlusive pain episode in sickle cell anemia. Br J Haematol. 2015
    Apr 1. doi: 10.1111/bjh.13390. [Epub ahead of print] PMID 25833727
  4. Wahl S, Quirolo K. Current Issues in Blood Transfusion for Sickle Cell Disease. Current Opinions in Pediatrics. 2009. Feb:21(1):15-21.
  5. Wahl S and Vichinsky E. Pulmonary hypertension in hemolytic anemias. F1000 Medicine
    Reports 2010, 2:10.