Chief Medical Officer
Keith Quirolo, MD
Dr. Quirolo is an expert in Sickle Cell Disease and thalassemia who was formerly the Director of the Pediatric Sickle Cell Program and the Apheresis Program at UCSF Benioff’s Children’s Hospital Oakland. He received his undergraduate at San Francisco State University as a nursing assistant and — following a degree in biology — went to nursing school at the UCSF School of Nursing. Following graduation, he worked as a hematology-oncology nurse in San Francisco and attended Case Western Reserve School of Medicine. After medical school, he completed a pediatric residency at Children’s Hospital Oakland and joined a pediatric practice in Berkeley. Continuing to have a desire to care for children outside of his practice, he worked in the urgent care center at Children’s Hospital.
After ten years of pediatric practice, he joined the hematology department at UCSF Benioff’s Children’s Hospital in Oakland. Initially, he was the pediatrician for Sickle Cell and Thalassemia patients, eventually becoming the director of the pediatric Sickle Cell program. With a desire to provide blood exchanges for patients with sickle cell disease, he started the apheresis program at the hospital, which expanded to become a comprehensive apheresis unit providing all types of apheresis therapy. Wanting to become more educated about red cell transfusion, he completed a fellowship in Transfusion Medicine through the Pathology Department at UCSF School of Medicine.