Keith Quirolo, MD


Dr. Quirolo is an expert in sickle cell disease and thalassemia who was formally the Director of the Pediatric Sickle Cell Program and the Apheresis Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland.  He retired in 2015.

He became interested in medicine working on a psychiatric unit at Maine Medical Center.  He supported himself through undergraduate collage as a nursing assistant and following a degree in biology went to nursing school at UCSF San Francisco. Later he worked as a hematology-oncology nurse in San Francisco, which inspired him to continue his education in medicine.  He attended Case Western Reserve School of Medicine and supported himself during medical school as a nurse working at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland.

Following 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 one day a week in the urgent care center at Children’s Hospital.  After ten years of pediatric practice, he joined the hematology department at what is now UCSF Benioff 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 red cell exchange for patients with sickle cell disease, he started the apheresis program at UCSF Benioff’s Children’s Hospital in 1995. The program expanded to become the current apheresis unit providing progenitor cell collections and other types of apheresis therapy for children and young adults.





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