What We Treat

In collaboration with Emory University School of Medicine, our experienced team offers a full range of services to diagnose and treat children with bleeding and clotting disorders, including hemophilia, thrombosis and von Willebrand disease.

What is hemostasis?

Hemostasis is the process that stops bleeding. There are many different types of genetic (present at birth) bleeding disorders, including:

  • Hemophilia A
  • Hemophilia B
  • Von Willebrand disease
  • Other rare factor deficiencies
  • Platelet function disorders

A child with a bleeding disorder may have to cope with many different complications throughout his life, including:

  • Unusual bleeds: Children who have a bleeding disorder may bleed longer or more than most people and may bleed more often. These bleeds can happen outside the body or inside within the joints or muscles.
  • Joint damage: Bleeding in the joints or muscles cause pain, swelling and difficulty walking or moving.
  • Inhibitors: Some children develop inhibitors that can make treatment more difficult. Inhibitors happen when a child’s immune system fights off the medicine used to treat the bleeding disorder.

What is thrombosis?

Thrombosis is blood clotting within a blood vessel. For most people, this process is healthy and normal. For children with a clotting disorder, a blood clot partly or fully blocks blood flow, which can lead to serious complications. If the clot moves to an important part of the body, like the brain or lungs, it can be deadly

Blood clotting disorders include:

  • Arterial thrombosis
  • Stroke
  • Thrombophilia
  • Venous thrombosis

Services We Offer

A full range of treatment options

We offer a full range of treatment options for children with bleeding and clotting disorders. We will create a treatment plan just for your child, as treatment approaches can vary. Our team works closely with each family to determine the best course of action.

Innovative research

The Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center is committed to excellence and innovation in pediatric blood disorders research. We are home to one of the largest clinical trial programs in the country—offering our patients access to some of the most novel treatment options in the country.

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Our Unique Approach

We are home to the largest pediatric hematology program in the country. Combining the latest proven technology and research with a caring, child-friendly approach, makes the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center a top choice for the treatment of common and complex blood disorders.

Our highlights 

  • In collaboration with Emory University School of Medicine, we care for more than 1,000 children and young adults with bleeding disorders and approximately 200 with clotting disorders. 
  • We are a recognized leader among treatment facilities in the country for achievements in care, education and research for children with congenital bleeding disorders.
  • We developed a successful, integrated pediatric- and adult-care model that reduces the stress and barriers of moving from a pediatric- to adult-care facility for patients with bleeding disorders.
  • We participate in innovative clinical, epidemiological, translational and basic science research designed to provide leading-edge therapies and eventual cures.

Meet our hemostasis and thrombosis team

Led by Robert Sidonio, Jr., MD, Clinical Director of Hemostasis/Thrombosis, our team includes the following providers:


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Before your visit

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Camps, events and support groups

Camps, retreats and other events offer many therapeutic benefits for children and families who are dealing with serious illness.

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Second opinions and international services

We understand you want to be certain your child is receiving the best possible treatment available anywhere in the world. Second opinions can help provide the information you need to make an informed decision about the treatment for your child. For families traveling outside the U.S., we are here to help meet your unique needs and challenges.

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Meet the Team

Meet our hemostasis and thrombosis team

Led by Robert Sidonio, Jr., MD, Clinical Director of Hemostasis/Thrombosis, our team includes the following providers: