Emily Meier, MD Hematologist



Emily Riehm Meier, MD, is an attending physician in the Division of Hematology in the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s National Health System. Following completion of her pediatric residency at Children’s National, she cared for children with sickle cell disease as a clinical associate in the Division of Hematology and Oncology. She completed her Pediatric Hematology/Oncology fellowship at Children's National in 2009. Her research interests include fetal hemoglobin expression and disease severity prediction in children with sickle cell disease.

Currently, Dr. Meier is a research fellow in the Molecular Medicine Branch, National Institute of Diabetes, Digestion, and Kidney Diseases at the National Institutes of Health and an assistant professor of Pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine.

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • MD, 2000
    Indiana University School of Medicine
  • BS, 1996
    Michigan State University
Patient Stories

Patient Stories: Emily Meier, MD

Patient story

Staci's Story

"As a parent/caretaker, you want to fight with every ounce of fight that you have. It's normal and necessary to help you feel like you are fighting right along with your precious baby."

Patient story

Eli's Story

"Hang in there. Find support. The initial craziness of being in a hospital and having a child with a stroke will gradually fall into a new reality, and you will all adjust to it."



Research & Publications

Research & Publications

Expression patterns of fetal hemoglobin in sickle cell erythrocytes are both patient and treatmentspecific during childhood

(2010) Pediatr Blood Cancer

During terminal differentiation HbFinducing cytokines cause decreased expression and reduced globin locus occupancy of BCL11a in human erythoblasts

(2009) Blood, Oral Presentation

Iron depleted erthropoiesis slow but effective

(2008) Blood, Oral Presentation

Biochemical and Molecular Basis of Red Blood Cell Disorders

(2010) Biochemical Basis of Pediatric Disease, 4th Ed

Combining fetal hemoglobin and reticulocytosis to index clinical severity of sickle cell disease in children

(2009) Blood, Poster

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