Gregory Kato is the Director of the Sickle Cell Center of Excellence at the University of Pittsburgh Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology-Oncology and the Heart, Lung and Blood Vascular Medicine Institute. He graduated from the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences in 1985. He completed a residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and a fellowship in pediatric hematology-oncology at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. Dr. Kato joined the University of Pittsburgh in 2013 after ten years at the NIH and 13 years at the Johns Hopkins University. He has received numerous awards and honors for his work, including a Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (1991), a Clinician Scientist Award from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1998), and an NHLBI Merit Award (2008).