Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

  Division of Hematology/Oncology

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photo Amma Owusu-Ansah, MD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Clinical Director, Center for Translational and International Hematology


Phone: 412-624-7821

Office: Biomedical Science Tower
Pittsburgh, PA
Phone: 412-624-7821
Administrative Assistant:
Kristin Zagenczyk
Education and Training
MB. CHB, University of Ghana Medical School, 1998
Pediatric Internship and Residency, John H Stroger Hospital of Cook County, Chicago IL, 2004
Hematology/Oncology, Case Western Reserve University Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital, Cleveland OH, 2012
Research Interest
Dr. Owusu-Ansah's primary research interest is in translating novel or repurposed therapeutics into clinical settings to prevent or halt the progression of complications of sickle cell disease. Her current research is focused on identifying surrogate markers or nrf2 activation in sickle cell disease. Her other interests are in global health and implementation research, specifically identifying strategies to improve access to state-of-the-art medical care for individuals with benign hematologic disorders in different demographic regions of the world. Up to 50%of her research effort is spent in Ghana, West Africa.
Clinical Interest
Dr. Owusa-Ansah is a pediatric hematologist and oncologist who serves as a teaching and attending physician on the Inpatient and Consult hematology service, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC, 7 weeks year and is part of the sickle cell team.
Educational Interest
Her passion is to make the study and practice of benign hematology interesting, straightforward and relevant to medical students, residents and fellows through interactive lectures, problem solving and teaching rounds on the inpatient service.
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Selected Publications:
Tsaras G, Owusu-Ansah A, Boateng FO, Amoateng-Adjepong Y. Complications associated with sickle cell trait: a brief narrative review. American Journal of Medicine. 2009; 122(6): 507-12.
Owusu-Ansah A, Choi SH, Petrosiute A, Letterio JJ, Huang AY. Triterpenoid inducers of Nrf2 signaling as potential therapeutic agents in sickle cell disease: a review. Frontier Medicine. 2014; 9(1): 46-56.
Owusu-Ansah A, Ihunnah CA, Walker AL, Ofori-Acquah SF. Inflammatory targets of therapy in sickle cell disease. Translational Research. 2015; 167(1): 281-97.
Ghosh S, Ihunnah CA, Hansen JM, Archer DR, Owusu-Ansah AT, Ofori-Acquah SF. Nonhematopoietic Nrf2 dominantly impedes adult progression of sickle cell anemia in mice. Journal of Clinical Investigation Insight. 2016; 1(4): e81090.
Sponsored Research/Activities
Title: Hemostasis and Vascular Biology Research Institute - Ofori-Acquah
Role: Co-Investigator
Funding Agency: Hemophilia Center of Western PA
Start Year: 2013
End Year: 2018
Notable Achievements
Member, American Society of Hmeatology, 2011-present
Member, American Society of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, 2011-present
Global Sickle Cell Disease Network, 2010-present