Leila Clay

Assistant Professor

Leila Clay

Assistant Professor

Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Pediatrics

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Medicine: Hematology and Oncology


Dr. E. Leila Jerome Clay, MD, is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Section of Hematology/Oncology with a joint appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Section of Hematology/Oncology at the Medical College of Georgia of Georgia Regents University (GRU). Dr. Clay received her Bachelor’s degree in physical anthropology from New York University. She later earned her medical doctorate from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA (2006). She subsequently completed her internal medicine and pediatrics residency at Rutgers/New Jersey Medical School (2010). She completed her pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship at the University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC (2013) with a focus pediatric and adult care in sickle cell disease. Dr. Clay returned to Georgia by joining GRU where she treats children, adolescents, and young adults with rare blood disorders such as sickle cell disease. She is establishing her research in sickle cell disease where she studies the mechanistic contribution of vitamin D deficiency and its effects of disease manifestation. Her primary professional objective is to translate her clinical research to the field. She is also the director of Sickle Cell Disease Transition Program at GRU Sickle Cell Center where she serves as the physician navigator in transitioning adolescent care to adult care. While at GRU, she became a scholar in the Hemoglobinopathy Translational Research Skills Core (HRTC) training program under the NIH Funded U01 grant in Sickle Cell Disease. Under this program, she is also pursuing her Masters in Clinical Research.

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  • MD, Medicine (MD) Morehouse School of Medicine, 2006

  • BA, Anthropology New York University, 2001

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • PEDS 5000

    Basic Clkshp in Pediatric
  • PEDS 5009

    Pediatric Sub-I
  • PEDS 5017

    Peds Hematology/Oncology Extn.
  • RPED 5002

    Pediatrics General

Research Interests

Sickle Cell Disease, Bone Health, Vitamin D Transition of adolescents with chronic illnesses to adult care