Professor of Medicine
Director, Sickle Cell Center
Department of Medicine
Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University
Dr. Kutlar has served Augusta University since 1982 where he has made major contributions to clinical care, basic science, clinical research, and educational activities. He is a graduate of Ankara University Medical School in Ankara, Turkey. He completed his residency and one year as chief resident and fellowship in internal medicine/hematology at Istanbul University Medical School in Istanbul, Turkey. Following clinical and research fellowships in Turkey, a Special Fellow in the Department of Laboratory Hematology at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, OH, and as a Research Fellow at the Medical College of Georgia, he joined the faculty at the Medical College of Georgia as an Associate Professor in 1992. Dr. Kutlar practices hematology with a focus on benign hematology and is an active member of the American Society of Hematology. He has served and continues to serve on state and NIH committees and serves as a reviewer for many journals.
Dr. Kutlar is currently the Co-PD/PI of the multi-institutional National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities Southeastern Exploratory Sickle Cell Center of Excellence as well as the Co-PD/PI of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Excellence in Hemoglobinopathies Research Award. He has completed more than 20 industry sponsored trials and federally funded projects, is working on two investigator initiated projects, and has brought to Augusta University an excess of nine million dollars in research support. Dr. Kutlar has 200 original articles, two book chapters, and 177 abstract presentations.
Under Dr. Kutlar’s direction, the Sickle Cell Center has maintained continuous funding from the State of Georgia for the newborn screening program through the Sickle Cell Center, which allows for the operation of the pediatric and adult clinics in Augusta and outreach clinics in South Georgia. The Sickle Cell Center’s Hemoglobinopathy Laboratory serves as the State’s confirmation lab for suspected hemoglobinopathies identified through newborn screening, the core lab for several NIH sponsored research trials in sickle cell disease, a reference lab receiving samples for hemoglobin identification from all around the world, and performs specialized tests in hematology.
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