USA Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center named for Johnson Haynes, Jr., M.D.
“His dedication to this community is unsurpassed. It is an honor to name the center that means so much to so many after him,” said John V. Marymont, M.D., M.B.A., vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Frederick P. Whiddon College of Medicine.
In recognition of his longstanding commitment to the treatment, research and education of sickle cell disease, the Board of Trustees at the University of South Alabama recently authorized the naming of the USA Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center as the Johnson Haynes, Jr., M.D., Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center.
“Dr. Haynes has cared for most of the adults with sickle cell disease in the southern half of Alabama,” said John V. Marymont, M.D., M.B.A., vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Frederick P. Whiddon College of Medicine. “His dedication to this community is unsurpassed. It is an honor to name the center that means so much to so many after him.”
Eight years after its inception in 1980, the USA Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center was awarded one of only 10 prestigious, federally funded grants from the National Institutes of Health to sustain the program for the next 15 years. Under the leadership of Haynes, the center went on to fund the Cecil L. Parker Sickle Cell Lectureship Endowment, establish the Pediatric to Adult Care Transition Program, enroll patients into pharmaceutical-sponsored clinical trials and issue one patent.
"Dr. Haynes is known and respected for serving those around him, from his patients and medical students to residents and the community," said Owen Bailey, M.H.A., FACHE, chief executive officer of USA Health. "This naming not only represents his relentless commitment to the community, but also his comprehensive approach to sickle cell care."
Haynes has served on various local, regional and national committees dedicated to the treatment of sickle cell disease and has served as principal investigator or collaborator on more than three dozen research grants. He also has authored or co-authored countless publications, book chapters, newsletters, abstracts and reports.
His life’s work has been recognized through numerous awards, including the National Research Service Award, America’s Top Doctor, the Edith Mitchell Health Initiative Academy of Achievers Perseverance Award and a Distinguished Alumni Award from the USA National Alumni Association and Medical Alumni Association.
A 1980 graduate of the Frederick P. Whiddon College of Medicine at USA, Haynes completed his internship, residency training and fellowship training at USA Health. Haynes has led the center since 2001 and has served in numerous leadership roles including professor of internal medicine at the Whiddon College of Medicine, assistant dean of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and a pulmonologist with USA Health.