About The Foundation


  • Welcome to Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. (SCFG). The Foundation is one of the oldest sickle cell-focused institutions in the nation.
  • Our mission is to reduce the incidence of sickle cell disease, to monitor the prevalence of sickle cell, and to help improve the quality of life for persons afflicted with the disease.
  • To achieve our directives, the Foundation sponsors educational programs, conducts testing, counsels families, supports healthcare providers, and coordinates activities that benefit patients throughout the year.
  • The Foundation works daily with the State of Georgia, medical facilities and personnel, Sickle Cell Support Groups, physicians, nurses, clinics, social workers, volunteers, and other organizations to deliver and to help facilitate client services.

Dr. Nelson McGhee, Jr., Co-Founder

  • The Sickle Cell Foundation of Georgia, Inc. was established in 1971 by two Atlanta physicians — Dr. Delutha H. King, Jr. and the late Dr. Nelson McGhee, Jr. The friends organized the Georgia Foundation one year before the national Sickle Cell Disease Association of America, was founded.

Dr. Nelson McGhee, Jr, Co-Founder

  • The Sickle Cell Foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and donations are tax-deductible.  The Foundation is led by an elected Board of Directors. The Board is governed by established By-Laws.
  • The Chief Executive Officer leads the organizations day-to-day and executes the strategic vision of the Board. D. Jean Brannan, who retired as President/COO in 2012, served at the helm for most of the organization’s 40-plus years. The Foundation also boasts a veteran staff; most have devoted their careers to sickle cell patients — some for over 25 years.
Dr. Delutha H. King, Jr. Co-Founder

Dr. Delutha H. King, Jr.

  • The Foundation owns its office building at 2391 Benjamin E Mays Drive in Southwest Atlanta, in the heart of the community. Other assets include a Mobile Laboratory, a licensed clinical laboratory, statewide reach, and a sterling reputation. The Sickle Cell Foundation is green-friendly.