Our Team

Jeffrey Glassberg, MD, MA
Director

Jeffrey Glassberg is Associate Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Medical Oncology) and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Dr. Glassberg is a leader in promoting evidence-based strategies for the acute management of sickle cell disease. His research focus includes pulmonary complications of sickle cell disease, novel biomarkers for vaso-occlusive crises, and novel gene therapy targets and agents for the prevention and treatment of vaso-occlusion. In addition to practicing as an attending physician in the Emergency Department at The Mount Sinai Hospital, Dr. Glassberg sees patients in The Adult Program for Sickle Cell at Mount Sinai Hospital and serves as the primary physician for many patients with Sickle Cell Disease at Mount Sinai. He is a member of the Queens Sickle Cell Advocacy Network, the New York Sickle Cell Advisory Council, and the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.
 
Jena Simon, DNP, MS-HCDL, FNP-BC, RN-BC 
Director of Clinical Operations & Program Development/Nurse Practitioner
 
Jena Simon is Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Medical Oncology) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and a board-certified pain management nurse with more than ten years of experience caring for adults with sickle cell disease and previous experience caring for children with cancer and blood disorders. At Mount Sinai since 2011, Dr. Simon partners with patients to develop treatment plans that promote wellness and prevent complications from sickle cell disease. In addition to her clinical activity, Dr. Simon is engaged in research and serves as Director of Operations and Program Development for the Adult Program for Sickle Cell at Mount Sinai. She is an Advisory Board Member of Westchester Sickle Cell Outreach and a member of the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America.  
 
Charleen Jacobs, MS, ANP-BC, RN-BC
Nurse Practitioner

Charleen Jacobs is an Adult Nurse Practitioner with more than 15 years of nursing experience that includes caring for patients with sickle cell disease. Ms. Jacobs works to ensure that patients with sickle cell disease have access to effective, equitable, evidence-based care throughout the Mount Sinai Health System. She is pursuing a PhD and is interested in research that will improve the quality of life and reduce barriers to care for patients with sickle cell disease. 

Brittany McCrary, MS, AGNP-BC, RN-BC
Nurse Practitioner

Brittany McCrary joined the Adult Program for Sickle Cell at Mount Sinai in July 2020 as a nurse practitioner. She previously cared for patients with sickle cell disease and their families as a clinical medical-surgical nurse at Mount Sinai. She works closely with the pediatric sickle cell disease team to help transition young adults to adult care. 
 
Carolyn Hutson, LCSW-R
Social Worker

Carolyn Hutson joined the Adult Program for Sickle Cell Disease at Mount Sinai in May 2021. A medical social worker in New York City since 1989, Ms. Hutson previously worked with patients with life- threatening or terminal illness as well as patients with Sickle Cell Disease. Ms. Hutson is a lecturer at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Social Work and a clinical instructor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. 
 
Joanna Villegas, LMSW
Health Home Social Worker 

Joanna Villegas joined the Adult Program for Sickle Cell at Mount Sinai in January 2020 as a health home social worker. The Mount Sinai Health Home program is a case management program that helps patients connect to the resources necessary to better manage their health with the assistance of social workers and care coordinators. Born and raised in Harlem, Ms. Villegas previously worked with the depression care team at Bellevue Hospital under the Mental Health Service Corps. 
 
Isabel Leger, Administrative Assistant 
 
Natalie Montes, MPH
Administrative Assistant

Natalie Montes is an administrative assistant for the Adult Program for Sickle Cell at Mount Sinai Sickle Cell. She previously served as a care coordinator for the Mount Sinai Health Home program. With a master’s degree in Public Health, Ms. Montes uses her education and patient care experience to help ensure that patients receive excellent care.
 
Libby Stidham
Research Project Manager 

Libby Stidham is a research project manager for the Adult Program for Sickle Cell Disease at Mount Sinai. She oversees all aspects of research including grant preparation, research design, regulatory approvals, post-award management, execution of research, compliance reports, progress reports and study close outs. Ms. Stidham holds a bachelor’s degree in biology and is completing a master’s degree in Public Health.
 
Mitali Ashokkumar Pradhan, MS, CCRP
Clinical Trials Manager

Mitali Pradhan is a clinical trials manager for the Adult Program for Sickle Cell at Mount Sinai. She oversees all operational aspects of clinical trials activity from start up to close out of the trials, as well as regulatory compliance. Ms. Pradhan holds a master's degree in Regulatory Affairs and is a Certified Clinical Research Professional.