Matthew Heeney, MD is Board Certified in Pediatrics and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. He is the Associate Chief for Hematology in the Division of Hematology/Oncology and the Director of the Sickle Cell Program in the Dana-Farber Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center (DFBCCBD).
Dr. Heeney’s research Interests are focused on sickle cell disease and congenital disorders of iron metabolism. The goals of Dr. Heeney's research work include: to improve the understanding of the pathophysiology and treatment of sickle cell anemia through clinical investigation and to elucidate the genetic basis of iron homeostasis and its role in human disease.
Dr. Heeney has been the Boston Children's Hospital Site Investigator for several clinical trial consortia including the former Sickle Cell Disease Research Network (SCDCRN), and Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center (CSCC). He is also the Site Investigator for the multicenter SWiTCH and TWiTCH trials which are exploring the use of Hydroxyurea as an alternative to chronic transfusion for stroke prevention in sickle cell disease. He is also involved in early phase trials of prasugrel and regadenoson in sickle cell disease. Dr. Heeney also conducts translational research in inherited disorders of iron homeostasis in humans. In particular he is interested in investigating the genetic basis inherited disorders of iron deficiency, sideroblastic anemia and iron overload.
Dr. Heeney is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and is committed to medical education as the Co-Director of the Hematology course for 2nd year HMS students. He is a frequent lecturer on hematology topics in HMS sponsored continuing medical education and BCH training programs..
Dr. Heeney received his MD at the University of Calgary, Alberta, completed his pediatrics residency at Montreal Children's Hospital, McGill University, and a pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship at Duke University.