Melody Benton, MPH, MAS, CCRP

Administrative Director,
Clinical Research and Regulatory Protections
Louisiana Center for Bleeding and Clotting Disorders (LCBCD)
Sickle Cell Center of South Louisiana (SCCSL)

Melody graduated from Eleanor Laura McMain Magnet Secondary School in New Orleans, LA, and attended the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor for undergraduate where she started her clinical research career in internal medicine, and graduated with a BS in Biological Anthropology. After working a few years in clinical research, she went back to school and go her MS in Biology from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). After graduating from UNLV, she moved to Philadelphia, where she continued her research career at the University of Pennsylvania in Cardiothoracic Surgery. Following her stent at Penn, Melody moved to Los Angeles to focus more on her career, where she continued her research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, eventually finding her niche at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, where her research focused on Neuro-Oncology.

Eventually, it came time to push her career forward, and Melody moved back home to New Orleans to work in the Department of Pediatrics/Medicine, Section of Hematology-Oncology, at Tulane University School of Medicine. She is currently the Administrative Director of Clinical Research Operations and Regulatory Protections. While at Tulane, Melody received her second Master’s degree in Public Health and is currently pursuing her PhD, where her research focuses on hemophilia and sickle cell disease. She is also a Certified Clinical Research Professional (CCRP). Melody’s dedication to research, education and patients, is humbling and inspiring. Fan fact is that she ice skates, and was on the University of Michigan synchronized skating team.