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Texas Medical Center

Blood Disorders
Phone: 832-822-4302
Fax: 832-825-1453


6401 Fannin St., Ste. 1570
Houston, TX 77030

Jenny M. Despotovic, DO

Director, Hematology Center
Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Section of Hematology/Oncology, Baylor College of Medicine


School Education Degree Year
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Fellowship Hematology-Oncology 2009
NSLIJHS/Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine Residency Pediatrics 2006
New York College of Osteopathic Medicine Medical School Doctor of Osteopathy 2003
Springfield College Masters Master of Science, Education 1999
Springfield College Bachelors Bachelor of Science, Sports Biology 1997


Dr. Jenny Despotovic is director of the Hematology Center. Her clinical interests include: immunohematology, immune cytopenias, neonatal hematology, and platelet disorders.

She is the editor of the textbook, “Immune Hematology: Diagnosis and Management of Autoimmune Cytopenias,” which was published in the summer of 2018 by Springer. Despotovic developed all the content and selected the authors for the textbook.

Dr. Jenny Despotovic's research is focused on improved understanding of the pathophysiology of pediatric immune thrombocytopenia (ITP). She is currently working on several clinical and translational projects related to efficacy and safety of novel ITP treatments in children, as well as investigating the mechanisms of response and toxicity in commonly used ITP treatments.

Dr. Despotovic is particularly interested in investigating the development of chronic ITP in children, as well as expanding treatment options for refractory patients.

She is board certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology.


Organization Name Role
American Society of Hematology (ASH) Member
American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology (ASPHO) Member
Hemophilia and Thrombosis Research Society Member
Platelet Disorder Support Association Member


2021   Star Award for Excellence in Patient Care, Baylor College of Medicine

Board Certification

American Board of Pediatrics - Pediatric Hematology/Oncology



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