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Ross M. Hays, MD

Ross M. Hays, MD

PAC Team, Bioethics, Rehabilitation

On staff since December 1983

Children's Title: Director, Palliative Care Program; Chair, Ethics Committee

Academic Title: Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine; Adjunct Professor, Division of Bioethics, Department of Pediatrics and Department of Bioethics and Humanities; University of Washington School of Medicine

Research Center: Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development

"Seattle Children’s is fortunate to have one of the most established pediatric palliative care programs in the country. The members of the palliative care team are among the most courageous and talented people in our organization. The children we work with have life-limiting illnesses; they and their parents are my teachers. They help me to be a better doctor every day. It is a privilege to do this work. "

Ross Hays, MD, is an ethics consultant for the Treuman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics and chair of the Ethics Committee at Seattle Children’s Hospital. He is also medical director for the Palliative Care Consultation Service at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Hays was primary investigator of the Robert Wood Johnson Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care Program. He is board certified in pediatrics, rehabilitation medicine and hospice and palliative care.  Dr. Hays has been principal investigator on a trial using botulinum toxin to improve function for children with cerebral palsy and co-investigator in a study of the efficacy of selective dorsal rhizotomy in the treatment of cerebral palsy. He has participated in research investigating pain and painful procedures in children and projects to improve education on chronic disease and disability.  Dr. Hays is the pediatric clinical core leader for the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance’s Muscular Dystrophy Cooperative Research Center, which provides care to children with severe life-limiting illness using a unique model that is highly regarded throughout the country. He also provides consultation on pediatric palliative care to hospitals regionally and nationally.

Overview

Board Certification(s)

Pediatrics
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Hospice and Palliative Medicine

Medical/Professional School

University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle

Residency

Pediatrics, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence
Pediatrics, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston

Fellowship

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston

Research Focus Area

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Publications

  • Ross M. Hays, MD
    Integrating Palliative Care Into the PICU: A Report From the Improving Palliative Care in the ICU Advisory Board
    Pediatr Crit Care Med , 2014 July 30
  • Ross M. Hays, MD
    Choosing and Using Screening Criteria for Palliative Care Consultation in the ICU: a Report from the Improving Palliative Care in the ICU (IPAL-ICU) Advisory Board
    Crit Care Med , 2013 Oct. : 41(10)2318-27
  • Ross M. Hays, MD
    Examining Palliative Care Team Involvement in Automatic Consultations for Children on Extracorporeal Life Support in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
    J Palliat Med , 2013 May 13 : 16(5)492-95
  • Ross M. Hays, MD
    Palliative Care in the Pediatric ICU: Challenges and Opportunities For Family Centered Practice
    Journal of Social Work in End-of-Life and Palliative Care , 2012 Nov. 29 : 8(4)297-315
  • Ross M. Hays, MD
    Integrating Palliative Care in the Surgical and Trauma Intensive Care Unit: A Report From the Improving Palliative Care in the Intensive Care Unit (IPAL-ICU) Project Advisory Board and the Center to Advance Palliative Care
    Crit Care Med , 2012 Apr, 1 : 40(4)1199 - 1206
  • Ross M. Hays, MD
    Physician Reimbursement For Critical Care Services Integrating Palliative Care For Critically Ill Patients
    Chest , 2012 Mar. 1 : 141(3)787-92
  • Ross M. Hays, MD
    Pediatric Palliative Care Patients: A Prospective Multicenter Cohort Study
    Pediatrics , 2011 June 1 : 127(6)1094 - 1101
  • Ross M. Hays, MD
    Introducing Home-Based Palliative Care and Hospice in the Textbook of Interdisciplinary Pediatric Palliative Care
    Elsevier, Philadelphia , 2011 Feb. 9 : 195-199

Presentations

Presentations Title Event Location Date
Preparing Families for Chronic Care: The Palliative Care Model 33rd Annual Dialysis Conference Seattle, WA March 11, 2013
Pediatric Palliative Care: Lessons from the First Generation Hutton Memorial Endowed Lectureship, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine Baltimore, MD May 15, 2012
Pediatric Palliative Care Pediatric Palliative Care Research Network Denver, CO March 8, 2012
Palliative Care for Neuromuscular Disease Muscular Dystrophy Association, National Clinical Assembly Las Vegas, NV March 6, 2012
Visions of Hope Project Berman Institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins University Warrenton, VA April 27, 2011

Research Funding

Grant Title Grantor Amount Award Date
Improving Family Outcomes With a Communication Intervention in the ICU NIH/NINR $506,867.00 Sept. 29, 2009