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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. "


Board Certification(s)
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Medical/Professional School
University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle
Pediatrics, Rhode Island Hospital, Providence
Pediatrics, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston
Research Focus Area

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention


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


Presentations TitleEventLocationDate
Preparing Families for Chronic Care: The Palliative Care Model33rd Annual Dialysis ConferenceSeattle, WAMarch 11, 2013
Pediatric Palliative Care: Lessons from the First GenerationHutton Memorial Endowed Lectureship, Johns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimore, MDMay 15, 2012
Pediatric Palliative CarePediatric Palliative Care Research NetworkDenver, COMarch 8, 2012
Palliative Care for Neuromuscular DiseaseMuscular Dystrophy Association, National Clinical AssemblyLas Vegas, NVMarch 6, 2012
Visions of Hope ProjectBerman Institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins UniversityWarrenton, VAApril 27, 2011

Research Funding

Grant TitleGrantorAmountAward Date
Improving Family Outcomes With a Communication Intervention in the ICUNIH/NINR $, $506,867.00Sept. 29, 2009

Primary Office

Seattle Children's
MB.5.605 - Palliative Care
4800 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

Additional Offices

Seattle Children's
OB.8.410 - Rehabilitation Medicine
4800 Sand Point Way NE
Seattle, WA 98105

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