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Dr. Don Hayes Appointed Medical Director of Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant Programs at Nationwide Children’s Hospital


Columbus, OH - 12/9/2011

Don Hayes, MD, MS, MEd, recently joined Nationwide Children’s Hospital as medical director of the Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant programs. He comes to Nationwide Children’s from the University of Kentucky Medical Center where he served as the medical director of various programs including Advance Lung Disease and Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant programs as well as the Pediatric Sleep Disorders and Asthma programs.

Dr. Hayes, a nationally recognized physician being named a 2011 Top Physician, has been published in more than 60 peer-reviewed journals and has served as both an international and national speaker at symposia. Dr. Hayes has been actively involved in teaching and community service while receiving numerous grants to fund research.

Dr. Hayes brings to Nationwide Children’s an interest and experience in supporting or “bridging” patients with severely advanced lung disease to lung transplant with artificial technology such as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation or ECMO. Thus, he will lead research efforts to further advance treatment of patients with severe lung disease.

Dr. Hayes completed his medical training at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine graduating with honors. He pursued his combined internal medicine and pediatrics residency at East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine. He then completed three fellowships at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health with a concentration in advanced lung disease and lung transplantation during his adult pulmonary training. Dr. Hayes also has two master’s degrees – one in clinical and translational science and the latter in medical education.

The Transplant Program at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is comprised of Heart Transplant, Lung Transplant, Heart-Lung Transplant, Kidney Transplant and Blood and Marrow Transplant.

Heart transplants are available for end-stage cardiac failure refractory to medical therapy. Lung transplants are available for pulmonary disease that can no longer be treated adequately by traditional means. Heart-lung transplant is available in situations where long standing unrepairable heart disease has damaged the lungs leading to cardiopulmonary failure to the point that a heart transplant alone would not succeed. Heart-lung transplant may also be performed in patients with advanced pulmonary vascular disease resulting in irreversible heart failure. All thoracic transplant programs are certified by the United Network for Organ Sharing, approved by the Ohio Department of Health and Human Services and accepted into the Ohio Solid Organ Transplant Consortium. For more information, go to www.NationwideChildrens.org/Lung-Heart-Transplant.

NOTE TO EDITOR:  Dr. Hayes is a resident of Upper Arlington, Ohio 43220.

Dr. Don Hayes, medical director of Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant Programs.

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