Columbus Physician Receives AMA Young Physician Award

November 14, 2011

The American Medical Association (AMA) today awarded Don Hayes, M.D., medical director of the Lung and Heart-Lung Transplant programs at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, with the Dr. William Beaumont Award in Medicine. This honor is awarded each year to a distinguished young physician for his or her work in medical sciences. Dr. Hayes received the award today at the AMA’s semi-annual policy-making meeting.

“Dr. Hayes is a young physician who has already proven himself to be a leader in pulmonary medicine, research and education,” said AMA President Peter Carmel, M.D. “The AMA is pleased to honor Dr. Hayes’ accomplishments, which are an inspiration to other young physicians and medical students.”

Dr. Hayes has received numerous grants for research to advance the treatment of patients with severe lung disease. He has been published in more than 60 peer-reviewed journals and has served as both an international and national speaker at symposia. Dr. Hayes is also actively involved in teaching and community service.

Dr. Hayes completed his medical training at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, graduating with honors. He completed 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 dual masters degrees in clinical and translational science and medical education.

About Nationwide Children's Hospital

Named to the Top 10 Honor Roll on U.S. News & World Report’s 2019-20 list of “Best Children’s Hospitals,” Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of America’s largest not-for-profit freestanding pediatric health care systems providing wellness, preventive, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitative care for infants, children and adolescents, as well as adult patients with congenital disease. Nationwide Children’s has a staff of more than 13,000 providing state-of-the-art pediatric care during more than 1.5 million patient visits annually. As home to the Department of Pediatrics of The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Nationwide Children’s physicians train the next generation of pediatricians and pediatric specialists. The Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the Top 10 National Institutes of Health-funded freestanding pediatric research facilities. More information is available at