Daniel Hayes '68, MD

son_dhayes05Daniel Malin Hayes, MD, is a recently retired Medical Oncologist.  Having attended public schools in Hartford, CT, he was educated at Saint Thomas Seminary, in Bloomfield, CT and at Fairfield University (BS, Bio, '68).  Earning his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College, and training at its affiliated hospitals, he completed Fellowship in Medical Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in 1976, and moved to Portland, Maine.   There, he and Phyllis raised four children, and he practiced for 36 years, a practice which is now called, New England Cancer Specialists.

Dan developed a practice of care which balanced compassion, respect for his patients choices, and also which encompassed progressive treatments and clinical trials, new technologies, the development of multidisciplinary and collegial teamwork, and clinical partnerships of all types.

Dan's leadership skills grew within the practice space -- he accepted the challenges of Chair, Maine Medical Center Institutional Review Board, the Presidency of the Medical Staff at Maine Medical Center in 1998, and for 10 years, the Presidency of the Maine Center for Cancer medicine, which grew into a practice of 14 physicians, and a staff of over 120, treating cancer patients throughout southern Maine.  He also recognized early that partnerships in practice included active membership in a number of professional organizations; he served as President of the Northern New England Clinical Oncology Society, and worked on a number of committee positions for the American Society of Clinical Oncology, eventually serving the position of Chair of the Clinical Practice Committee, in 2011.  In the work of this committee, healthcare transformation caught up with Oncology, leading to an expanded voice for Oncology Practices, institutional and independent, in a Council inclusive of all State Societies of ASCO, to the development of standards of care and quality for both independent and institutional practices throughout the country.   As the Affordable Care Act became a reality, this work in Clinical Practice began to create new models of the "Medical Oncology Home," and of payment reform, for all of Medical Oncology to be used by all payers, public and private.

Dan had been a founding Board Member of two community non-profit institutions in Maine:   Spring Harbor Hospital and Hospice of Southern Maine.   These institutions broadly serve the communities of Maine well; improving the lives of both the mentally ill and those who approached the end of life.

Having thrived in an era of rapid and transformative changes in healthcare, expanding partnership goals, and responsibility, Dan continues to help provide this Advisory Board with a passionate voice and vision, placing the School of Nursing at Fairfield University central to healthcare learning, debate, dialogue, and strategies which integrate and promote the many new disciplines, services, expenditures, industries, and professions who help care for the sick.