Vigersky Outstanding Clinical Practitioner Award
Frances J. Hayes, MBBCh
Frances J. Hayes’s outstanding clinical skills were evident during medical school, when she was awarded the Gold Medal in Clinical Medicine at graduation.
After clinical and research leadership roles at the University of Dublin and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Dr. Hayes currently serves as the associate clinic chief of endocrinology at Mass General, one of the largest endocrine divisions in the country. She was the unanimous choice for this position because, although her subspecialty expertise is in reproductive endocrinology, her knowledge and clinical acumen are such that her opinion is sought by colleagues on complex cases across endocrinology.
“I have been a member of the Endocrine Society since I started my Endocrine fellowship in Dublin, Ireland in the early 1990s. The Society’s annual meeting was always a highlight of my year and it was through networking at one of these meetings that I got my first job as a research fellow in Boston. For me, the Endocrine Society is my academic home. Over the years, the Society’s meetings and journals have been my go-to place to present research, and to keep up to date with developments in the field. On a personal level, serving on Council and committees also afforded me the opportunity to develop long lasting friendships with a cadre of wonderful colleagues and Endocrine Society staff.”
She has brought best practices and efficiency to the division, always with an eye to the best patient experience. She has won the prestigious Patients’ Choice Award and the Partners in Excellence Awards at the MGH, both highly competitive. In the past few years, she has been instrumental in establishing a number of specialty clinics at MGH dedicated to providing optimal multidisciplinary care for patients with Turner syndrome, Klinefelter syndrome, and the transgender population. These clinics not only provide state-of-the-art, multi-disciplinary clinical care but, by involving colleagues in pediatric endocrinology, help to ensure a seamless transition for adolescents as they transfer care to adult providers.
Her national prominence in the care of male hypogonadism is recognized in her role as an author in the Endocrine Society’s Guideline on Management of Male Hypogonadism. She treats each patient as a unique problem to be matched with the best and most recently available research and to do so with her highly humanistic care, such that all her patients love her. Thus, Frances Hayes is a remarkable role model who combines the best of rigorous and sensitive personal patient care with a clear sense of where clinical endocrinology is going and how to get there.