The First Woman to Chair the Surgery Department at the Howard University College of Medicine

Andrea A. Hayes was appointed professor and chair of the department of surgery at the Howard University College of Medicine and Howard University Hospital. She will also serve as the associate director of the Cancer Center at Howard. Dr. Hayes is the first woman to serve as the chair of surgery at Howard University.

“I am extremely honored and humbled to be selected to lead the department of surgery at such a prominent and historic institution,” said Dr. Hayes. “I look forward to leading the Howard University department of surgery in the continued tradition of providing outstanding, innovative care for patients and leading the way to new discoveries.”

Dr. Hayes joins Howard after serving as the surgeon-in-chief and division chief of pediatric surgery at the University of North Carolina Children’s Hospital, where she also served as a professor of pediatric surgery and surgical oncology. Dr. Hayes’ research focuses on rare sarcomas. She specializes in refractory and resistant tumors in children, specifically soft tissue sarcomas in children.

A native of Los Angeles, Dr. Hayes earned a bachelor’s degree in religion and her medical degree at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. She completed a residency program at the University of California Davis-East Bay and a molecular biology fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Hayes then went on to complete a pediatric surgical oncology fellowship at the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, and a pediatric surgery fellowship at the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children.


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