• Carolyn Hayes, PhD, RN, NEA-BC

    Carolyn Hayes, PhD, RN, NEA-BC
    Associate Chief Nurse, Oncology, Medical and Integrative Nursing, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham and Women's Hospital

    Phone: 617-632-5144
    Email: chayes@partners.org


    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    450 Brookline Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215


    I have been at Dana-Farber since 2004. Prior to coming here I was at Brigham and Women's Hospital, where I continue to serve as an associate chief nurse. I have more than 25 years of experience in Nursing, including 20 years in formal leadership positions. My research, teaching and writing have focused on clinical ethics, integrative therapies and nursing administration. I am a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Executive Fellow, cohort 2012-2015. I hold adjunct faculty/visiting scholar appointments at some of our local schools of nursing. I am a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the Association of Oncology Nurse Executives, Oncology Nurse Leaders-Massachusetts/Rhode Island, The American Nurses Association, The Massachusetts Association of Registered Nurses, and the Society for Integrative Oncology.  


    Education and Training
    Boston College, PhD, 1999
    University of Illinois at Chicago, MSN, Nursing Service Administration, 1998
    Georgetown University, BSN, 1983
    University of Chicago Hospitals, Administrative Fellow, 1988-1989
    Harvard School of Social Medicine, Fellowship in Medical Ethics, 2001-2002
    Harvard Business School, BWH Leadership Program, 2009-2010
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Nurse Executive Fellow, 2012-2015

    Nurse Executive Advanced, AACN, October 2006


    • Partners in Excellence Award, Partners HealthCare System - Oncology eMAR Design and Implementation, 2009
    • Partners in Excellence Award, Partners HealthCare System - DF/BWCC Patient Navigator Program, 2006
    • Partners in Excellence Award, Partners HealthCare System - Quality Treatment and Service, 2006
    • Partners in Excellence Award, Partners HealthCare System - Ambulatory to Inpatient Chemo Pathway, 2005
    • Partners in Excellence Award, Partners HealthCare System - Chemotherapy Desensitization, 2005
    • Partners in Excellence Award, Partners Healthcare System, Signature Initiative 2-2:Smart pump team, 2004
    • Teamwork Award, Chemotherapy Desensitization, DFCI QI Fair, Desensitization, 2004
    • AJN Book of the Year Award given to Ethical issues relevant to health promotion, 2002
    • Partners in Excellence Award, Partners HealthCare System, Emotional Support Task Force, 2001
    • Starfish Award, Brigham and Women's Hospital, 2001
    • Boston College Graduate School of Nursing Dissertation of the Year Award, 2000

    Select Publications

    • Hayes, C. (2004) Chapter 3, Linking Newman’s Theory of HEC to Ethics and Caring, In Picard & Jones (eds.), Giving Voice To What We Know: Margaret Newman's Theory of Health as Expanding Consciousness in Nursing Practice, Research and Education, Jones and Bartlett Publishers: Sudbury, MA
    • Hayes, C. (2004) Can Synergy Describe Ambulatory Practice? Excellence in Nursing Knowledge, 1(1), Sigma Theta Tau International. http://www.nursingknowledge.org
    • Hayes, C., Reid Ponte, P. , Coakley, A. Stanghellini, E., Gross, A. Perryman, S., Hanley, D., Hickey, N. & Somerville, J. (2005) Retaining oncology nurses – Strategies for today’s nurse leader. Oncology Nursing Forum 32 (6) 1087-1090
    • Reid Ponte, P., Hayes, C., Coakley, A., Stanghellini, E., Gross, A., Perryman, S., Hanley, D., Hickey, N. & Somerville, J. (2005). Partnering with schools of nursing: An effective recruitment strategy. Oncology Nursing Forum, 32, (5) 901-903
    • Hayes, C (2007) Chapter 8, The AACN Synergy Model for Patient CareTM in an Ambulatory Practice Setting, in Synergy: The Unique Relationship Between Nurses and Patients, Curley (ed), The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International.
    • Ponte, P.R., Glazer, G., Dann, E., McCollum, K., Gross, A., Tyrrell, R., Branowicki, P., Noga, P., Winfrey, M., Cooley, M., Saint-Eloi, S., Hayes, C., Nicolas, P., Washington, D., (2007)  "The Power of Professional Nursing Practice – An Essential Element of Patient and Family Centered Care" OJIN: The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing 12 (1), Manuscript 3. Available: www.nursingworld.org/ojin/topic32/tpc32_3.htm
    • Bauer-Wu, S., Yeager, K, Norris, R., Lu, Q., Habin, K.R., Hayes, C., Jurchak, M. (2009) Communication and Planning at the End of Life: A Survey of Women with Advanced Stage Breast Cancer Journal of Communication in Healthcare. Vol. 2, Issue 4, pp. 371-386
    • Lu, Weidong, Ott, M.J., Kennedy, S., Mathay, M.B., Doherty-Gilman, A., Dean-Clower, E., Hayes, C. Rosenthal, D. (2009)“Integrative Tumor Board:  a case report and discussion from Dana Farber Cancer Institute” Integrative Cancer Therapies 8(3) p.235-241