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Katie Reeder-Hayes, MD, MBA, authored a commentary in the June 8, 2011 Journal of the American Medical Association for the “A Piece of My Mind” column. In her commentary, titled “Way Back When,” she discusses how she has changed since becoming a physician and the challenges and rewards her career offers.

She says, “Through my patients, I am reminded that everyday life, the mundaneness of hard work and piled-up laundry and wiggling children climbing into my bed too early on Saturday morning, is precious.”

Reeder-Hayes is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Sheps Center for Health Services Research, supported by a National Research Service Award (NIH) grant. She is studying health services research in oncology including secondary database work in the SEER/Medicare population as well as clinical research focusing on patient and physician decision making.

Reeder-Hayes, a fellow in the division of hematology/oncology since 2008, sees breast cancer patients in the clinic once a week, working with Claire Dees, MD.

She earned her medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and her MBA from Auburn University School of Business.

Reeder Hayes was awarded the Robert L. Ney Award for Humanism in Medicine in 2007 from the UNC School of Medicine when she was completing her internship and residency in internal medicine.