Get to Know Me
Dr. Laura Hayes is board certified in Diagnostic Radiology and Pediatric Radiology, with additional fellowship training in Pediatric Neuroradiology. After working at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta for over a decade, Dr. Hayes relocated to her husband’s hometown of Pensacola where she reads locally and remotely for Nemours Children’s Healthcare System and serves as an assistant professor for the University of Central Florida’s College of Medicine. Dr. Hayes has authored numerous publications, regularly speaks at annual meetings, chairs the Committee that creates the American Board of Radiology’s certifying examination for pediatric radiology, peer reviews for top pediatric radiology and neuroradiology journals, and is very active in the Society for Pediatric Neuroradiology.
Why I Treat Children
Early life experiences focused my attention on sick children — a sister with epilepsy, a friend with leukemia, and a cousin with hip dysplasia. I was also a patient during my childhood. It always seemed like that was what medicine was all about — making kids feel better so they could just go out and play. For me, pediatric radiology is the most interesting arm of medicine. As a pediatric radiologist, I interpret imaging of fetuses, neonates, infants, toddlers, school-age children and adolescents. During each of these stages, children’s bodies appear different inside and out and are affected by age-specific diseases. The variety and complexity of each exam is challenging to decipher and makes my job very satisfying. Children, in general, get better and heal quickly. They usually complain a lot less than adults, don’t bring the illnesses on themselves and have a long life ahead of them. I want to help kids get back to their normal childhood. As a parent, I am also very in tune with helping parents and other caregivers.
What I'm Passionate About
Doing things the right way, from the start. My mom was a sonographer, and she always spent time with the patient and the radiologist making sure the right diagnosis was made. No cutting corners. If you are going to do it, please do it right. I’m also passionate about treating people as equals. I was a file clerk in radiology in high school. I had the opportunity to see radiology from many different standpoints. Each person that is involved — patients, caregivers, radiologists, technologists, nurses, secretaries, transporters and janitors. We are a team. It is important to work together. I’m passionate about staying focused on each patient. Healthcare is difficult to maneuver as a patient, a caregiver and a physician. As a radiologist, I strive to image the patient with the optimal study for the indication; perform the scan the proper way with the least radiation, contrast and anesthesia necessary; interpret the study accurately; and guide the ordering physician to the proper treatment and necessary imaging follow-up. Finally, imaging itself — quality and safety are imperative. I am very passionate about using proper technique and advanced technology when indicated. It bothers me when people say, “But we have always done it this way.” Areas in which I have special medical interest include: Child abuse imaging Pediatric brain and spine tumors Pediatric epilepsy imaging
Make A Difference
I work hard and treat each child like they are my own. I’m a life-long learner, and enjoy staying up to date on imaging techniques and the ever-changing and expanding body of medical knowledge. I perform research and author publications. These are some of the most powerful ways to make a difference, as they can affect such a great number of children. I’m involved in medical societies. For instance, I am the chair of the social media committee for the American Society of Pediatric Neuroradiology (ASPNR). We strive to disseminate information and education about pediatric neuroimaging, thus making a global impact. I help in my community. For instance, I work with a local hospital to enrich their pediatric imaging — recently starting a fetal MRI program there so that pregnant mothers don’t have to travel so far for their scans. I also assist with imaging of child abuse for the Gulf Coast Kids House.
Education & Training
- Pediatric Neuroradiology
- Childrens Healthcare of Atlanta ScottishRite Campu,
- Pediatric Radiology
- Emory University School of Medicine Program,
- Diagnostic Radiology
- Emory University School of Medicine Program,
- Internal Medicine
- Mount Sinai Medical Center of Florida Program,
- University of Miami,
- American Board of Radiology/Pediatric Radiology
- American Board of Radiology/Diagnostic Radiology
Awards & Recognition
Quality & Safety Star Award, Nemours Department of Radiology
Volunteer Service Award, American Board of Radiology
Cum Laude Award, Radiological Society of North America