Chad Hayes, MD, FAAP
I grew up in South Carolina, then moved to Maryland for a few years for my undergraduate training at the United States Naval Academy, where I majored in English. My wife and I got married the week after graduation, and the Navy moved us to Charleston, SC.
My naval career was unexpectedly cut short by some health problems, and I was forced to chose a new career. After some long conversations with my wife, who has been more than supportive throughout this journey, I decided to pursue a career in medicine. I didn’t make the decision lightly–it’s a long road that costs a lot of money, takes a lot of time, and can sometimes drain every bit of your physical and emotional energy. But it was the right call for me.
I earned my Doctor of Medicine degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 2013, and then completed my residency training in pediatrics at the Greenville Health System Children’s Hospital. I am currently practicing as a general pediatrician in Charleston, SC.
I take a science-based, skeptical approach to medicine. My general approach to pediatrics is to prevent illness whenever possible, avoid over-diagnosing and over-treating self-limited conditions. I’m passionate about science communication and helping parents make well-informed decisions about their children’s health.
I have a beautiful wife and 3 amazing daughters. I enjoy spending time with them, cooking, physical fitness, woodworking, and playing guitar.