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.

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6 thoughts on “Bio

  1. Hi Chad!

    Just saw the blurb about you in the USNA alumni email; felt compelled to write based on common experience. I’m an ’02 grad, went all the way through flight school and got my wings, then ended up being med discharged. Bounced around a bit and eventually decided on pursuing med school. Currently wrapping up premed work and getting ready for MCAT; seeing your story was almost like the universe saying, “Yes, you’re on the right path.” Anyway, just wanted to give you a shout out, say congrats on achieving your medical career and wish you the best in the future… perhaps we’ll bump into one another at some point.

    Mike Cronauer
    Virginia Beach, VA

    • Mike,


      Sorry to hear about your experience, but it can turn into a positive thing. Medicine is a long and difficult road for you and those around you, and it really doesn’t make financial sense. BUT–if there’s nothing else that will let you retire and feel like you accomplished your purpose, it’s worth it. For me, I considered several other paths, and had a few appealing offers. But I knew I wouldn’t be happy or fulfilled in any other job. Even now, nearing the end of training, it’s tough (but no worse than USNA or flight school), and absolutely worth it. You’ll be attractive to admissions boards, well-prepared to learn the material, and better prepared than most of your classmates to make good decisions in stressful circumstances.

      If there’s anything I can do to help, just let me know.

      -Chad (USNA ’06)

  2. I am enjoy and learn from everything you write.

    You have a solid approach to this potentially burnout specialty of pediatrics and your joy will increase year by year. Mine has and I’d be happy to talk.

  3. Chad,
    I read your bio with grew interest. First, thank you for your service while in the U.S. Navy. It appears you are at the threshold of your career while I approach the twilight. I hope Pediatrics is as rewarding to you as it has been to me. I am in concert with your skeptic/minimalist approach and encourage you in that effort. There is little more frustrating to me, as a Pediatric Hospitalist, than over-diagnosed and over-treated children. Unfortunately, this occurs on an all too frequent basis. Keep your principles, you will be vindicated as you recognize that, often, less is more.
    Good luck! Now go out there, save lives and stamp out disease.

  4. Hi Chad

    I am a pediatrician in Delaware (via Maryland, Chicago and New York) and started a podcast
    on iTunes etc podcast pediatricians with another private practice pediatrician buddy across town – we quoted you a bit for the recent telemedicine rant – Thank you! Keep up the great work.
    Rob Walter