Ryan Hays, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology at UT Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW). He specializes in epilepsy and sleep disorders, and serves as the Section Chief for the Epilepsy section at UTSW, as well as the Medical Director for Sleep Medicine at Parkland Hospital & Health System.
Dr. Hays grew up in Louisiana and Texas, and earned his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry from Texas Wesleyan University, and then his medical degree at Texas A&M College of Medicine. He completed an internship in Internal Medicine at Texas A&M/Scott & White Hospital in Temple, TX, before matriculating into the neurology residency program at Northwestern University in Chicago. He also completed a Sleep Medicine Fellowship at Northwestern, as well as 2 additional fellowships in Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He is one of only of a few specialists in the nation to hold certification from the American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology in four different disciplines: Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, Epilepsy, and Sleep Medicine.
Dr. Hays’ clinical interests include diagnosing and managing seizures and sleep disorders. As Medical Director of William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital’s Epilepsy Monitoring Unit (EMU) and electroencephalography (EEG) services, he oversees the diagnosis and management of patients with refractory epilepsy. He also identifies patients who may be candidates for neurosurgery when medications do not effectively control their seizures. His research interests parallel his clinical practice, and he has authored/co-authored many publications, reviews, and book chapters in these associated fields—covering important topics such as SUDEP (sudden unexplained death in epilepsy), epilepsy surgery techniques and outcomes, the role of autoimmunity in epilepsy, and quality of life issues in patients with epilepsy and sleep disorders.
Dr. Hays has a passion for neurology education, and has served as the former Program Director for the Clinical Neurophysiology and Epilepsy Fellowships at UTSW, as well the prior Assistant Program Director for the Neurology Residency Program at UTSW. He is also the founder of the Advanced Electroencephalography Fellowship Program at UTSW. He has won several teaching awards, and has mentored several residents and fellows-- many of whom have ultimately pursued academic careers themselves.
Because of his interest in healthcare quality and improving processes and systems to deliver the best outcomes for patients, he has obtained an M.B.A. in Healthcare Leadership from the distinguished Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas Dallas. He has worked with several stakeholders to developed systems and processes to monitor and improve patient outcomes at Parkland and UTSW.
He has previously served as the President of the Texas Society of Sleep Professionals, and chaired two of their annual CME symposiums to disseminate updates in the field of sleep medicine throughout the state and the Southwest. Dr. Hays is also active in several other organizations, including serving on the Professional Advisory Board of the Epilepsy Foundation of Texas, and has been elected as a Fellow of the American Epilepsy Society (FAES).
- Medical School
- Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine (2004)
- Scott and White Memorial Hospital (2005), Internal Medicine
- Northwestern University School of Medicine (2008), Neurology
- Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine (2009), Neurophysiology
- Thomas Jefferson University School of Medicine (2010), Epilepsy
- Northwestern University School of Medicine (2011), Sleep Medicine
- Graduate School
- UT Dallas/Naveen Jindal School of Management (2020), Healthcare Leadership
- Electroencephalography (EEG)
- Epilepsy Surgery
- Healthcare Quality
- Intracranial neurophysiology (stereo-EEG, subdural grids/strips, cortical mapping)
- Neurostimulation for epilepsy and sleep disorders
- Quality of life outcomes in patients with epilepsy
- Quality of life outcomes in patients with sleep disorders
- Restless Legs Syndrome
- Sleep Apnea
- Comparison of psychiatric comorbidities and impact on quality of life in patients with epilepsy or psychogenic nonepileptic spells.
- Abe C, Denney D, Doyle A, Cullum M, Adams J, Perven G, Dave H, Dieppa M, Hays R, Agostini M, Ding K, Epilepsy Behav 2019 Nov 102 106649
- Assessing recent suicidal ideation and behavior in the adult epilepsy monitoring unit.
- Husari KS, Blackburn KM, Ding K, Roaten K, Hays R, Epilepsy Behav 2019 Mar 94 100-103
- Performance of the International Index of Erectile Function tool in men with epilepsy.
- Dawson E, Stutzman SE, Olson DM, Hays RS, Epilepsy Behav 2019 Mar 94 78-81
- Diagnostic Yield of 2-Hour EEG Is Similar With 30-Minute EEG in Patients With a Normal 30-Minute EEG.
- Mahuwala Z, Ahmadi S, Bozoky Z, Hays R, Agostini M, Ding K, J Clin Neurophysiol 2019 Feb
- Neurological Autoantibody Prevalence in Epilepsy of Unknown Etiology.
- Dubey D, Alqallaf A, Hays R, Freeman M, Chen K, Ding K, Agostini M, Vernino S JAMA Neurol 2017 Feb
- Evaluation of positive and negative predictors of seizure outcomes among patients with immune-mediated epilepsy: a meta-analysis.
- Dubey D, Farzal Z, Hays R, Brown LS, Vernino S Ther Adv Neurol Disord 2016 Sep 9 5 369-77
- Effect of Gabapentin Enacarbil on Individual Items of the International Restless Legs Study Group Rating Scale and Post-sleep Questionnaire in Adults with Moderate-to-Severe Primary Restless Legs Syndrome: Pooled Analysis of 3 Randomized Trials.
- Ahmed M, Hays R, Steven Poceta J, Jaros MJ, Kim R, Shang G, Clin Ther 2016 Jul 38 7 1726-1737.e1
- Efficacy of gabapentin enacarbil in adult patients with severe primary restless legs syndrome.
- Lee DO, Buchfuhrer MJ, Garcia-Borreguero D, Avidan AY, Ahmed M, Hays R, Ondo WG, Jaros MJ, Kim R, Shang G, Sleep Med. 2016 03 19 50-6
- Temporal lobe volume predicts Wada memory test performance in patients with mesial temporal sclerosis.
- Ding K, Gong Y, Modur PN, Diaz-Arrastia R, Agostini M, Gupta P, McColl R, Hays R, Van Ness P Epilepsy Res. 2015 Nov 120 25-30
- Retrospective case series of the clinical features, management and outcomes of patients with autoimmune epilepsy.
- Dubey D, Samudra N, Gupta P, Agostini M, Ding K, Van Ness PC, Vernino S, Hays R Seizure 2015 Jul 29 143-7
"Sleep Stage Scoring.". In Handbook of Sleep Medicine, 2nd edition.
Ryan S. Hays and Phyllis C. Zee (2011). Philadelphia, PA, Lippincott, Williams, & Wilkins.
"Epilepsy Surgery and the Prevention of SUDEP". In Sudden Death in Epilepsy: Forensic and Clinical Issues
Ryan S. Hays and Michael R. Sperling (2011). Boca Raton, FL, Taylor and Francis Group, LLC
Honors & Awards
- Beta Gama Sigma (Honor society for business school graduates restricted to top 10% of undergrads, top 20% of MBA students and select doctoral candidates at AACSB-accredited business schools).
UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management (2020)
- Phi Kappa Phi (Nations oldest and most selective, multidisciplinary, honor society, designed to recognize the academic achievements of the most outstanding students)
UT Dallas Naveen Jindal School of Management (2019)
- elected Fellow (FAES)
American Epilepsy Society (2017)
- Neurology Faculty - "Trephined Cranium Award"
UTSW Neurology Faculty teacher of the year (2015)
- Board of Director's Distinguished Service Award
Texas Society of Sleep Professionals (2014)
- Neurology Faculty - "Trephined Cranium Award"
UTSW Neurology Faculty teacher of the year (2013)
- Neurology Fellow - Teacher of the Year
Thomas Jefferson University (2010)
- Neurology Resident - Teacher of the Year
Northwestern University (2008)
- Law Sone Award
Texas Wesleyan University (2000)
- American Academy of Sleep Medicine (2011)
- Sleep Research Society (2011)
- Texas Society of Sleep Professionals (2011)
- American Clinical Neurophysiology Society (2010)
- American Epilepsy Society (2009)
- American Academy of Neurology (2008)