A graduate of Vanderbilt University and Vanderbilt University Medical School, Dr. Hayes interned in Surgery at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center in New York, completed a General Surgery residency at Vanderbilt, served two years as a U.S. Army surgeon and finished his residency in Plastic Surgery at New York University/Institute of Reconstructive Surgery. He received special training in Surgery of the Hand from Dr. Robert Beasley in New York.
Since joining the Plastic Surgery Group in 1970, he has devoted most of his professional life to Hand Surgery. In 1981 Dr. Hayes founded the Chattanooga Hand Rehabilitation Center and the Hayes Hand Center.
Dr. Hayes is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, The American Association of Hand Surgeons, American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, and other major professional surgical societies. He has served as President of the Tennessee Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Tennessee Hand Society, Chairman of the Computer Uses Committee of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, President of the Chattanooga Academy of Surgery and as Chief of Surgery at Erlanger Medical Center. After serving as Acting Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery, he taught Hand Surgery in both the Departments of Plastic Surgery and Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine Chattanooga.
Dr. Hayes is certified by the American Board of Surgery, The American Board of Plastic Surgery and holds a Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand with the original exam group.
Dr. Hayes retired in July 2008 from his practice and returned in 2009-2010 as Director of Research for the Department of Plastic Surgery. He is a Professor Emeritus with the Department of Plastic Surgery and continues to instruct residents in the field of plastic and hand surgery.