Title: Family Medicine Resident
Company: MultiCare Tacoma Family Medicine
Location: Tacoma, WA
Education: MD, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry (2019); MS in Control of Infectious Disease, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University of London, with Distinction (2015); Undergraduate Intern/Technician, Center for Infectious Disease Research, Seattle, WA (2009, 2010, 2013); BS in Anthropology, Beloit College, with Honors, Summa Cum Laude (2011); BS in Biochemistry, Beloit college, with Honors, Summa Cum Laude (2011)
Career History: Family Medicine Resident, MultiCare Tacoma Family Medicine (2019-Present); Private Tutor, Varsity Tutors (2014-2015); Lab Technician, Seattle Biomedical Research Institute (2009-2013); Middle School Soccer Coach, Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences (2012-2013); Research Assistant, Department of Gastroenterology, Department of Medicine, University of Washington (2011-2012)
Kiera Nevers Hayes, MD, MSc, Family Medicine Resident at MultiCare Tacoma Family Medicine, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of health care.
Since 2019, Dr. Hayes has excelled at MultiCare Tacoma Family Medicine, where she utilizes her expertise in the areas of inpatient medicine and public health while providing a wide range of services. Over the course of an average day at the Washington-based medical clinic, she provides patient care—predominantly for those with acute problems and those in need of chronic follow-ups—makes a variety of emergency department rotations, inpatient medicine rotations, and OB rotations, and is in charge of its committee for social determinants of health—for which she screens patient populations. This role is the culmination of more than a decade’s worth of interest in the field of health care, extensive education, and preparation for her path.
Dr. Hayes first gravitated toward her career while in high school through a teacher of hers who had done a lot of traveling and spoke about neglected diseases, vector-borne diseases, and the intersection between human behavior and health—all of which she found incredibly fascinating. She later double-majored in biochemistry and anthropology at Beloitt College—ultimately graduating summa cum laude and with honors in 2011. Over the course of her studies, she performed laboratory work to gain experience with infectious diseases—working as a lab technician for the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute—and came to realize she needed to conduct face-to-face research with people. Armed with bachelor’s degrees, she spent time in South Africa, studying health care system utilization between allopathic health care, religious healers, and traditional healers. The experience made her want to devote more training to medicine and helping communities; according to her, as interesting as studying people’s behavior was, she really wanted to be able to give something substantial back. With public health and anthropology as her foundations, she pursued medical school.
After completing an internship at the Center for Infectious Disease Research, Dr. Hayes obtained a Master of Science in control of infectious disease from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2015 and then ultimately earned a Doctor of Medicine from the University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry in 2019. In Rochester, beyond just receiving her doctorate, she engaged with homeless health as a volunteer for the UR Street Medicine and Homeless Response Team and developed an electronic medical record system for their street outreach work. While in her current position, she also serves as a National Health Service Corps scholar for residency, through which she will be working in an underserved clinic for a few years, doing inpatient and outpatient work for underserved communities—including the homeless and immigrants.
Outside of her primary endeavors, Dr. Hayes has been active as a volunteer and coordinator for several health care initiatives and has lent her time and energy to such organizations as Health Alliance International and Harborview Medical Center. She is also a proud affiliate of the American Geriatrics Society, American Medical Association, American Academy of Family Physicians, American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry, Washington Academy of Family Physicians, and a former member of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine and Gold Humanism Honor Society, among others. A devoted researcher and writer in the field, she has contributed numerous articles to professional journals, including the Washington Family Physician. Dr. Hayes has been recognized with the R. Knight Steel Award for Excellence in Geriatric Medicine, Department of Family Medicine Award, and a Costanza Community Impact Award.