Dr. Allison Hays

United States

Mentor Match Award – Mentor2021 Escalator Awards

The Mentor Match program has been an invaluable experience in broadening my network, having a wonderful experience with a talented mentee, Ellise, and giving us important feedback for our project. The program is very supportive, well-organized and effective in building skills for professional women in cardiology.

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in collaboration with Dr. Ellise Gambahaya

Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a rare and potentially fatal complication of pregnancy. Multiple risk factors have been demonstrated, including an increased association with development in women of African descent. However, less is known about the association of race with in-hospital outcomes at the time of delivery. This study reviewed data from the 2016-2018 National Inpatient Sample (NIS) database. Patients with a diagnosis of PPCM were identified using the Tenth Revision of International Classification of Diseases (ICD-10) codes. The proportion of patients with various cardiovascular outcomes in each racial group was determined.


Dr. Allison G. Hays, MD, FSCMR, FASE, FACC is an Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Cardiology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  

Dr. Hays is a graduate of Stanford University where she graduated with honors in Biology and English (BA and BS).  She obtained her medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons where she received honors from the Alpha Omega Alpha Society.   She completed medicine residency at Columbia-New York Presbyterian and Cardiology fellowship training at New York University and Johns Hopkins, where she pursued advanced cardiovascular imaging training and research. She joined the Johns Hopkins Cardiology faculty after fellowship, and is currently Associate Professor of Medicine in Cardiology, serving as the Medical Director of the Echocardiography Lab at Hopkins for 3 years.  

Dr. Hays has specific training and expertise in research areas in testing and refining new cardiac MR methods, specifically with a focus on coronary and vascular imaging. She is a pioneer in the development of noninvasive MRI methods for measuring coronary endothelial function. She has published her work in top specialty and subspecialty journals and presented her work at national and international scientific meetings. She has been actively engaged in the American Society of Echo and the Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (SCMR) where she previously served as Program Chair for the society.  She is currently on the Board of Trustees of SCMR.

As principal investigator or co-investigator on several grants from the American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and NIH, she has built strong collaborations amongst other non-invasive imaging experts including colleagues in Cardiology, Radiology and Biomedical Engineering. She has extensive involvement as an investigator on grants focusing on coronary and body composition imaging and has made critical contributions to the field of non-invasive imaging, with a recent focus on HIV and women’s cardiovascular health.  Her academic accomplishments include extramural grants, publications, speaking invitations, editorships, leadership roles, participation on PhD thesis advisor committees, and organizational activities for national and international scientific conferences. Dr. Hays regularly mentors fellows, students and junior faculty.  In addition, she is a wife and mother of two girls, and enjoys traveling, tennis, and watching British period films.