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Veteran's Legacy: Inspiring Others to Serve

Dr. Patrick Hayes, an OrthoCarolina Shoulder and Elbow surgeon, has not only dedicated his life to serving the people around him in the medical field but has also achieved remarkable success in his military career.

The Path to Excellence

Despite challenges during his upbringing, Dr. Hayes never lost sight of his dreams.

"They didn't have much growing up, no running water at times, food cans from the church, and their mom made their winter coats to survive the Ohio winters. Education was their answer to get out of their poverty.”- Suzy Hannon, sister-in-law of Hayes

He joined the Air Force and earned an ROTC Scholarship, which paved his way to Duke University. Although he initially pursued engineering, he soon discovered his true calling in medicine. With unwavering determination and exceptional academic performance, he secured a Health Professions Scholarship, ensuring his journey through medical school.

Military Training and Medical Excellence

Dr. Hayes' military service played a pivotal role in shaping his medical career. As an Air Force officer, he excelled at Georgetown Medical School, earning accolades such as Resident of the Year and the Patton Award for Excellence in Teaching. His military training instilled in him discipline, precision, and a deep sense of duty—qualities that are paramount in the field of orthopedics.

His time in the military also provided him with unique opportunities to hone his skills and broaden his experience. At the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, he cared for distinguished individuals, including members of Congress and the White House. This exposure to high-pressure situations and complex cases further elevated his orthopedic expertise, making him a highly sought-after surgeon.

National Service and Recognition

Following his military commitment, Hayes continued to make significant contributions to healthcare. He served as an orthopedic surgeon in various capacities, caring for members of Congress and the White House at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. His outstanding service earned him prestigious awards, including the U.S. Air Force Meritorious Service Medal and the Commander's Coin of Excellence.

Going Outside the Clinic

Beyond his medical practice, Dr. Hayes has participated in four mission trips to Nicaragua, teaching surgical techniques and providing medical assistance to underserved populations. His family has joined him in these endeavors, exemplifying their commitment to giving back to the global community.

Orthopedic Excellence at OrthoCarolina

At OrthoCarolina, Dr. Hayes specializes in shoulder surgery, offering arthroscopic surgery and shoulder replacement reconstruction. His patients come from all over the state to seek his help, a testament to his reputation for excellence. His military training, combined with his extensive experience and commitment to patient care, make him an invaluable asset to our team.

This Veteran's Day, we honor Dr. Hayes not only for his service to our country but also for his continued service to his patients and community. His story is a testament to the power of education, perseverance, and compassion. We are privileged to have Dr. Hayes as part of our team, reminding us all that by embracing opportunities and dedicating ourselves to the service of others, we can truly make a difference.


February 19, 2024

Dr. Hayes repaired my torn rotator cuff and no mote problems with it Full range of motion achieved post surgery. Excellent surgeon!
- Susan Ray