About Russell Hayden, M.D.
Russell Hayden, M.D., is a urologist with a sub-specialty in male infertility and microsurgery. It was during his graduate studies in biomedical engineering at Johns Hopkins University where Dr. Hayden’s drive to work in an impactful field of medicine where technology, precision, and creative problem solving align manifested. Dr. Hayden then earned his medical degree from Harvard University.
He remained in Massachusetts to pursue his residencies in general surgery and urology from Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. Dr. Hayden then completed his fellowship in reproductive medicine and microsurgery at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York. Coming from a family of tradesmen, Dr. Hayden takes pride in the levels of problem-solving urology requires, including the intricate and skill-heavy type of microsurgery that requires manipulation of tissue at magnifications as high as 25-fold, often with sutures finer than a human hair.
Dr. Hayden is a member of the American Urological Association, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology, the Society for the Study of Male Reproduction, and the New York Academy of Sciences. He has published papers, written chapters, and presented several topics, including vestibular prostheses, azoospermia, metastatic prostate cancer, and more. Dr. Hayden joined Shady Grove Fertility’s Center for Male Fertility in 2021, and currently sees patients at the Chesterbrook, PA and Towson, MD, offices, as well as additional SGF Pennsylvania locations. Originally trained as an electrical engineer, Dr. Hayden enjoys making small robots and other toys with his two sons in his garage in his spare time as well as spending family time outdoors.
- Residency: Urology and General Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital
- Fellowship: Reproductive Medicine and Microsurgery, Weill Cornell Medicine
AWARDS & RECOGNITION
- AAGL awarded best abstract in category of reproductive medicine
- New York Academy of Sciences
- American Society for Reproductive Medicine
- American Urological Association
- Society for Male Reproduction and Urology
- Society for the Study of Male Reproduction
Q & A
Q: Where did your interest in reproductive endocrinology come from?
A: Reproductive urology is a unique field that requires creative problem solving at multiple levels. As a relatively young field of medicine, our understanding of male subfertility is continuously growing as new research surfaces. Lifelong learning, and repeated engagement with the research literature is paramount to good patient care, and something I find rewarding. Additionally, reproductive urology relies on microsurgery as a means to correct some conditions. Microsurgery requires manipulation of tissue at magnifications as high as 25-fold, often with sutures finer than a human hair. It is demanding surgery that requires a perfectionist attitude. Coming from a family of tradesmen, I take pride in this difficult and skill-heavy type of surgery, which has translated to my post-operative outcomes.
Q: What about SGF makes you the proudest?
A: Shady Grove Fertility prioritizes premier patient outcomes, rather than the number of procedures per patient. This is an oddity in contemporary medical systems, and something in particular that attracted me to Shady Grove Fertility. First and foremost, a physician must put her or himself in the patient’s shoes, and in this regard, I believe Shady Grove Fertility prioritizes the patient in a way I would want to be treated.
Q: Describe a time you were inspired by a patient.
A: One of my long-term patients is a young man who suffered a high spinal cord injury during a motor vehicle accident. He met his wife prior to the accident, then married and attempted to family build following the injury. Despite his significant injuries and full tetraplegia, they were able to achieve conception naturally and have maintained a healthy home for their new infant.
Q: Who inspires you?
A: My thesis advisor during my graduate studies in biomedical engineering continues to serve as my principal role model in life. A family man, physician scientist, microsurgeon, and engineer, he has demonstrated the importance of pursuing impactful work while maintaining a work-life balance. The ambitious projects he has tackled reminds me that medical research requires both a long game and a focus on the practical problems at hand.
Q: What’s on your bucket list?
I would consider myself a tech enthusiast. Now that space tourism may actually become a reality, I would like to experience low-orbit in space one day.
Q: What are your hobbies and why do you enjoy them?
A: I enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, wood working, machining, computer programming, and 3D printing. Originally trained as an electrical engineer, I continue to use these skills to tinker in my garage constructing small robots and other toys for my two sons.
Q: What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
A: My family and I spend much of our free time doing outdoors activities like fishing and camping. Over the last year, we visited multiple national parks, including Yellowstone and Badlands National Park. We are also active amateur astronomers and carry our telescope on most of these trips to enjoy the night sky.