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Biography

Russell Hayden, M.D., is a urologist with a sub-specialty in male infertility and microsurgery. 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.

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Education

  • Residency: Urology and General Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship: Reproductive Medicine and Microsurgery, Weill Cornell Medicine
  • 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

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Q&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 are 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.   

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.  

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.

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