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Hayes Wanamaker, Class of 1977, Inducted in 2005

Hayes Wanamaker performed cochlear implant surgery several years ago on a 14-month old child at Crouse Hospital, making her the youngest person ever to receive the device in Central New York. 

In an article published about the event in the “Post Standard,” Hayes said providing deaf babies with the ability to hear “is probably the most gratifying thing I do.”  As a physician specializing in otolaryngology, he has a keen interest in hearing and balance disorders, and the diagnoses and treatment of children with hearing loss.

 “I had a natural inclination toward medicine from my father, who was and remains my role model and mentor,” Hayes said.  But he also had a great deal of inspiration from people at F-M High School. 

“Ron Hauck’s physics class taught me how to study science in a structured format that built each concept on the one before.  In Advanced Placement English, taught by Karen Keane and Marty Hiestand, I learned how to organize my thoughts and express them clearly in writing.  (These are) lessons that have served me well since, as an English major in college, and as an author of scientific publications.”

After finishing at F-M, Hayes graduated from Dartmouth College as a Rufus Choate Scholar (top 5% of his class), and attended SUNY Upstate Medical Center.  He completed his residency in Syracuse, and a Fellowship in Otology-Neurotology at the Ear Research Foundation in Sarasota, Florida. 

Throughout his years of practice, Hayes has published dozens of articles in scientific journals.  He’s also been the recipient of two grants.  One - the Deafness Research Foundation Grant - funded a study to develop techniques and methods for delivering medications directly to the inner ear to repair damaged tissue. 

He was also the recipient of a NIH-NIDCD grant for a large, multidisciplinary project at the Institute for Sensory Research, which is part of Syracuse University.  This research studied the structural and anatomic basis for how certain aspects of hearing are coded and reported to the hearing part of the brain.

As a physician, Hayes has received numerous honors, including being named in Consumers’ Research Council of America Guide to America’s Top Physicians.  In 1997, he received an award for “Best Paper” at the Society of Ear Research Foundation Fellows annual meeting.

Hayes offers some important words of advice to today’s high school students.  “The education available to you at F-M is a wonderful gift.  You are surrounded by talented, dedicated teachers, a supportive learning environment, and something I didn’t realize until later, bright fellow students to push you.  Do not squander this gift, which many of your peers at other school systems are not given.”

When not working, Hayes is an avid supporter of community activities in Syracuse and the Central New York area, which he says is a family tradition.  Hayes has been on the Crouse Health Foundation Board of Directors for ten years. 

He also received a “40 under 40” Leadership Greater Syracuse Award in 1998.  He has served on the Salvation Army Board for five years, and professes to be “a computer technology geek” as well.  He and his wife, Tammy Lynn Anthony, enjoy all kinds of dancing, as well as snow skiing, water skiing and spending time with their three children.

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