In Memoriam: Tamara Hayes, Ph.D.

The School of Medicine is saddened to announce that Tamara Hayes, Ph.D., passed away on July 28. Please take a moment to learn more about Dr. Hayes and the important contributions she made to OHSU and her field of research.

Memorial Service

Saturday, Aug 24, 1 p.m.
Finley-Sunset Hills Memorial Garden chapel (6801 Southwest Sunset Highway Portland, OR 97225).

About Dr. Hayes

Tamara HayesDr. Hayes received her M.A.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto in 1990, and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh in 1994. After receiving her doctorate she worked at OHSU doing telemedicine research, developing a teledermatology system and doing outcomes research evaluating the use of the system to deliver tertiary dermatology care to rural Oregon. She then worked in industrial software development at Informix and IBM, both as an engineer and a senior manager. She returned to OHSU in 2002 as an Assistant Professor in the newly formed Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Dr. Hayes' research interests included the use of ubiquitous computing to deliver health care in the home, with the goal of changing the current paradigm of clinic-centered health care to a model that is less costly, more effective, and allows an individual to participate more fully in their own health care. This work was done collaboratively with other researchers in the Point of Care laboratory, with clinicians and scientists at the Layton Center for Alzheimer's and Aging Research, and with industry partners.

Making Gifts

You can write a check to the OHSU Foundation at any time and simply note at the bottom that the gifts are in memory of Tamara Hayes (or, if you prefer "The Tamara Hayes Scholarship Fund"). You do not need to specify a fund number at this time. If "Tamara Hayes" is written anywhere on the check, the funds will go to the pending account until a decision is made by her family on a specific name or other details of how the scholarship will work.

The fund has been set up to encourage and recognize outstanding graduate students in Biomedical Engineering at OHSU. This is particularly fitting for Tamara's passion, and what she would want to see continue. 

  • The Foundation has set up a website that can also receive donations for the fund