Sydney Morss Dy, M.D.

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  • Joint Appointment in Medicine

Languages: English, French


Cancer Survivorship, Internal Medicine, Palliative Care more

Research Interests

Health policy and management; Quality of care; Quality improvement; Quality measurement; Quality indicators; Palliative care; End-of-life care; Pain; Symptoms; Hospice; Oncology; Communication; Decision-making; Patient safety; Medication safety; Patient-reported outcomes; Information technology; Medications; Comparative effectiveness; Health services research; Medicare; Systematic reviews; Consensus processes; Technology; Cancer; Primary care; Care transitions; Opioids; Qualitative; Implementation science more

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Appointment Phone: 410-955-0670
10753 Falls Road
Pavilion II Suite 325
Lutherville, MD 21093
Phone: 410-583-2774 | Fax: 410-583-2883
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Dr. Sydney Morss Dy currently practices with the Primary Care for Cancer Survivors Program at Green Spring Station. She holds a joint appointment in medicine and in oncology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. She is a professor of health policy and management at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Her areas of clinical expertise include cancer survivorship, internal medicine, and palliative care. For many years, she was the physician for the pain and symptom management clinic in the Cancer Center and for Hopkins' cancer case management program.

Dr. Dy earned her M.D. and her M.Sc. in health services research from the Stanford University School of Medicine. She completed both a residency and a fellowship at Johns Hopkins before joining the faculty in 2001. more



  • MD; Stanford University School of Medicine (1995)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (1998)


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2001)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Hospice and Palliative Care) (2010)
  • American Board of Internal Medicine (Internal Medicine) (1998)

Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Dy has extensively investigated quality of care, safety and decision-making, particularly in patients with cancer and other serious and terminal illnesses. Her research has included systematic literature reviews, primary qualitative and quantitative data collection, analyses of secondary databases and quality measurement improvement. She is particularly interested in improving health systems and services to increase the appropriateness of technology and medication use, as well as in end-of-life health care policy, especially with quality measurement.

Selected Publications

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Winters BD, Bharmal A, Wilson RF, Zhang A, Engineer L, Defoe D, Bass EB, Dy S, Pronovost PJ. “Validity of the agency for health care research and quality patient safety indicators and the centers for Medicare and Medicaid hospital-acquired conditions: a systematic review and meta-analysis.” Med Care. 2016 Dec;54(12):1105-1111.

Waldfogel JM, Battle DJ, Rosen M, Knight L, Saiki CB, Nesbit SA, Cooper RS, Browner IS, Hoofring LH, Billing LS, Dy SM. “Team leadership and cancer end-of-life decision making.” J Oncol Pract. 2016 Nov;12(11):1135-1140.

Lee JL, Beach MC, Berger ZD, Pfoh ER, Gallo J, Dy SM, Wu AW. “A qualitative exploration of favorite patients in primary care.” Patient Educ Couns. 2016 Nov;99(11):1888-1893. doi: 10.1016/j.pec.2016.06.023.

Lashoher A, Schneider EB, Juillard C, Stevens K, Colantuoni E, Berry WR, Bloem C, Chadbunchachai W, Dharap S, Dy SM, Dziekan G, Gruen RL, Henry JA, Huwer C, Joshipura M, Kelley E, Krug E, Kumar V, Kyamanywa P, Mefire AC, Musafir M, Nathens AB, Ngendahayo E, Nguyen TS, Roy N, Pronovost PJ, Khan IQ, Razzak JA, Rubiano AM, Turner JA, Varghese M, Zakirova R, Mock C. “Implementation of the World Health Organization Trauma Care Checklist Program in 11 centers across multiple economic strata: effect on care process measures.” World J Surg. 2016 Oct 31. [Epub ahead of print]

Waldfogel JM, Nesbit S, Cohen SP, Dy SM. “Successful treatment of opioid-refractory cancer pain with short-course, low-dose ketamine.” J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother. 2016 Oct 18:1-4. [Epub ahead of print].

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