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Sydney Morss Dy, M.D.

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  • Joint Appointment in Medicine

Languages: English, French


Cancer Survivorship, Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology, Palliative Care

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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Johns Hopkins Medicine - Green Spring Station

Appointment Phone: 410-955-0670
10753 Falls Road
Pavilion II Suite 325
Lutherville, MD 21093 map
Fax: 410-583-2883


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 an 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 more than 15 years, Dr. Dy helped to develop and lead many of the first palliative care programs at Johns Hopkins. She co-founded and was the physician for Johns Hopkins’ first palliative care consultation programs, including the hospital-wide program started in 2000, the oncology program launched in 2006 and the first outpatient clinic opened in 2007.

Dr. Dy served for many years as medical director for Hopkins' palliative care case management, home care and hospice programs. As physician leader for the Duffey Family Pain and Palliative Care Program from 2006 to 2015, she focused on both outpatient and inpatient care, led the Cancer Center End-of-Life Quality Workgroup and took part in many projects and publications.

She has held a number of leadership positions relating to care quality in supportive oncology and primary care, including serving as the quality and research chair for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and helping lead its Measuring What Matters quality initiative.

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.

Lab Website: Sydney E. Morss Dy

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].

Patient Ratings & Comments

The Patient Rating score is an average of all responses to physician related questions on the national CG-CAHPS Medical Practice patient experience survey through Press Ganey. Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5, with 5 being the best score. Comments are also gathered from our CG-CAHPS Medical Practice Survey through Press Ganey and displayed in their entirety. Patients are de-identified for confidentiality and patient privacy.

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