Skip Navigation

Faculty Directory

Sydney Dy, MD

  • Associate Professor

Departmental Affiliations

Center & Institute Affiliations

Contact Information

624 N. Broadway
Hampton House 609
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


SciVal Experts Research Profile


MD, Stanford School of Medicine, 1995
MSc, Stanford School of Medicine, 1995


Sydney Dy, MD, MSc, FAAHPM is an Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, Oncology, and Medicine, with extensive expertise in quality of care, safety, and decision-making research, particularly in patients with serious and terminal illness and with a focus in cancer. She is a co-author on over 100 peer-reviewed publications and numerous government reports and book chapters. She is a co-developer of the Cancer Quality-ASSIST supportive care oncology quality measures and performs quality measurement development, testing and implementation in palliative care, patient safety and many other fields. She is particularly interested in improving health systems and services in order to increase the appropriateness of technology and medication use. She is also interested in end-of-life health care policy, particularly with quality measurement. Her research focuses on systematic literature reviews, primary data collection, analyses of secondary databases, and quality improvement. 

As a physician active in program development and quality measurement and improvement, Dr. Dy helped develop and lead many of the first palliative care programs at Johns Hopkins. She helped develop and was the physician for the first Palliative Care Consultation Program at Johns Hopkins, in the Department of Medicine starting in 2000, the Consultation Program in Oncology in 2006, and the first outpatient clinic in 2007. She also served as Medical Director for Hopkins' palliative care case management and hospice programs for many years. She served as Physician Leader for the Duffey Family Pain and Palliative Care Program in Oncology from 2006-2015, focusing on both outpatient and inpatient care as well as quality measurement and improvement. She also serves in a variety of leadership positions in quality in several organizations, including serving as the Quality and Research SCC Chair for the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine and helping lead its Measuring What Matters initiative.


Current and recent projects include:

- Evaluating supportive oncology and end-of-life quality indicators in the Veterans Health Administration and in a large national cancer dataset, including indicators focused on patient-reported data (symptoms and communication),medical records, and claims;

- Developing and testing software to collect patient-reported outcome data in hospice and oncology care;

- Developing a framework for quality measurement in people with multiple chronic conditions;

- Evaluating the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Quality Indicators and CMS Hospital-Acquired Conditions;

- Evaluating the process-outcome relationship in quality of care;

- Evaluating electronic health record-based measures for overuse of technology;

- Updating the CMS hospice quality indicators;

- Evaluating stated preferences in lung cancer care;

- Evaluating research priorities for palliative care quality measurement;

- Evaluating the evidence for prevention and treatment of diabetic neuropathy;

- Evaluting the impact of patients' perceptions of curabiity for chemotherapy and surgery in advanced cancer.


  • 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, hospital, patient-reported outcomes, information technology, medications, comparative effectiveness, health services research, Medicare, systematic reviews, consensus processes, technology, cancer

Some recent open-access publications: Our  Evidence-Based Practice Center report on the evidence for palliative care interventions -  An open-access article on communication in advanced disease: And link to the full report: Our Open-Access Annals of Internal Medicine supplement on patient safety strategies: Here is a link to the End of Life chapter in this report - on patient preferences and safety (many other chapters in here of interest also-) Our report on a framework for evaluating care transitions interventions: Our report on the Measuring What Matters report for Palliative Care: