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Sydney E. Morss Dy, MD

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Hampton House 609
Baltimore, Maryland 21205


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MD, Stanford School of Medicine, 1995
MSc, Stanford School of Medicine, 1995
AB, Cornell University, 1990


Sydney Dy, MD, MS, FAAHPM is a Professor of Health Policy and Management, Medicine and Oncology, with extensive expertise in quality of care, safety, and decision-making research, particularly in patients with cancer and serious and terminal illness. 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 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 includes systematic literature reviews, primary qualitative and quantitative data collection, analyses of secondary databases, and quality measurement and improvement. 

Dr. Dy helped develop and lead many of the first palliative care programs at Johns Hopkins for over 15 years. She was a co-founder and the physician for the first Palliative Care Consultation Programs at Johns Hopkins, including the hospital-wide program starting in 2000, the Oncology program in 2006, and the first outpatient clinic in 2007. She also served as Medical Director for Hopkins' palliative care case management, home care 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 leading the Cancer Center End-of- Life Quality Workgroup, with a number of projects and publications. She developed the first palliative care fellowship and palliative care rotations for medical students and oncology fellows at Johns Hopkins.

Dr. Dy now practices primary care, cancer survivorship and palliative care at Johns Hopkins Green Spring.

Dr. Dy has also served in a variety of leadership positions in quality in several organizations, 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.


Current and recent projects include:

Quality measurement:

- Evaluating the implementation of palliative care quality measures across sites, from patient, provider, and administrator perspectives

- Evaluating the use of assessment tools in palliative care quality measurement and clinical practice

- 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

- Evaluating research priorities for palliative care quality measurement

- 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 procedures

- Updating the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) hospice quality indicators

Patient- and family-centered care:

- Evaluating fatigability in older cancer patients

- Describing the lived experience of lung cancer survivor advocates 

- Evaluating perceptions about opioid use in persons with sickle cell disease after bone marrow transplant and resolution of sickle cell symptoms

- Evaluating stated preferences in lung cancer care

- Evaluating the evidence for prevention and treatment of diabetic neuropathy

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

- Evaluating strategies to facilitate patient and family engagement in medication safety

- Evaluating the role of team leadership in cancer patients' transition to hospice

- Developing a patient-centric risk model of medication errors in ambulatory care

- Improving patient-family communication in oncology care


Here are a couple of videos of recent presentations on her work:

And links to summaries of some projects and tools on the CHSOR website:

  • 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
  • hospital
  • 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

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:
  • Our Open-Access Annals of Internal Medicine supplement on patient safety strategies:
  • Our report on a framework for evaluating care transitions interventions:
  • Our report on the Measuring What Matters report for Palliative Care: