Sydney Morss Dy
Sydney Morss Dy

Sydney Morss Dy, MD

  • Professor

Departmental Affiliations

  • Health Policy and Management (Primary)

Center & Institute Affiliations

  • Center for Health Services and Outcomes Research
  • Center for Qualitative Studies in Health and Medicine
  • Johns Hopkins Evidence-Based Practice Center
  • Roger C. Lipitz Center for Integrated Health Care

Contact Information

10753 Falls Road
Suite 325
Lutherville, Maryland 21093

P:  410-583-2774
F:  410-583-2883
E: sdy@jhmi.edu

Clinical Website - Internal Medicine at Green Spring: http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/gim/clinical/gss/Tumulty_Grp_Info.html
Google Scholar page: http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=PxakbpIAAAAJ&hl=en
CHSOR: http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/health-services-outcomes-research/about-us/


Education

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

Overview

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

Dr. Dy helped develop and lead many of the first palliative care programs at Johns Hopkins for over 15 years and served as Medical Director for Hopkins' cancer symptom clinic, palliative care case management and hospice programs for many years. Dr. Dy now practices with the Primary Care for Cancer Survivors Program and palliative care at Johns Hopkins Green Spring. She also serves as director of the PhD concentration in Health Services Research and Policy.

 

Current projects include:

Quality and safety:

- Outpatient palliative care patient experience quality indicators

- Evaluating patient safety in the patient-centered medical home

- Evaluating the new Primary Care First model, with a particular focus on Serious Illness Populations

Palliative and end-of-life care::

- Evaluating palliative care in chronic serious illness care

- Dyspnea management for patients with advanced cancer

Patient- and family-centered care, primary care and cancer care:

- Improving family-centered advance care planning in primary care, with a focus on dementia

- Evaluating fatigue and fatigability in older cancer patients

- Describing the lived experience of persons with sickle cell disease after bone marrow transplant

- Improving physician-patient-family communication in oncology care and cancer survivorship

- Educating oncology health care professionals on biopsychosocial approaches to cancer pain management with more judicious use of opioids

- Evaluating the implementation of a cancer survivorship clinic

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Here are a couple of videos of recent presentations on her work in end-of-life care:

https://www.jhsph.edu/about/dean-mackenzie/deans-lectures/index.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FlkyYx4Ueg&feature=youtu.be

http://webcast.jhu.edu/Mediasite/Play/7321facdf176441f8a6b8015c6ef646d1d

https://pcrc.app.box.com/s/fm2e1ltxpo1s5pppcxtp2m9emo5k3eon

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

http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/health-services-outcomes-research/research/end-of-life-care/

http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/health-services-outcomes-research/research/What-is-patient-safety-in-the-medical-home.html

Honors and honors

Golden Apple Award for best online course, 2018

Advising, Teaching and Mentoring Award, 2019

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
  • 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

Publications

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:   http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3599019/
  • Our Open-Access Annals of Internal Medicine supplement on patient safety strategies:  http://annals.org/issue.aspx?journalid=90&issueid=926462
  • Our report on a framework for evaluating care transitions interventions: http://journals.lww.com/jhqonline/Fulltext/2015/01000/A_Framework_to_Guide_Implementation_Research_for.6.aspx#
  • Our report on the Measuring What Matters report for Palliative Care:   http://www.jpsmjournal.com/article/S0885-3924(15)00073-1/pdf