Steve Hays, MD

Medical director of Lung Transplantation, pulmonologist

Dr. Steven Hays is a pulmonologist and medical director of the Lung Transplant Program, known for accepting patients with complex conditions and maintaining survival rates consistently higher than the national average. His expertise is in the treatment of patients with end-stage lung disease who go on to get lung transplants. Conditions treated include cystic fibrosis, emphysema associated with alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, and interstitial lung disease. His key area of research is studying the mechanisms of airway remodeling in the transplanted lung.

Hays earned a medical degree at the University of Kansas in 1995. He completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Kansas Medical Center, where he served as chief resident, and a fellowship in pulmonary and critical care medicine at UCSF. He also completed a lung transplant fellowship at Stanford University Hospital.


ILD Program
400 Parnassus Ave., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-2577
Fax: (415) 353-8944

Lung Transplant Program
400 Parnassus Ave., Fifth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-4145
Fax: (415) 353-4166

Hours: Thursday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (exact times vary depending on number of physicians in clinic)

Board Certification

Critical Care Medicine
Pulmonary Disease

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Additional Languages



University of Kansas School of Medicine 1995


University of Kansas Medical Center, Internal Medicine 1998


UCSF Medical Center, Pulmonary Medicine 2003
Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Lung Transplant 2004

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Baldwin MR, Singer JP, Huang D, Sell J, Gonzalez WC, Pollack LR, Maurer MS, D'Ovidio FF, Bacchetta M, Sonett JR, Arcasoy SM, Shah L, Robbins H, Hays SR, Kukreja J, Greenland JR, Shah RJ, Leard L, Morrell M, Gries C, Katz PP, Christie JD, Diamond JM, Lederer DJ. Refining Low Physical Activity Measurement Improves Frailty Assessment in Advanced Lung Disease and Survivors of Critical Illness. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2017 Aug; 14(8):1270-1279.
  2. Greenland JR, Sun H, Calabrese D, Chong T, Singer JP, Kukreja J, Hays SR, Golden JA, Caughey GH, Venstrom JM, Rajalingam R. HLA Mismatching Favoring Host-Versus-Graft NK Cell Activity Via KIR3DL1 Is Associated With Improved Outcomes Following Lung Transplantation. Am J Transplant. 2017 Aug; 17(8):2192-2199.
  3. Faust HE, Golden JA, Rajalingam R, Wang AS, Green G, Hays SR, Kukreja J, Singer JP, Wolters PJ, Greenland JR. Short lung transplant donor telomere length is associated with decreased CLAD-free survival. Thorax. 2017 Apr 26.
  4. Singer JP, Katz PP, Soong A, Shrestha P, Huang D, Ho J, Mindo M, Greenland JR, Hays SR, Golden J, Kukreja J, Kleinhenz ME, Shah RJ, Blanc PD. Effect of Lung Transplantation on Health-Related Quality of Life in the Era of the Lung Allocation Score: A U.S. Prospective Cohort Study. Am J Transplant. 2017 May; 17(5):1334-1345.
  5. Greenland JR, Wong CM, Ahuja R, Wang AS, Uchida C, Golden JA, Hays SR, Leard LE, Rajalingam R, Singer JP, Kukreja J, Wolters PJ, Caughey GH, Tang Q. Donor-Reactive Regulatory T Cell Frequency Increases During Acute Cellular Rejection of Lung Allografts. Transplantation. 2016 Oct; 100(10):2090-8.
  6. Tokman S, Hays SR, Leard LE, Bush EL, Kukreja J, Kleinhenz ME, Golden JA, Singer JP. Prolonged Barium-Impaction Ileus in Two Lung Transplant Recipients With Systemic Sclerosis: Case Report. Transplant Proc. 2015 Dec; 47(10):2965-7.
  7. Singer JP, Diamond JM, Gries CJ, McDonnough J, Blanc PD, Shah R, Dean MY, Hersh B, Wolters PJ, Tokman S, Arcasoy SM, Ramphal K, Greenland JR, Smith N, Heffernan P, Shah L, Shrestha P, Golden JA, Blumenthal NP, Huang D, Sonett J, Hays S, Oyster M, Katz PP, Robbins H, Brown M, Leard LE, Kukreja J, Bacchetta M, Bush E, D'Ovidio F, Rushefski M, Raza K, Christie JD, Lederer DJ. Frailty Phenotypes, Disability, and Outcomes in Adult Candidates for Lung Transplantation. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2015 Dec 01; 192(11):1325-34.
  8. Mansh M, Binstock M, Williams K, Hafeez F, Kim J, Glidden D, Boettger R, Hays S, Kukreja J, Golden J, Asgari MM, Chin-Hong P, Singer JP, Arron ST. Voriconazole Exposure and Risk of Cutaneous Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Aspergillus Colonization, Invasive Aspergillosis and Death in Lung Transplant Recipients. Am J Transplant. 2016 Jan; 16(1):262-70.
  9. Kern RM, Singer JP, Koth L, Mooney J, Golden J, Hays S, Greenland J, Wolters P, Ghio E, Jones KD, Leard L, Kukreja J, Blanc PD. Lung transplantation for hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Chest. 2015 Jun; 147(6):1558-1565.
  10. Tokman S, Singer JP, Devine MS, Westall GP, Aubert JD, Tamm M, Snell GI, Lee JS, Goldberg HJ, Kukreja J, Golden JA, Leard LE, Garcia CK, Hays SR. Clinical outcomes of lung transplant recipients with telomerase mutations. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2015 Oct; 34(10):1318-24.
  11. Singer JP, Peterson ER, Snyder ME, Katz PP, Golden JA, D'Ovidio F, Bacchetta M, Sonett JR, Kukreja J, Shah L, Robbins H, Van Horn K, Shah RJ, Diamond JM, Wickersham N, Sun L, Hays S, Arcasoy SM, Palmer SM, Ware LB, Christie JD, Lederer DJ. Body composition and mortality after adult lung transplantation in the United States. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2014 Nov 01; 190(9):1012-21.
  12. Hui C, Kern R, Wojciechowski D, Kukreja J, Golden JA, Hays SR, Singer JP. Belatacept for Maintenance Immunosuppression in Lung Transplantation. J Investig Med High Impact Case Rep. 2014 Jul-Sep; 2(3):2324709614546866.
  13. Kern RM, Seethamraju H, Blanc PD, Sinha N, Loebe M, Golden J, Kukreja J, Scheinin S, Hays S, Kleinhenz ME, Leard L, Hoopes C, Singer JP. The feasibility of lung transplantation in HIV-seropositive patients. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2014 Jul; 11(6):882-9.
  14. Greenland JR, Jewell NP, Gottschall M, Trivedi NN, Kukreja J, Hays SR, Singer JP, Golden JA, Caughey GH. Bronchoalveolar lavage cell immunophenotyping facilitates diagnosis of lung allograft rejection. Am J Transplant. 2014 Apr; 14(4):831-40.
  15. Singer JP, Blanc PD, Dean YM, Hays S, Leard L, Kukreja J, Golden J, Katz PP. Development and validation of a lung transplant-specific disability questionnaire. Thorax. 2014 May; 69(5):437-42.
  16. Sottile PD, Iturbe D, Katsumoto TR, Connolly MK, Collard HR, Leard LA, Hays S, Golden JA, Hoopes C, Kukreja J, Singer JP. Outcomes in systemic sclerosis-related lung disease after lung transplantation. Transplantation. 2013 Apr 15; 95(7):975-80.
  17. Sayah DM, Koff JL, Leard LE, Hays SR, Golden JA, Singer JP. Rhinovirus and other respiratory viruses exert different effects on lung allograft function that are not mediated through acute rejection. Clin Transplant. 2013 Jan-Feb; 27(1):E64-71.
  18. Greenland JR, Jones KD, Hays SR, Golden JA, Urisman A, Jewell NP, Caughey GH, Trivedi NN. Association of large-airway lymphocytic bronchitis with bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2013 Feb 15; 187(4):417-23.
  19. Tan JH, Fidelman N, Durack JC, Hays SR, Leard LL, Laberge JM, Kerlan RK, Golden JA, Gordon RL. Management of recurrent airway strictures in lung transplant recipients using AERO covered stents. J Vasc Interv Radiol. 2010 Dec; 21(12):1900-4.
  20. Lee JS, Collard HR, Raghu G, Sweet MP, Hays SR, Campos GM, Golden JA, King TE. Does chronic microaspiration cause idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis? Am J Med. 2010 Apr; 123(4):304-11.

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