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J. Taylor Hays, MD

Director of Nicotine Dependence Center, Mayo Clinic

Every person who seeks treatment for tobacco dependence deserves the best evidence-based treatment we can provide.

Learn why optimal use of pharmacotherapy is an important component of tobacco dependence treatment.

Dr. Hays has over 25 years of experience in treating tobacco dependence and researching new approaches to this treatment. This broad experience allows him to blend both the “art and science” of medicine and use it for the good of his patients.

The focus areas for his research include:

  • Study of the nicotine receptor partial agonist varenicline for tobacco dependence treatment
  • Study of the treatment of tobacco dependence among smokers with current or past alcohol abuse or dependence
  • Dissemination of evidence-based tobacco dependence treatment to health care providers within and outside the United States.

Tobacco use and dependence remain the number one cause of preventable and premature death in the United States. Dr. Hays focuses on effective treatments to help tobacco-dependent patients become smoke-free and reduce their risk of premature death.

Professional highlights

Associate Director, Nicotine Dependence Center, Mayo Clinic 

Chair, Personnel Committee, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

Distinguished Clinician Award, Mayo Clinic, 2011

Diplomate, American Board of Addiction Medicine, 2010

Fellow, American College of Physicians, 2008

Board certification in Internal Medicine and Addiction Medicine

On the staff of Mayo Clinic since 1991

Internal Medicine Residency 1980-1984 Vanderbilt University

Professor of Medicine

MD – 1980 Vanderbilt University Medical School

Sessions This Year

Monday, May 21, 2018

Welcome Remarks, Course Introduction - Day 1

7:50 am - 8:00 am
Leighton Auditorium – 2nd Floor Siebens Building

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Welcome Remarks, Course Introduction - Day 2

8:00 am - 8:15 am
Leighton Auditorium – 2nd Floor Siebens Building

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Town Hall: Participants share overview of their tobacco treatment setting, population, pertinent lessons and 5 year vision (small groups)

4:15 pm - 5:00 pm
Leighton Auditorium – 2nd Floor Siebens Building

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Conference Wrap up

5:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Leighton Auditorium – 2nd Floor Siebens Building

Monday, May 21, 2018

Wrap Up Day 1

5:00 pm - 5:15 pm
Leighton Auditorium – 2nd Floor Siebens Building

Monday, May 21, 2018

Pharmacotherapy through the Lifespan

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm
Leighton Auditorium – 2nd Floor Siebens Building

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Cases and Group Discussion: Counselor paired with a physician

1:35 pm - 2:20 pm
Siebens 405 and 406