AACE Outstanding Clinical Endocrinologist Award

2019 Winner

Ian Hay, MB, PhD, FRCP

Ian Hay, MB, PhD, FRCP

Professor Hay was born and raised in Ayrshire, Scotland. He attended Glasgow University where he graduated with BSc, MB ChB, and PhD degrees within the Faculty of Medicine in 1971, 1973 and 1978. He was selected in Glasgow to serve in the Professorial Surgical and Medical Units for his Junior House Officer positions. His interest in endocrinology was kindled by his BSc thesis work in adrenocortical pathology with Prof Sir Tom Symington during 1969-71. The direction of his subsequent career was confirmed by his employment during 1974-8 as an MRC Junior Research Fellow in the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. There, inspired by Prof Edward McGirr, he directed himself to thyroidology and completed the basic scientific work to justify a PhD degree devoted to “Prenatal Iodine Deficiency and Fetal Brain Development,” while still pursuing internal medicine and endocrine training and passing his MRCP(UK) exam. After 5 postgraduate years, he left for the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine where, during 1978-81, he completed an endocrinology fellowship, developed the first stereospecific LCEC assay for dextrothyroxine, and was awarded the Randall Sprague award as the outstanding clinical trainee. His Mayo career as a staff consultant was interrupted for 2 years, as he was obliged to return to the UK, where, during 1981-3, he worked as the Sir Stanley Davidson Lecturer in Medicine at the Western General Hospital; there Prof Sir CRW Edwards encouraged him to found the Caledonian Society of Endocrinology. He returned in 1983 as a Consultant in Endocrinology and Internal Medicine to Mayo Clinic, where he was directed by Prof WM McConahey to develop specialized expertise by studying the Mayo experience of managing patients with differentiated thyroid carcinoma, a practice he still continues 36 years later. Already a member of the ETA, ATA, LATS and TES, he became a charter member of AACE, gave the second talk at the first AACE annual scientific meeting in 1992, and wrote the first AACE Management Guidelines for patients with DTC. Amongst his many awards, Prof Hay particularly cherishes his honorary FRCPI and his honorary memberships of the AAES and IAES. He is currently a Professor of Medicine and the Dr. Richard F Emslander Professor of Endocrine Research. He and his wife, Prof Eileen Hay, are both Mayo Distinguished Clinicians and recently had the Penske Foundation Professorship in Clinical Medicine named in their honor. In March, the Endocrine Society gave him the 2019 Distinguished Scholarly Clinician Award.