Hayley Barnes, MD, is now accepting new patients. She is a female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgeon who specializes in female pelvic medicine (formerly called urogynecology). She is currently the only female urogynecologist at the University of Cincinnati.
Dr. Barnes fellowship training at Loyola University Medical Center had a heavy urology influence. She brings this skill set to her practice to take care of problems such as lower urinary tract injuries or fistulas.
She is passionate about helping women with problems that deeply affect so many aspects of their lives. In her role, she is able to educate and empower women to take control of problems that have gripped their lives.
Dr. Barnes currently is working on two different research studies, both of which are patient-centered and focus on improving patients experiences while in the office. The first is studying the use of lavender aromatherapy to reduce patient anxiety and pain during urogynecology procedures in the office. While the second is studying an audiovisual aid that is used during the consent process for surgery. This aid combines pictures and audio all written/spoken below an 8th grade reading level (the average American reads at the 7th-8th grade level), in attempt to help patients feel more prepared for surgery. She hopes that projects like these can provide insight on ways we can improve patients comfort and anxiety, and ensure they feel ready for surgery.
While considering what In Science Lives Hope means to her, Dr. Barnes recalls how her mother has always told her, If they knew better, they would do better, meaning the more we understand, can accept things that are different and are willing to change, the better we will do. What In Science Lives Hope means to Dr. Barnes is that science gives us the tools to know better so that we can do better for our patients, our colleagues and our community, and she finds hope in that.
Outside of the health system, Dr. Barnes tries to spend as much time outdoors as she can. She also enjoys hiking, boating and skiing. She is a huge dog lover and tries to do as much as she can with her dog, whether that be exploring new neighborhoods on walks, seeking new places to swim, upland bird hunting or finding restaurants that are dog-friendly. When she cant be outside, she enjoys hosting dinner parties for family and friends.