Travis Hayden, MPAS, PA-C – Completed his undergraduate studies at Le Moyne College with a degree in biology.  Upon graduating he was awarded enrollment into the U.S. Navy’s Health Services Collegiate Program. Through the program he received his formal training as a physician assistant (PA) at the Sisters of Charity Medical Center of Staten Island, New York. He then proudly served on active duty as a Medical Service Corps Officer in the U.S. Navy, working as a PA in military and family medicine. During his time in the Navy, he completed his master’s degree in physician assistant studies from the University of Nebraska. While stationed at the U.S. Naval Academy he pursued his interest in dermatology through training with the dermatology department of the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Since completing his tour in the Navy in 2003, he has been employed with Dermatology Associates of Rochester where he feels fortunate to be able to provide high quality dermatological care to the many patients in the Finger Lakes region of beautiful upstate New York.

 Mr. Hayden is a Board-Certified PA and is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants and a Fellow member of the Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants (SDPA). He has served since 2005 as the SDPA’s Publications & Communications Committee Chair. In 2007 he became the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Dermatology for Physician Assistants (JDPA), the official journal of the SDPA, where he continues to work and extend his passion for teaching to help educate the 2,600 plus members of the SDPA. For his dedication and continued voluntary work for the SDPA he has been awarded the SDPA Distinguished Service Award in 2009 and the SDPA Outstanding Committee Chair Award in 2013. In the fall of 2015, Mr. Hayden was honored by an appointment from the SDPA Board of Directors to serve on the inaugural Board of Trustees of the newly established Dermatology PA Foundation (DPAF). His work with the DPAF will focus exclusively on charitable and educational purposes where the DPAF can engage in research, scholarship, and philanthropy designed to improve the practice of dermatologic patient care by PAs and other medical professionals.

Mr. Hayden’s passion is focused on patient care and helping to educate healthcare professionals to improve the quality of care patients’ receive. To that end, since 2003 he has enjoyed teaching PA students and currently works as an adjunct instructor and preceptor for the Le Moyne College Physician Assistant Program and a clinical instructor and preceptor for the SUNY Upstate Medical University Physician Assistant Program. In 2013 he was honored to receive the Central New York Physician Assistant Association’s PA Educator of the Year award.

In addition to his academic teaching, Mr. Hayden has also provided many educational dermatology lectures to local physician offices and community groups and continues to volunteer his time as a dermatology medical liaison to the Franciscan Church of the Assumption Poverello Health Center and the Finger Lakes Community and Migrant Health Center (and has done the same in the past for the Central New York Down Syndrome Association and Vera House Women’s Shelter).

Mr. Hayden’s passion for medical education, teaching, and helping the underserved is rooted in his firm belief that, “whether with students, our peers, or with our patients…only good can come from the sharing of our medical knowledge.” When not at work, he enjoys spending time with his family in the great outdoors of upstate New York (in all four seasons!), traveling to new places, and coaching youth hockey. 

Clinical Specialties & Interests

General Dermatology:  Skin cancer screening and surgery, diagnosing and treating disorders of the skin, hair, and nails.

Pediatric Dermatology: Acne, birthmarks, atopic dermatitis/eczema, and all other disorders of the skin, hair, and nails affecting children.


Board Certifications


nccpa-logoNational Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants (NCCPA) 




NY State PA Medical License    NY        
NY license #009141



Education & Training

  • University of Nebraska College of MedicineUniversity of Nebraska College of Medicine
    Master of Physician Assistant Studies, 2000
    Omaha, NE
  • Sisters of Charity Medical CenterSisters of Charity Medical Center
    Physician Assistant Certificate, 1998
    Staten Island, NY
  • Le Moyne CollegeLeMoyne College
    Bachelor of Science (BS), 1996
    Syracuse, NY

Professional Experience

  • Dermatology Associates of Rochester
    Dermatology Associates of Rochester
     Physician Assistant, 2003-Current
    Rochester, NY
    Clifton Springs, NY
  • LeMoyne College PA Program Le Moyne College
    Adjunct Instructor and Preceptor, 2003-Current
    Syracuse, NY
  • SUNY Upstate Medical University PA Program
    Clinical Instructor and Preceptor, 2010-CurrentSUNY Upstate Medical Center
    Syracuse, NY
  • Journal of Dermatology for Physician Assistants
    Founding Member and Editor-in-Chief, 2007-CurrentJDPA_Logo_2013_3
  • Dermatology Physician Assistant Foundation
    Founding Board of Trustees Member, 2015-Current


Professional Training

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support – ACLS
    American Heart Association
  • Basic Life Support – BLS
    American Heart Association
  • Greenway’s Superficial Anatomy & Cutaneous Surgery Course 2013
    UC San Diego School of Medicine & Scripps Clinic

Professional Memberships

  • Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants                sdpa_logo_TM_final
    SDPA Member
  • American Academy of Physician Assistants
    AAPA Memberaapa-logo
  • New York State Society of Physician Assistants
    NYSSPA Membernysspalogo
  • World Association of Medical Editors
    WAME Member

Hospital Affiliations

  • UR Medicine – Strong Memorial Hospital        ur_medicine_logo_2                      
    Rochester, NY
  • Rochester Regional Health System                                
    Rochester, NY
    Clifton Springs, NY rochester-regional-health-system

Military Service

U.S. NavyU.S. Navy
Medical Service Corps Officer, Lieutenant, 1998-2002
Physician Assistant
Honorably Discharged

Community/Volunteer Work

  • Miles for Melanoma
    Fundraising Races
  • American Academy of Dermatology SPOT Skin Cancer
    Free Community Skin Cancer Screenings
  • Society of Dermatology Physician Assistants – SDPA                      
    Publications & Communications Committee Chair, 2005 – Current
    SDPA Outstanding Committee Chair Member Award – 2013
    SDPA Distinguished Service Award – 2009
  • LeMoyne College PA Program    
    Advisory Committee
  • Central New York Physician Assistant Association                      
    CNYPAA PA Educator of the Year 2013
  • The Franciscan Church of the Assumption – Poverello Health Center
    Volunteer and Medical Provider Liaison
  • Finger Lakes Community and Migrant Health Center
    Medical Provider Liaison
  • Central New York Down Syndrome Association
    Medical Provider Liaison
  • Vera House Women’s Shelter
    Medical Provider Liaison
  • Immaculate Conception Elementary School
    Parent Advisory Council Board Member
  • Institute for Excellence & Ethics
    Board Member
  • Valley Youth Hockey Association