The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) today named Kellie Flood, MD, one of Alabama’s premier geriatrics health professionals, its 2019 Clinician of the Year. An Associate Professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), as well as Associate Chief Medical and Quality Officer for Geriatrics and Care Transitions at UAB Hospital, Dr. Flood will be honored at the AGS 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting (#AGS19) May 2-4 in Portland, Ore.

Physician in internal medicine

“Dr. Flood represents everything we’ve come to expect from a geriatrics health professional,” noted Laurie G. Jacobs. MD; AGSF, AGS President. “She’s a skilled researcher, educator, and health system leader all this because she remains so connected to the older people under her care.” A board-certified physician in internal medicine, geriatrics; and palliative care, Dr. Flood wears dual caps as a leading clinician and an influential educator in a state where both are in high demand.

Dr. Flood launched and continues to serve on the inpatient geriatric consult service that currently performs more than 1,400 consultations annually. And while coordinating that volume of care is impressive in its own right, Dr. Flood is perhaps best known for “going above and beyond” for each of her patients as individuals.

Patients and families

“A frequent comment from the patients and families Dr. Flood sees is: ‘I’ve never had someone care like that before;'” notes Katina Booth, MD, Assistant Professor and a colleague of Dr. Flood at UAB. “Dr. Flood has been recognize locally as a ‘Hospital Hero’ by the Birmingham Regional Hospital Council; and it’s certainly no surprise to see that same recognition nationally from a community of Dr. Flood’s colleagues.”

In addition to providing direct care to older adults at two UAB Hospital campuses, Dr. Flood also has worked tirelessly to expand the impact of geriatrics expertise and geriatrics leadership for thousands of older adults in Alabama and beyond. She launched and continues to co-lead with colleagues from nursing the UAB Geriatric Scholar Program, for example, which has trained more than 250 nurses, pharmacists, physician assistants, social workers, and other health professionals in core geriatrics principles.

Function for older patients

Projects orchestrated by these scholars helped UAB Hospital standardize assessments of cognition and function for older patients throughout the hospital. And as health systems across the country move toward using electronic health records more effectively, Dr. Flood and the entire geriatric inter professional leadership team ensured UAB Hospital would be at the front of the pack with the incorporation of the ACE Tracker tool developed by one of her mentors and fellow AGS member, Michael Malone, MD.
An AGS member since 2000, Dr. Flood graduated from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical School and completed her residency and geriatric fellowship at Washington University School of Medicine, where she rose to the role of Assistant Professor in the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care before transitioning to UAB