May 26, 2020

Flood named 2020 Dean's Excellence Award Winner in Service

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RS20490 Flood Kellie scrKellie Flood, M.D., is the senior faculty winner of the 2020 Dean’s Excellence Award in Service. Flood is an associate professor in the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care.

Flood demonstrates outstanding leadership and is a valued member of her division as well as the UAB Health System. In recognition of her clinical excellence, she has received a number of important awards, most prestigious among them is her selection as the 2019 Clinician of the Year by the American Geriatrics Society. This award recognizes exceptional health professionals who deliver outstanding care to older adults and who model the importance of geriatrics for our country. Flood has developed extraordinary teams and programs during her time at UAB, all focused on the needs of older adults. These include the UAB Acute Care for Elders Unit, the “virtual ACE” training program, and the interprofessional Geriatric Scholars program,

Flood is a skilled physician, researcher, educator, and health system leader. She excels in all these roles because she remains so personally connected to the people under her care. She was named a Patient Experience Hero in 2019, a Hospital Hero in 2012, and received the Cobbs-Rutsky award for Clinical Excellence from 2009-2011.

“Dr. Flood is a very well-regarded faculty member who has brought local, regional and national recognition to UAB for her strong clinical leadership and commitment to improving the quality of care provided to hospitalized patients” noted Dr. Cynthia Brown, professor and director of the Division of Gerontology, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care.

Flood received her medical doctorate from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; she completed her residency and geriatrics fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research is focused on outcomes in hospitalized patients admitted to an Acute Care for Elders Unit model of care. She also conducts health services and outcomes research related to interprofessional team models of care and their impact on care transitions and patient flow.