Specializing solely in post-acute brain injury since 1982

The Robert L. Moody Prize 2016 Recipient

 

Flora M. Hammond, MD

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Flora M. Hammond, MD is Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at the Indiana University School of Medicine; as well as Chief of Medical Affairs and Medical Director at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana. She has been a Project Director for the Traumatic Brain Injury Model System since 1998 (funded by the National Institute on Disability Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research). Prior to selection for the 2016 Robert L. Moody Prize, Flora has received local and national awards for her teaching, clinical care and research, including the 2001 Association of Academic Physiatrists Young Academician Award, the 2011 Brain Injury Association of America William Caveness Award, the 2013 Baylor College of Medicine Distinguished Alumnus Award.  She leads the TBI Model System Aging special interest group, and co-leads the ACRM TBI Longterm Issues Task Force. Dr. Hammond had the opportunity to lead the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Galveston Brain Injury Conferences which focused on changing the view of brain injury as an incident with limited short-term treatment to a chronic condition that must be proactively managed over the course of life.  Flora has a tireless passion to improve the lives of people with brain injury and their families through research, teaching, and systems change. 

 

Examples of Dr. Hammond’s lines of research include:

  • Brain injury outcome prediction: Questioning the accuracy of outcome predictions widely handed out with (false) confidence in the first days to months after injury.
  • Aging and change over time after brain injury: Demonstrating that people may improve over time after injury, while some may not change and some may decline.  Armed with her research findings, she encourages individuals with brain injury and their physicians to relentlessly pursue improved function, and she is advocating a change in the national medical model of brain injury care to better meet the lifetime needs after brain injury.
  • People with brain injury and their families as researchers: Enhancing the relevance of research findings through a research approach (referred to as Participatory Research) were people with brain injury work alongside the scientists to answer questions that impact their lives.