Flora Hammond, MD, FAAPMR, professor and chair for the IU School of Medicine Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, and chief of medical affairs at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, was honored with the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (AAPMR) Distinguished Member Award. This award honors AAPMR members who have provided invaluable service to the specialty of physical medicine and rehabilitation primarily through participation in field-related organizations other than the academy.
An AAPMR member for more than 25 years, Dr. Hammond currently serves on the PM&R Journal’s Oversight Committee, and has contributed significantly to the field through compassionate clinical care, advocacy, service, teaching, research and administration with a tireless passion to improve the lives of people with disabilities and their families. Her research in brain injury includes studying the prediction of outcomes, aging with brain injury, causes of and treatments for irritability, and quality of relationships. Dr. Hammond has provided invaluable PM&R-related service through leadership in numerous institutions such as the American Congress of Rehabilitation, Brain Injury Association of America, the International Brain Injury Association, the Galveston Brain Injury Conference, the Journal of Head Trauma and Rehabilitation, and the NIDILRR Traumatic Brain Injury Model Systems.
She has received several honors, including the Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine fellowship through Drexel University, the Robert L. Moody prize for distinguished initiatives in brain injury research, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award at Baylor College of Medicine. She has authored more than 150 publications, more than 40 research projects, and presents at national and international conferences. Dr. Hammond received her MD from Tulane University School of Medicine and completed her residency at Baylor College of Medicine. She also completed a brain injury medicine fellowship at Wayne State University.