scott a. flanders, md

Professor, General Internal Medicine
Associate Division Chief of General Medicine for Inpatient Programs
Associate Director of Inpatient Programs, Internal Medicine                                     


Scott A. Flanders, M.D. is currently Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, where he serves as Associate Division Chief of General Medicine for Inpatient Programs and Associate Director of Inpatient Programs for the Department of Internal Medicine.  He is the Director of the University of Michigan’s Hospitalist Program, which has grown to include over 75 faculty members and staff.

Dr. Flanders was a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Hospital Medicine (SHM) and is a Past-President of SHM.  He was Editor of the society’s publication, The Hospitalist from 1997 through 2003He also served as the Associate Editor of AHRQ’s Web M&M online journal of patient safety from its inception until 2004, and was Deputy Editor for the Journal of Hospital Medicine, from 2005-2008.

In addition to these activities, Dr. Flanders has been active in quality improvement and patient safety at the University of Michigan.  His research interests include hospitalists, hospital-acquired conditions and their prevention, dissemination of patient safety and quality improvement practices, and the diagnosis and treatment of lower respiratory infections.  He has served as a Principal Investigator (PI) of a grant from the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation to support the creation of a multi-hospital consortium (the HELPS Consortium) to disseminate and implement best practices in patient safety and is also the PI of U of M’s innovative Specialist Hospitalist Allied Research Program (SHARP).

Dr. Flanders has helped develop and lead two statewide, hospitalist-focused quality collaboratives; the Hospital Medicine Safety (HMS) consortium, focused on preventing adverse events in hospitalized patients, and the Michigan Transition of Care Collaborative (MTC-2) which strives to improve the hospital discharge process.  He has authored over 60 articles in peer reviewed journals and book chapters and has edited two textbooks and a book series in the field of Hospital Medicine.  He speaks regularly at national conferences on hospitalists, hospital-acquired conditions, quality improvement, patient safety, and community-acquired and nosocomial pneumonia.