Dr. Robert Flood has been appointed chief of emergency medicine at Nicklaus Children’s Health System, responsible for overseeing the Emergency Department on the Nicklaus Children’s main campus as well as Nicklaus Children’s physician teams providing emergency services at collaborating hospitals in South Florida.
Dr. Flood comes to Nicklaus Children’s from the Department of Pediatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine, where he served as professor of pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine, and SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis, where he led as division director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine.
In addition to leading emergency services on the Nicklaus Children’s main campus ner Coral Gables, he will also be responsible for Nicklaus Children’s emergency medicine physicians providing care at the emergency departments at Baptist Hospital, Homestead Hospital and the Mastroianni Family Pediatric Emergency Department at Jupiter Medical Center.
“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Flood to our Nicklaus Children’s family, “ said Chad Perlyn, President of Nicklaus Children’s Pediatric Specialists, the health system’s physician-led medical group practice. “Emergency services are a key offering of our health system and we look forward to Dr. Flood’s leadership in ensuring we continue to meet the needs of our community and the physicians who refer patient families to our program.”
Dr. Flood earned his medical degree from the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine and went on to complete a combined residency in pediatrics and internal medicine at University of Miami / Jackson Memorial Hospital, where he also served as chief resident of pediatrics. After that, he pursued a fellowship in pediatric emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School / Boston Children’s Hospital. He is board certified in general pediatrics and pediatric emergency medicine.
The Emergency Department at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital provides care for more than 90,000 patient visits annually and has a team of board-certified and fellowship-trained attending pediatric specialists and subspecialists on call 24 hours a day. The Emergency Department is also home to the Miguel "Mike" B. Fernandez Family Pediatric Trauma Center, the only freestanding Level I pediatric trauma center in South Florida.
About Nicklaus Children's Hospital (2022)
Founded in 1950 by Variety Clubs International, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital is South Florida’s only licensed specialty hospital exclusively for children, with approximately 800 attending physicians, including more than 500 pediatric subspecialists. The 309-bed hospital, known as Miami Children’s Hospital from 1983 through 2014, is renowned for excellence in all aspects of pediatric medicine with many specialty programs routinely ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report since 2008. In the 2022-2023 U.S. News ranking, the hospital tied with two other hospitals as the number one children’s hospital in Florida. The hospital is also home to the largest pediatric teaching program in the southeastern United States and since 2003 has been designated an American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet facility, the nursing profession’s most prestigious institutional honor. For more information, please visit www.nicklauschildrens.org.