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Ken Brummel-Smith M.D.

Ken Brummel-Smith M.D.

Charlotte Edwards Maguire Professor, Department of Geriatrics
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Job Description

Dr. Brummel-Smith holds the Charlotte Edwards Maguire Professorship and is a faculty member of the Department of Geriatrics in the College of Medicine.


Dr. Brummel-Smith served as he founding chair of the Department of Geriatrics from 2003 to 2015. Prior to coming to FSU, he served as the medical director to the PACE Elderplace program in Portland, OR and the Bain Chair of the Providence Center on Aging. He was a professor of family medicine at the Oregon Health Sciences University. He has served as the Section Chief for Geriatrics, Department of Family Medicine at University of Southern California, and Division Chief, Geriatrics, Department of Medicine, Oregon Health Sciences University. He is a past president of the American Geriatrics Society and was a member of the National Advisory Council on Aging at the National Institute on Aging. He has been chair of the Association of Directors of Geriatric Academic Programs. He completed a Health and Aging Policy Fellowship, working as staff on the Senate Special Committee on Aging in Washington, D.C. He currently chairs the Alzheimer's Research Advisory Council for the Florida Department of Health. He has been selected by his peers 15 times as one of the Best Doctors in America.


B.S., Biology, Loyola University, Los Angeles, Calif., Cum Laude, 1971

M.D. (With Honors), University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, Calif., 1975

Internship, Family Practice, Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Glendale, Calif., 1975-1976

Residency, Family Practice, Glendale Adventist Medical Center, Glendale, Calif., Chief Resident, 1976-1978

Fellowship, Faculty Development in Family Practice, Department of Medical Education, USC School of Medicine, Los Angeles, Calif., 1978-1980

Fellowship, Health and Aging Policy Fellowship, Washington DC, 2012-2013


1997: Consultant, program review of the Academic Geriatric Resource Program, University of California

1998–2000: Secretary, American Geriatrics Society

2000-2001: President-elect, American Geriatrics Society

2001-2002: President, American Geriatrics Society

2002: Chairperson of the Board, American Geriatrics Society

2002: Governor’s Task Force on the Future of Care of Seniors and People with Disabilities, and co-chair, Health and Prevention Subcommittee, appointed by Gov. Kitzhaber, Salem, Ore.

2003: Chair, Florida At-Risk Driver's Council

2004: Geriatric Advisory Board, SCAN Health Plan

2006: Associate, Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy, FSU

2009: Tallahassee Senior Center Foundation Board

2009: Board of Trustees, Florida Council on Aging

2013: Medical Director, Florida Association of Homes for the Aging Health & Services Corp (FAHA H&S Corp)

2015: Chair, Alzheimer's Research Advisory Board, Florida Department of Health 2015: Medical director, FSU Senior Health


Graduate Cum Laude, Loyola University

Alpha Sigma Nu, National Jesuit Honor Society

Graduate with Honors, USC School of Medicine

Teacher of the Year, Leonard Davis School of Gerontology, University of Southern California, 1989

Outstanding Teacher Award, Department of Family Medicine, USC, 1989-1991

Dennis W, Jahnigen Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to geriatric education, American Geriatrics Society, 2006

Elected, Gold Humanism Honor Society, 2007

Hippocratic Award, for professionalison and compassionate care, Class of 2008, FSU College of Medicine, 2008

Outstanding Senior Faculty Educator, FSU College of Medicine, 2008-2009

Guardian of the Mission Award, Florida State University College of Medicine Faculty, 2012

Alpha Omega Alpha, National Medical Honor Society, elected as faculty, 2013


American Geriatrics Society

American Medical Directors Association

American Academy of Family Physicians

Capital Medical Society

Physicians for a National Health Plan

Society for Teachers of Family Medicine

Florida Council on Aging

Leading Age, Florida

Florida Geriatric Society

Florida Medical Directors Association

Research Focus

Dr. Brummel-Smith's research has addressed the effect of a support group on caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s disease, the effect of routinely discussing preferences for CPR upon admission to a rehabilitation hospital, methods of assessing pain in persons with Alzheimer’s disease, outcomes of end-of-life care planning in frail elders, and the use of the Physician Orders for Life-sustaining Treatment (POLST) form in advance-care planning. He currently is studying the effect of the Medicaid managed long term care program and the best ways to engage persons with early dementia in discussing advance care plans.



1. Geriatric Rehabilitation, Kemp B, Brummel-Smith K, Ramsdell J, (Eds), Pro-Ed Press, Austin, TX, 1990

2. Ambulatory Geriatric Medicine, Yoshikawa T, Cobbs E, Brummel-Smith K, (Eds), Mosby Year Book, St. Louis, 1993

3. Interviewing and Patient Care, Enelow A, Forde D, Brummel-Smith K. Oxford University Press, New York, NY, 4th ed, 1997.

4. Practical Ambulatory Geriatrics, Yoshikawa T, Cobbs E, Brummel-Smith K, (Eds), Mosby Year Book, St. Louis, 2nd ed, 1998

5. Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment, Osterweil D, Brummel-Smith K, Beck J, (eds), McGraw-Hill, Philadelphia, 2000

6. Reichel's Care of the Elderly, Arenson C, Busby-Whitehead J, Brummel-Smith K, O'Brien J, Palmer M, Reichel W (eds), Cambridge University Press, NY, 2009 Articles

1. Lee MA, Brummel-Smith K, Meyer J, Drew N, London M. Physician orders for life-sustaining treatment (POLST): Outcomes in a PACE program. J Am Geriatr Soc, 2000; 48:1219-1225.

2. Krulewitch H, London MR, Skakel VJ, Lundstedt GJ, Thomason, Brummel-Smith K. Assessment of pain in cognitively impaired older adults: A comparison of pain assessment tools and their use by nonprofessional caregivers, J Am Geriatr Soc 2000; 48:1607-1611.

3. Best Paper of the 1980s: National Institutes of Health Consensus Development Conference Statement: Geriatric assessment methods for clinical decision-making. Solomon D, Brown AS, Brummel-Smith K, Burgess L, et al J Am Geriatr Soc 2003; 51:1490-2003

4.Hickman SE, Tolle SW, Brummel-Smith K, Carley MM, Use of the Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) program in Oregon nursing facilities: Beyond resuscitation status, J Am Geriatr Soc, 2004;52:1424-1429.

5. Gunderson A, Menachemi N, Brummel-Smith K, Brooks R. Physicians who treat the elderly in Florida: Trends indicating concerns. J Rural Health 2006;22:224-228.

6. Brummel-Smith K. Optimal aging, part 1: Demographics and definitions. Annals Long Term Care, 2007;15:26-28.

7. Brummel-Smith K. Optimal Aging, Part 2: Evidence-based practical steps to achieve it, Annals of Long-Term Care, 2007; 15: 32 - 40

8. Brummel-Smith K, Halperin A. Patient-centered care for persons with dementia is possible in primary care. Generations, 2014: 37:87-91

9. Brummel-Smith K, Family physician geriatricians do mostly geriatric care: Is this a problem for our specialty? J Am Board Fam Med, 2015; 28 (3): 311-313