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Rosemary Laird, MD

Health First Aging Institute

Rosemary Laird, M.D. is a Fellowship trained Physician for the Health First Aging Services in Merritt Island, Florida.

Dr. Laird received her medical degree with honors in 1991 from Georgetown University School of Medicine. She completed an Internal Medicine residency at the University of Chicago Hospitals. She then pursued Geriatric Fellowship at the University of Kansas from 1995-1997, and remained as Assistant Professor of Medicine until 2001. Research activities focused on falls and program design for care of seniors; granting agencies included The John A Hartford Foundation and the National Institute on Aging. In 2001 she earned a Masters in Health Services Administration from the University of Kansas.

In August 2002 she became the founding Medical Director for the Health First Aging Institute, a component of Health First, Inc., a community-based not for profit integrated healthcare system on Florida's Space Coast. She is an active Fellow of the American Geriatrics Society and in 2012 serves as the President of the Florida Geriatrics Society. This year, Dr. Laird received the "Clinician of the Year" award by the American Geriatrics Society. She continues to earn grant support including a 2003-04 AHRQ grant for developing regional connectivity across the health care continuum. In 2009 she was named a Practice Change Fellow for the Atlantic Philanthropies.

To improve the health and well-being of the area's seniors and their caregivers, the Aging Institute sponsors a specialty geriatric and primary care clinic, and offers educational programs for lay and professional audiences.

Dr. Laird is an active speaker and author. With her husband, Dr. Tim Laird, they wrote the weekly Florida Today column "Ask the Docs" for five years. She has contributed the Afterword (Caregivers Seeking Advice: A Doctor's Prescription) in the 2008 book Voices of Caregiving. Along with Leeza Gibbons and Dr. Jamie Huysman, she is the co-author of the 2009 book Take Your Oxygen First: Protecting Your Health and Wellbeing while Caring for a Loved One with Memory Loss.

Dr. Laird is married and has 4 children.