Leader in Medicine

Lisa Kirkland


The American Health Council recognized Lisa Kirkland, MD as “Best in Medicine” for her outstanding contributions to the medical field. Currently, Dr. Kirkland maintains a very active schedule as she serves as a hospitalist at the Mayo Clinic and an intensivist at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, part of Allina Health, in Minnesota. Since entering the healthcare field 33 years ago, Dr. Kirkland has garnered comprehensive skills and knowledge in critical care medicine to provide optimal care to her patients.

With a passion to study medicine like her father Dr. Richard H. Kirkland, Dr. Kirkland enrolled at the Medical College of Virginia, now Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine, earned a medical degree in 1984 and remained at the educational institution to complete a residency in Internal Medicine in 1987. In 1989, she completed a fellowship in Critical Care Medicine at St. Johns Mercy Medical Center, now Mercy Hospital, in St. Louis, Missouri. She later returned to Virginia Commonwealth University and completed a Master’s of Science degree in Health Administration in 1998.

Throughout her career, Dr. Kirkland has diversified her skills by earning various certifications to ensure that she delivers high-quality and precise care. She is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Critical Care Medicine, Geriatric Medicine and Internal Medicine. Additionally, she is certified by the United Council of Neurologic Specialties in Neurocritical Care. Dr. Kirkland enjoys the high-intensity involved with acute care and feels honored to have received several Presidential Citation awards and recognitions throughout her career from the Society of Critical Care Medicine. In 2000, the University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville (UTMC-K) honored her as the Inaugural Recipient of the R.A. Obenour Jr. Excellence in Teaching Award and that same year, she earned the Superstar Editor designation from eMedicine. In 2002, the Mayo Clinic named her an Outstanding Educator, and further honored her with the Mayo Excellence through Teamwork award in 2004. Dr. Kirkland is a Fellow of both the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American College of Physicians and an active member of the Society of Hospital Medicine and the Neurocritical Care Society. She currently serves as Chair of the Department of Critical Care at Abbott Northwestern, as well as chair of the Critical Care Committee, member of the Patient Safety and Quality Committee, and member of the Credentials Committee at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Additionally, she is a member of the Royal Society of Medicine.

Dr. Kirkland has published in multiple peer reviewed high quality medical journals, most recently a paper titled “Recognition and Prevention of Nosocomial Malnutrition: A Review and A Call to Action!” in The American Journal of Medicine. She is pursuing research in developing a tool to predict clinical deterioration in non-ICU inpatients so that effective interventions can be initiated before patient decompensation. She has been teaching medical students, interns, residents, and fellows throughout her career, serving as Residency Director for both the Transitional and Internal Medicine Residency programs at UTMC-K, Associate Fellowship Director for Mayo Clinic’s Hospital Medicine Fellowship, is currently a member of Mayo Clinic’s Masters program faculty, and Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of Minnesota.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling and recently participated in a medical mission to Guatemala. She contributes time and funds to various charitable organizations as well as to the Christ United Methodist Church in Rochester, Minnesota. With a successful career at hand, Dr. Kirkland attributes her achievements and leadership skills to her parents, teachers and mentors, and to her patients. She plans to continue maintaining her excellence by advancing innovation and always learning.

Intensivist at Allina Health 

  • Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Source: www.allinahealth.org

Hospitalist at the Mayo Clinic 

  • Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit organization committed to clinical practice, education and research, providing expert, whole-person care to everyone who needs healing.

Source: www.mayoclinic.org

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow of the Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Fellow of the American College of Physicians
  • Member of the Society of Hospital Medicine
  • Chair of the Critical Care Committee, member of the Patient Safety and Quality Committee, member of the Credentials Committee and member of the Patient Care Committee at Abbott Northwestern Hospital