Kristin Flanary, MA
Writer, Keynote Speaker, and Advocate
Kristin Flanary, MA has a formal background in cognitive neuroscience, social psychology, communications, and marketing, and she is known internationally as her social media alter ego, “Lady Glaucomflecken” (@LGlaucomflecken). She holds a bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University and a master’s degree from Dartmouth College.
Kristin has experienced an intimate and varied view of the healthcare system. In addition to being a patient, she has been “married to medicine” from the pre-med to attending years. She has also been a caregiver and “co-survivor” of her husband’s two cancer occurrences and a sudden cardiac arrest, all by age 35. She was also a lay responder to his cardiac arrest, performing 10 minutes of CPR before help arrived.
Through her social media presence, impactful writing, and multimedia keynote speaking, Kristin teaches healthcare workers about the patient and family experience. Her work advocates for caregivers and “co-survivors,” CPR and AED use, and sudden cardiac arrest survivorship. Kristin serves as Co-Patient Editor for the Journal of Cardiac Failure and as a member of the Cardiac Arrest Survivorship Taskforce hosted by the Sudden Cardiac Arrest Foundation. She writes editorials for medical journals, appears as a guest and/or co-host on medical podcasts, and was awarded the Citizen CPR Foundation’s 40 Under 40 award (2021) and the American Heart Association’s Resuscitation Champion Award (2022).