A Stony Brook University School of Nursing class of 1986 graduate, Flaherty noted the relevance of her nursing background to her role as president: “I’m particularly proud to be the second nurse member to hold this position. You could say that nursing and geriatrics are in my DNA: both my mother and sister are nurses, and I began my career in geriatrics volunteering in a nursing home as a teenager. It’s been such a rewarding career ever since.”
Flaherty is Co-Director of the Dartmouth Centers for Health and Aging and a Co-Principal Investigator of the Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) at Dartmouth and The John A. Hartford Foundation GWEP Coordinating Center administered by the AGS. She has a joint appointment in Geriatrics at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and spent nearly 30 years working to advance clinical practice at the New York University (NYU) College of Nursing/Hartford Institute in New York.