Faculty Scholars


Sarah Bauer Floyd, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Public Health Sciences

College of Behvioral, Social and Health Sciences

Contact: 864-656-5865 | sbf@clemson.edu

Who is Dr. Floyd?

Dr. Floyd was trained as a health services researcher and have an expertise in comparative effectiveness research methods. She has spent the past 6 years researching orthopaedic shoulder conditions, and most of her work has centered on the management of proximal humerus fractures (PHF). She was a Junior Summer Fellow at the Agency for Healthcare Research Quality in the summer of 2013. She has been an embedded researcher at Prisma Health-Upstate since 2016 and is a Junior Investigator in SC TRIMH, a National Institutes of Health Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) funded by NIH/NIGMS (P20GM121342) at Clemson University.

Floyd’s research interests are focused on how treatment decisions are made and how real-world data can be used to inform those decisions and improve patient outcomes. Her role as an embedded researcher has given me a unique perspective on healthcare data collection practices and physician and patient decision-making. She is passionate about using observational data sources, like electronic healthcare record (EHR) data to develop clinical decision support tools that can assist physicians in making treatment decisions that align with patient treatment goals.

For more information, see her department profile.

How Dr. Floyd’s research is transforming health care

Dr. Floyd’s long-term research goal is to discover and implement tools or systems which can deliver the best evidence to physicians to inform treatment decisions and improve clinical practice and patient outcomes. Her research focuses on personalizing the treatment decision-making process for patients being treated for proximal humerus fractures (PHF). Clinical decision support tools can be built to stratify historical data and present personalized treatment evidence. The advent of data delivered during the clinical encounter allows physicians to consult the data and make the most appropriate treatment decision for patients with PHFs. Learning from historically treated, similar patients, holds great potential to improve the quality of care for patients with PHFs and orthopaedic conditions.

Health Research Expertise Keywords

Comparative effectiveness research, practice-based evidence for clinical practice improvement, health system performance, orthopaedic/musculoskeletal medicine, personalized treatment evidence, clinical decision support