Carl Flatley attended college at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. After graduating from the dental school program at St. Louis University in 1969 with a DDS degree, Dr. Flatley joined the US Navy where his service included a voluntary tour in Vietnam, attached to the Marines, on a mobile dental team.
Returning to the practice of general dentistry in 1970 in Richmond Indiana, he soon chose to specialize in endodontics at the Indiana Graduate Endodontic Program in Indianapolis, Indiana. After completing this 2 year Masters program ending in 1975, he moved to Clearwater, Florida.
For more than 20 years, Dr. Flatley, headed a successful four-doctor practice, and established 4 other offices along the Florida West Coast that were sold off to his associates. He retired from practice in 1995 after injuring his neck, while crocodile hunting in Africa with his 8-year-old son, John. We did get a nice croc. So exciting, until I hurt myself.
A devoted family man, Dr. Flatley’s world turned upside down in 2002, when his 23-year-old daughter Erin, a perfectly healthy graduate student, entered a hospital for elective surgery. Five days later she was gone; a victim of sepsis and medical errors. It never should have happened!
Since that time, Dr. Flatley has made sepsis awareness, early detection, and effective management his personal mission and professional pursuit. He has invested nearly 13 years and over 1.2 million of personal dollars in seeding efforts that lead to and formation and the growth of the Sepsis Alliance (SA). SA is now the #1 sepsis advocacy group in the US. SA was a founding member of the Global Sepsis Alliance (GSA) that now represents over 70 countries and over 1 million healthcare givers.
Carl currently works with SA, the GSA and Viven Health of Saint Louis, trying to prevent sepsis, especially in children, because it is the #1 cause of death of children under the age of 5 years old worldwide. In the US, sepsis takes more childrens’ lives than pediatric cancers.
His many philanthropic efforts have included the establishment of the Erin Kay Flatley Chair for Sepsis Education and Infection Control at St. Petersburg College, initiation of the Endowment for Sepsis Awareness and Education at the University of South Florida and the Internet-based, Advanced Technical Certification Program in Sepsis Awareness and Education. A knowledgeable and moving speaker, Dr. Flatley has addressed groups including the national gathering of Eli Lilly’s Acute Care Division, the Surviving Sepsis Campaign in Michigan, the Nursing Association of Georgia, and the Nursing Association of Western Washington State, and has twice made presentations to Women in Government. He also was part of the initial unveiling of the Mission Possible, a three-year program for sepsis survival at the Catholic Healthcare West Hospital System. The changes saved that hospital system over $ 31 million and 1000 lives in that initial period.
He spoke at the German Sepsis Society 2009 summer meeting in Weimar, Germany, the MATCH Conference at Ohio State University Medical Center in Sept. of 2009 and the CHEST Symposium in San Diego, Nov. 2009. He was in Brussels in 2010 to help kick off World Sepsis Day announcement.
He continues to give many talks to civic, hospital and nursing groups. He was the keynote speaker in Cedar Rapids Iowa for 25th gathering of their ACCN Chapter among others.
In 2013 and 2015, he spoke at the Summit meeting in Chicago of the French company, bioMe’rieux. He also spoke at the ground breaking of the expanding bioMe’rieux headquarters in Durham NC in 2014.
In 2014, Dr. Flatley attended a meeting at the CDC about national sepsis policies. He is currently part of a joint effort with SA and the CDC on a National Sepsis Initiative. He has gone to the US Capital several times in 2014 to lobby lawmakers concerning a national sepsis policy. He is planning on attending the World Health Organization in Geneva in 2016 to get a resolution highlighting sepsis.
The “vitalswatch” sepsis app for lay people was also created in 2014. It works on the Android and Apple platform for phones and tablets. With a few tweaks, I could see this as a NASCAR benefit to its membership and possible fundraiser for the NASCAR Foundation. I have put 75K into the development and would be glad to donate if we can save more children. I would be happy to sponsor / discuss, the tweaks to meet NASCAR marketing standards.
Carl currently is overseeing the Erin Kay Flatley Memorial Foundation (EKFMF) that financially supports and sponsors other sepsis efforts nationally and overseas.
In 2015 he joined a task force of the Global Sepsis Alliance to lobby the World Health Assembly to get the recognition of a World Sepsis Day.
He traveled to Seoul, South Korea in 2015 to present the Global Sepsis Awards to winning individuals, institutions and countries that have shown outstanding effort in fighting sepsis. These annual awards are sponsored by his daughter Erins’, Memorial Foundation (EKFMF). As of 2 weeks ago, the EKFMF & CJF have also established 4 new annual monetary awards for outstanding nurses nationwide fighting sepsis and saving lives. These awards, like the GSA International awards are funded from the proceeds from a Fishing Tournament (bugsclassic.com) run by Jennifer and John Flatley to support and honor Erins' Legacy to help children.
Carl Flatley is self-funded and accepts no salary or reimbursements for his charitable works!
In 2015, he rejoined the BOD of the Sepsis Alliance that he founded, after a sabbatical for back issues. Starting 2016, he looks forward to continue his volunteer/charitable work with the Sepsis Alliance and the GSA.
In the Fall of 2015, Dr. Flatley was a finalist for the Betty Jane France Humanitarian / NASCAR Foundation Award because of his work nationally “So More Survive Sepsis”. He is now on their Circle of Champions Advisory Board to the NASCAR Foundation.