MHRI Welcomes Ian Brooks, PhD, as the Associate Director of Biomedical Informatics

Ian Brooks, PhD

Ian M. Brooks, PhD, has joined the MHRI Biostatics and Biomedical Informatics department as the associate director of biomedical informatics. Dr. Brooks was previously faculty in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), Memphis, and the Associate Director of the UTHSC-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Center for Biomedical Informatics.

Dr. Brooks was awarded his PhD in biology from Pennsylvania State University, followed by postdoctoral fellowships at Georgetown University and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center. His personal research focuses are chronic diabetes in adults and pediatric asthma. Previous research projects that he has worked on have been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the Department of Defense and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

“It is refreshing to join an organization understanding and utilizing its dynamism that is focused not only on future funding opportunities but in the future state of healthcare as a whole,” said Dr. Brooks.

MedStar Health uses a suite of electronic medical records systems that allow scientists and clinicians to track patient data by disease (e.g., cancer or non-cancer) or clinical specialty (e.g., laboratory testing or imaging). The Department of Biostatistics and Biomedical Informatics manages these data through a suite of clinical databases that comprise over 29 million patient encounters across the MedStar Health system. For assistance and information on biostatistics or biomedical informatics, email [email protected].