Ian M. Brooks

Ian M. Brooks, PhD, is associate director, Department of Biostatistics and Biomedical Informatics, MedStar Health Research Institute. He previously was an assistant professor, Department of Preventive Medicine, University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC), Memphis, TN.

In his current position, Dr. Brooks develops, implements and administers data mining and management tools to facilitate advanced progress in biomedical research. Specifically, he manages a suite of clinical databases that provide research access to more than 29 million patient encounters across the MedStar system. He also providesclinical research informatics support and domain expertise to collaborators through the Georgetown-Howard Universities Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Dr. Brooks has experience in the logistics, planning and execution of complex clinical and translational research projects.

In his previous position as associate director at the UTHSC-Oak Ridge National Laboratory Center for Biomedical Informatics, Dr. Brooks deployed a suite of secure, versatile data systems to serve the biomedical and clinical-research informatics needs of the faculty and other researchers. In addition to the REDCap data capture and management system and the i2b2 data mining tool, Dr. Brooks has experience with home grown data systems. His research has been funded by agencies, including the National Institutes of Health, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the Department of Defense, and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.

To keep current with advances in biomedical informatics, Dr. Brooks maintains a membership in the American Medical informatics Association. His work in applying information technology to promote positive social, economic, and educational change won him a Computerworld Honors Award. He frequently reports the findings of his research to audiences of informatics professionals. Topics he has presented include integrated research registries and deployment of innovative patient-data management systems.

His PhD in biology is from Pennsylvania State University. Dr. Brooks continued his education with postdoctoral studies in pharmacology at Georgetown University and the UTHSC, where he completed a certificate program in Clinical Research.

Research Interests 

Dr. Brooks’ research interests include the following:

  • Health informatics
  • Data management systems
  • Data mining and machine learning techniques
  • Clinical research registries
  • Electronic health records/electronic medical records
  • Clinical and translational research

Selected Research

Improving Self-Care Decisions of Medically Underserved African-Americans with Uncontrolled Diabetes:  Effectiveness of Patient-Driven Text Messaging Versus Health Coaching 

Dr. Brooks was a co-investigator on this research funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. This study was designed to compare the effectiveness of motivational text messages, diabetes wellness coaches, and usual care with diabetes education materials provided at the physician’s office in improving the self-care decisions of African-American adults with uncontrolled diabetes.

View Dr. Brooks’ publications on PubMed.



  • Research Areas
  • Biostatistics/Bioinformatics
  • Core Services