Brian Patterson, MD, MPH

Physician Informatics Director for Predictive Analytics, UW Health

Assistant Professor

Affiliate Faculty, UW-Madison Department of Industrial & Systems Engineering

Affiliate Faculty, UW-Madison Department of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics


  • Undergraduate: Pennsylvania State University
  • Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Residency: Northwestern Memorial Hospital


Dr. Brian Patterson graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor of science in bioengineering and went on to complete a master’s degree in public health and a medical degree at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He continued at Northwestern for his residency training in emergency medicine, where he served as chief resident.

Dr. Patterson’s research interests are in clinical informatics and geriatric emergency medicine. His work aims to use routinely collected clinical data to generate actionable insights to improve the quality and safety of emergency care for older adults. To achieve these goals, Dr. Patterson works in collaboration with investigators from the business and engineering schools as well as in the department of biostatistics and medical informatics. His current work focuses on automated risk scoring to identify older adults at high risk for falling after ED visits, and automating referral to interventions to prevent future falls.

Dr. Patterson has also taken on the inaugural role as the physician informatics director of predictive analytics for the BerbeeWalsh Emergency Department at UW Health. In this role, Dr. Patterson works with department leadership to best use information technology to support clinical, educational, and research priorities. He advises on a range of issues, including optimizing the design, implementation, dissemination, evaluation, and routine use of clinical data and information systems to improve healthcare quality, operational efficiency, educational programs, and research. Among other roles, he functions as a liaison between clinicians and health IT staff within the department and hospital and provides input into the implementation of new IT-related workflows in the department.

Current Research Interests

Antimicrobial Stewardship
Clinical Informatics
Geriatric Emergency Medicine

Recent Accolades & Honors

  • Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship, BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine (2015 & 2019)
  • Scholar, Tideswell at UCSF, AGS, and ADGAP Emerging Leaders in Aging Program (2019)
  • April 2019 Academy of Geriatric Emergency Medicine (AGEM) Author Spotlight. Dr. Patterson was highlighted for his research and ongoing efforts to apply informatics-based approaches to generate actionable insights to improve emergency care for older adults. 


Currently funded:

• AHRQ R18 (2018-2022): Collaborator
  Engineering Safe Care Journeys for Vulnerable Populations

• Wisconsin Partnership Program: Co-Principal Investigator
  WIsconsin Real-time Emergency Department Surveillance and Responsive Training (WIRED-RT)

• AHRQ K08 (2016-2021): Principal Investigator
  Preventing Future Falls Among Older Adults Presenting to the Emergency Department

Previously funded:

• AHRQ R01 (2014-2018): Co-Investigator