Brian Patterson, MD, MPH

Physician Informatics Director for Predictive Analytics, UW Health

Assistant Professor

Affiliate Faculty, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering (UW-Madison College of Engineering)

Affiliate Faculty, Department of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics (UW SMPH)


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


Dr. 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 implementation of new IT-related workflows in the department.

Recent Accolades & Media Mentions

+ BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship (June 2019).

+ Brian Patterson selected to join the Tideswell at UCSF, AGS and ADGAP Emerging Leaders in Aging Program as a 2019-2020 Scholar.

+ Brian Patterson selected as the April 2019 AGEM Author Spotlight. He was highlighted for his recent research and ongoing efforts to apply informatics-based approaches to generate actionable insights to improve emergency care for older adults. 

Current Research Interests

Antimicrobial Stewardship
Clinical Informatics
Geriatric Emergency Medicine


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

Engineering Safe Care Journeys for Vulnerable Populations
Source: AHRQ
Type: R18
Role: Co-Investigator

Preventing Future Falls Among Older Adults Presenting to the Emergency Department
Source: AHRQ
Type: K08
Role: Principal Investigator