Brian Patterson, MD, MPH

Physician Informatics Director for Predictive Analytics, UW Health

Assistant Professor


  • 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 focuses on health services research with a specific interest in using informatics approaches to improve the care of older adults in collaboration with investigators from the business and engineering schools. His current work focuses on informatics based approaches to identify patients at risk for falling and developing 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.

Current Research Interests

Antimicrobial Stewardship
Geriatric Emergency Medicine
Emergency Radiology

Recent Accolades

+ 2019 BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship

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

+ "Man Makes Remarkable Recovery After Harrowing Accident" - Dr. Patterson employs novel ECMO treatment to save patient's life, UW Health News published 02 May 2019

Grant Funding

Health IT-Supported Process for Preventing and Managing VTE
Source: AHRQ
Type: R01
Role: Collaborator

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

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