Brian Patterson, MD, MPH

Credentials: Assistant Professor

Phone: (608) 265-6043

Administrative Support:
Maria Balbach (


Physician Informatics Director for Predictive Analytics, UW Health


Biostatistics & Medical Informatics
Industrial & Systems Engineering

Clinical information Publications


Undergraduate: Pennsylvania State University
Graduate: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Medical School: Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Residency: Northwestern Memorial Hospital – Chief Resident

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 is a tenure track Assistant Professor, as well as the inaugural 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, Patterson 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.


Antimicrobial Stewardship
Clinical Informatics
Geriatric Emergency Medicine


  • Dr. Patterson invited as a guest lecturer as part of the Department of Medicine, Division of Geriatrics and Geronotlogy’s Health Science and Care Research Program seminar series. The title of his seminar, “Development of an Automated Screening and Referral Intervention to Prevent Falls Among Older Adults Presenting to the Emergency Department,” was presented on June 14, 2021.
  • Scholar, Tideswell at UCSF, AGS, and ADGAP Emerging Leaders in Aging Program (2019-2020)
  • Academy of Geriatric Emergency Medicine (AGEM) Author Spotlight, April 2019. 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.
  • Faculty Award for Excellence in Scholarship, BerbeeWalsh Department of Emergency Medicine (2015 & 2019)


Currently funded:

• AHRQ R18 (2021-2026): Principal Investigator — Preventing Future Falls in Older Adult ED Patients: Evaluating the Implementation and Effectiveness of a Novel Automated Screening and Referral Intervention
NIA/NIH P30 (2019-2024): Co-Investigator — Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center: Care Research Core
UW-Madison American Family Insurance Data Science Institute (2022): Co-Principal Investigator — Quasi-Experimental Designs for Learning Systems
Wisconsin Partnership Program: Co-Principal Investigator — WIsconsin Real-time Emergency Department Surveillance and Responsive Training (WIRED-RT)

Previously funded:

• AHRQ R18 (2018-2022): Collaborator — Engineering Safe Care Journeys for Vulnerable Populations
• AHRQ K08 (2016-2021): Principal Investigator — Preventing Future Falls Among Older Adults Presenting to the Emergency Department
• AHRQ R01 (2014-2018): Co-Investigator