Accenture Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Biostatistics, and Computer Science
Vice Chair for Research Affairs
Department of Biomedical Informatics
Affiliated Faculty
Center for Biomedical Ethics & Society
Office Address
2525 West End Ave
Room / Suite
Nashville, TN

Bradley Malin, Ph.D., is the Accenture Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Biostatistics, and Computer Science. He is also the Vice Chair for Research Affairs in the Department of Biomedical Informatics.  He co-directs the Health Data Science (HEADS) Center, the Center for Genetic Privacy and Identity in Community Settings (GetPreCiSe), and the Big Biomedical Data Science Ph.D. program.  He is also the director of the Health Information Privacy Laboratory (HIPLab).

His research is funded through various grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to construct technologies that enable privacy and analytics in the context of real world organizational, political, and health information architectures. To build practical solutions, his work draws upon methodologies in computer science, biomedical science, and public policy to innovate novel computational techniques. In addition to running a vibrant scientific research program, since 2007, he has led a data privacy consultation service for the Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) network, an NIH consortium.  He currently serves as the co-chair of the Committee on Access, Privacy, and Security of the All of Us Research Program of the U.S. Precision Medicine Initiative, an appointed member of the Technical Anonymisation Group of the European Medicines Agency, and an appointed member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of the National Center for Health Statistics of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Dr. Malin's research is in big health data analytics and the infrastructure necessary to support such investigations.  He has has made specific contributions to a number of health-related areas, including distributed data processing methods for medical record linkage and predictive modeling, intelligent auditing technologies to protect electronic medical records from misuse in the context of primary care, and algorithms to formally anonymize patient information disseminated for secondary research purposes. Notably, his investigations on the empirical risks to health information re-identification have been cited by the Federal Trade Commission in the Federal Register and certain privacy enhancing technologies he developed have been featured in popular media outlets and blogs, including Nature News, Scientific American, and Wired magazine. He is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI), the International Academy of Health Sciences Informatics (IAHSI), and the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE).  In addition, he was honored as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the White House.

Dr. Malin completed his education at Carnegie Mellon University, where he received a bachelor's in biological sciences, a master's in machine learning, a master's in public policy and management, and a doctorate in computer science (with a focus on databases and software systems).

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