Robert Cronin, MD

Assistant Professor
Department of Biomedical Informatics
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
220 Garland
Nashville, TN

Rob Cronin, M.D. is an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Internal Medicine, and Pediatrics in the School of Medicine at Vanderbilt University.  His research interests focus on identifying and managing information that patients and caregivers need when interacting with health, disease and the healthcare system.

His current work focuses on developing tools that would engage patients by identifying consumer health information needs and classifying them into related taxonomies. His long-term goals are to find ways to meet these information needs through novel applications like patient portals and mobile technologies.


Dr. Cronin received his M.D. from The Ohio State University. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and went on to complete an NLM fellowship in Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University.


M.S., Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, In progress
Internal Medicine/Pediatrics Residency, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 2013
M.D., The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2009 
M.Eng. Computer Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2002
B.S. Computer Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 2001 

Research Interests

Patient Portals

Consumer Informatics

Patient Empowerment and Engagement

Patient Centered Research

Social Networks

Natural Language Processing

Risk Modeling