John Samuel Brownstein, Ph.D.
John Samuel Brownstein, Ph.D.
Professor of Pediatrics, Boston Children's Hospital
Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School

John Brownstein is Chief Innovation Officer at Boston Children’s Hospital, a position shaped in large part by his career-long success in using emerging technologies to help clarify patterns of disease and promote public health interventions. His work has pioneered ‘digital epidemiology’—utilizing diverse digital data sources to understand population health—and his expertise here and in the area of geographic information systems has provided a key role in guiding DBMI on the consideration of place as a key disease risk factor. Brownstein currently is a co-Investigator on the NIH-funded BD2K PIC-SURE Center of Excellence at DBMI. He also organizes, directs and lectures in a full-length course on “Big Data Innovations in Population Health” for the DBMI Master’s Program. In addition to his role with the BD2K program at DBMI, his portfolio at BCH includes grants from NIH, USAID, DoD, IARPA, CDC, Google, Skoll and Gates Foundation. Following receipt of his PhD in Epidemiology from Yale, Brownstein did a postdoctoral fellowship at Boston Children’s Hospital (BCH) before becoming a member of the faculty at BCH. 

Using Smartphone Crowdsourcing to Redefine Normal and Febrile Temperatures in Adults: Results from the Feverprints Study.
Authors: Hausmann JS, Berna R, Gujral N, Ayubi S, Hawkins J, Brownstein JS, Dedeoglu F.
J Gen Intern Med
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Estimation of Pneumonic Plague Transmission in Madagascar, August-November 2017.
Authors: Majumder MS, Cohn EL, Santillana M, Brownstein JS.
PLoS Curr
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Using Twitter to Examine Web-Based Patient Experience Sentiments in the United States: Longitudinal Study.
Authors: Sewalk KC, Tuli G, Hswen Y, Brownstein JS, Hawkins JB.
J Med Internet Res
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What to know before forecasting the flu.
Authors: Chakraborty P, Lewis B, Eubank S, Brownstein JS, Marathe M, Ramakrishnan N.
PLoS Comput Biol
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Investigating inequities in hospital care among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals using social media.
Authors: Hswen Y, Sewalk KC, Alsentzer E, Tuli G, Brownstein JS, Hawkins JB.
Soc Sci Med
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Online Communication about Depression and Anxiety among Twitter Users with Schizophrenia: Preliminary Findings to Inform a Digital Phenotype Using Social Media.
Authors: Hswen Y, Naslund JA, Brownstein JS, Hawkins JB.
Psychiatr Q
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Comparison of crowd-sourced, electronic health records based, and traditional health-care based influenza-tracking systems at multiple spatial resolutions in the United States of America.
Authors: Baltrusaitis K, Brownstein JS, Scarpino SV, Bakota E, Crawley AW, Conidi G, Gunn J, Gray J, Zink A, Santillana M.
BMC Infect Dis
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Antibiotic Resistance Increases with Local Temperature.
Authors: MacFadden DR, McGough SF, Fisman D, Santillana M, Brownstein JS.
Nat Clim Chang
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The Biopsychosocial-Digital Approach to Health and Disease: Call for a Paradigm Expansion.
Authors: Ahmadvand A, Gatchel R, Brownstein J, Nissen L.
J Med Internet Res
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Evaluation of the EpiCore outbreak verification system.
Authors: Lorthe TS, Pollack MP, Lassmann B, Brownstein JS, Cohn E, Divi N, Herrera-Guibert DJ, Olsen J, Smolinski MS, Madoff LC.
Bull World Health Organ
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