Donald A Brand, PhD
Director of Health Outcomes Research
Academic Faculty Appointments
Professor of Research Preventive Medicine, Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Office of Health Outcomes Research
222 Station Plaza North
Mineola, NY 11501
After having earned a Ph.D. in the decision sciences from Yale University, Dr. Brand has held faculty appointments at Yale School of Medicine and School of Management, New York Medical College, and Stony Brook School of Medicine. He has obtained federal and private foundation grants to develop decision aids for physicians that address clinical problems in medicine, pediatrics, and trauma. Dr. Brand has served on federal grant review panels and has provided peer review for a number of scientific journals such as Annals of Internal Medicine, Journal of the American College of Cardiology, Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, JAMA, Medical Decision Making, and Pediatrics.
During his tenure at New York Medical College, Dr. Brand obtained federal funding for a 6-year primary care research infrastructure development project sponsored by the Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Public Health Service. The objective was to strengthen research at the medical school in the primary care disciplines of general internal medicine, general pediatrics, and family medicine. As Director of Health Outcomes Research at Winthrop, Dr. Brand is responsible for developing a health outcomes research program, assisting clinical investigators in all departments with the design and conduct of observational studies, and evaluating the hospital's clinical programs. He also contributes to house staff training and mentoring and has directed a faculty development program in research methods.
Description of Research Interests/Activities
Dr. Brand's research interests include clinical epidemiology, health outcomes research, practice guidelines, and medical decision making. He has studied patient triage in an emergency department setting, economic modeling and decision making in organ transplantation, and the evaluation of domestic and international alcohol control policies. He has directed several multicenter randomized trials to evaluate expert systems for physician education, decision support, and quality improvement; analyzed administrative claims data for medical practice profiling studies to describe utilization or evaluate health outcomes and quality of care; and developed mathematical methods for determining the optimal timing for an organ transplant. Over the past two decades, Dr. Brand has collaborated in a series of studies involving infants who have experienced an "apparent life-threatening event" (ALTE). These investigations led to a grant from the New York State Office of Children and Family Services to implement and evaluate a multicenter shaken baby prevention initiative involving the 22 hospitals in the lower Hudson Valley region of the State. The success of that project led to the subsequent expansion of the program to include all hospitals with maternity services throughout the State. During this period, Dr. Brand also directed or collaborated in research involving the economics of organ transplantation, factors affecting childhood obesity, parental beliefs about autism and use of alternative therapies, and prognostic indicators in patients with advanced AIDS. Most recently, he and colleagues at Winthrop examined physicians' compliance with heparin dosing guidelines in obese patients with venous thromboembolism, evaluated methods for improving pain management in the emergency department, and established an empirical timetable for the resolution of milk protein intolerance in infants.