Robert H. Brook

Robert H. Brook

Adjunct Physician Policy Researcher

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Robert H. Brook is an adjunct physician policy researcher at the RAND Corporation and professor emeritus of Medicine and Health Services at UCLA. He previously served for 19 years as vice president and director of RAND Health. He led the Health and Quality Group on the $80M Health Insurance Experiment and was coprincipal investigator on the Health Services Utilization Study. He was the coprincipal investigator on the only national study that has investigated, at a clinical level, how Medicare's prospective payment system affected the quality and outcome of acute hospital care. He was also the coprincipal investigator on a joint activity of 12 academic medical centers, the American Medical Association, and RAND, the purpose of which was to develop appropriateness criteria and parameters for the use of procedures.

Brook is a member of the Institute of Medicine, the American Society for Clinical Investigation, and the American Association of Physicians. In 2005, he won the Institute of Medicine's Gustav O. Lienhard Award, cited “as the individual who, more than any other, developed the science of measuring the quality of medical care and focused U.S. policymakers' attention on quality-of-care issues and their implications for the nation's health.” He has been awarded the HRET Trust Award, the David E. Rogers Award of the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Baxter Foundation Prize, the Rosenthal Foundation Award of the American College of Physicians, the Distinguished Health Services Researcher Award of the Association of Health Services Research, and the Robert J. Glaser Award of the Society of General Internal Medicine.

Brook received his M.D. and Sc.D. from Johns Hopkins University.


M.D. and Sc.D., Johns Hopkins University

Concurrent Non-RAND Positions

Professor Emeritus of Medicine, David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA

Selected Work

  • Corita R Grudzen, MD, MSHS, Marc N Elliott, PhD, Peter R. Kerndt, MD, MPH, Mark A Schuster, MD, PhD, Robert H Brook, MD, ScD, and Lillian Gelberg, MD, MSPH, "Condom Use and High-Risk Sexual Acts in Adult Films: A Comparison of Heterosexual and Homosexual Films," American Journal of Public Health, 2009
  • Alicia TF Bazzano, MD, MPH, Rita Mangione-Smith, MD, MPH, Matthias Schonlau, PhD, Marika J Suttorp, MPH, and Robert H Brook, MD, ScD, "Off-Label Prescribing to Children in the United States Outpatient Setting," Academic Pediatrics, 9(2), 2009
  • Teryl K Nuckols, MD, MSHS, Anthony G Bower, PhD, Susan M Paddock, PhD, Lee H Hillborne, MD, MPH, Peggy Wallace, RN, MSN, Jeffrey M Rothschild, MD, MPH, Anne Griffin, RN, MPH, Rollin J Fairbanks, MD, MS, Beverly Carlson, MS, RN, CNS, Robert J Panzer,, "Programmable Infusion Pumps in ICUs: An Analysis of Corresponding Adverse Drug Events," Journal of General Internal Medicine, 23(S1), 2008
  • Tseng CW, Mangione CM, Brook RH, Keeler E, Dudley RA, "Identifying Widely Covered Drugs and Drug Coverage Variation Among Medicare Part D Formularies," Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), 297(23), 2007
  • Liu JH, Zingmond DS, McGory ML, SooHoo NF, Ettner SL, Brook RH, Ko CK, "Disparities in the utilization of high-volume hospitals for complex surgery," Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), 296(16), 2006
  • M. A. Schuster et al., "How Good Is the Quality of Health Care in the United States?" The Milbank Quarterly, 83(4), 2005
  • P. G. Shekelle et al., "Identifying Potential Health Care Innovations for the Future Elderly," Health Affairs [Web exclusive], 2005
  • Douglas S. Bell et al., "Recommendations for Comparing Electronic Prescribing Systems: Results of an Expert Consensus Process," Health Affairs [Web exclusive], 2004

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