John Brownstein is an associate professor at Harvard Medical School. He directs the Computational Epidemiology Group of Boston Children’s Hospital Informatics Program, and is founder of Epidemico, a spinoff company focusing on health data analytics.
John was trained as an epidemiologist at Yale University. His research aims to impact the surveillance, control, and prevention of disease. He has been at the forefront of the development and application of public health surveillance, including HealthMap.org, an Internet-based global infectious disease intelligence system. HealthMap.org is used by over a million people a year and has been recognized by the National Library of Congress and the Smithsonian.
John has advised the World Health Organization, Institute of Medicine, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the White House on real-time public health surveillance. He is a board member of the International Society for Disease Surveillance. He was awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government to outstanding scientists and engineers.
He has authored over 60 peer-reviewed articles on epidemiology and public health, which have been reported on by such outlets as the New England Journal of Medicine, Science, Nature, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, National Public Radio, and the BBC.