Brian Jacobs, MD Chief Information Officer & Chief Medical Information Officer
Executive Vice President, Center for Pediatric Informatics



Brian Jacobs, MD, is Vice President, Chief Medical Information Officer, and Chief Information Officer at Children's National Health System. In addition, Dr. Jacobs oversees the Bear Institute – the first Pediatric Health IT Institute in the nation – a partnership with Cerner. He is the Executive Director of the Center for Pediatric Informatics and oversees the Children’s IQ Network®, a pediatric health information exchange in the Washington, DC, metropolitan region. He plays an integral role in organizational informatics and technology in the areas of care delivery, education, and research. Dr. Jacobs enjoys skiing and sailing with his wife and four children.Dr. Jacobs also is a diplomat for the American Board of Preventive Medicine, Specialist in Clinical Informatics 2013.

Education & Training

Education & Training

  • Fellowship Program, Pediatric Critical Care, 1994
    Children's National Medical Center
  • Residency Program, Pediatrics, 1987
    Naval Hospital
  • Residency Program, Pediatrics, 1987
    Naval Hospital
  • Internship Program, 1985
    Naval Hospital
  • MD, 1984
    Oregon Health Sciences University School of Medicine
  • MS, Biochemistry, 1979
    University of Oregon
  • BA, Biology, 1978
    University of California-Los Angeles
Patient Stories

Patient Stories: Brian Jacobs

Patient story

Lindsey's Story

"What sustained us through everything was the knowledge that Lindsey was getting the absolute best care available in the entire region, and the network of folks who comprise the Children's National family."

Patient story

Blair's Story

"I was blown away by the personalized care that we received. The nurses are incredibly compassionate and kind, and really made every effort to make the journey less painful for everyone."

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Niko's Story

"Accept help from family, friends, and co-workers depending on what you really need from them when they ask, 'Do you need anything?'"



Innovation and Learning Center

New Children's National Bear Institute Space Home to Information Technology Research and Development

The new state-of-the-art Innovation and Learning Center at Children’s National Health System officially opened. The Center is home to the Bear Institute, one of the first pediatric institutes focused on improving children’s health through innovative information technology. The Bear Institute will conduct information technology research and development to help improve safety, quality, and families’ experience at Children’s National. 

Research & Publications

Research & Publications

A Phase III OpenLabel SingleArm Study of Tenecteplase for Restoration of Function in Dysfunctional Central Venous Catheters

(2011) Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology

Cardopulmonary monitors and clinically significant events in critically ill children

(2011) Biomedical Instrument Technology

Comparison of pandemic and seasonal influenza A infections in pediatric patients Were they different

(2011) Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses

Hypoglycemia Adverse Events in PICUs and Cardiac ICUs Differentiating Preventable and Nonpreventable Events

(2013) Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Information Technology in Critical Care

(2011) Pediatric Critical Care

Innovation through Automated Detection of Adverse Events

(2012) The Healing Edge

Nutritional Immunomodulation in Critically Ill Children With Acute Lung Injury Feasibility and Impact on Circulating Biomarkers

(2013) Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Recognizing hypoglycemia in children through automated adverse event detection

(2011) Pediatrics

Reduction in clinical variance using targeted design changes in computerized provider order entry CPOE order sets

(2012) Applied Clinic Informatics

Role and Importance of the Organizations Strategic Plan

(2011) The CMIO Survival Guide: A Handbook for Chief Medical Information Officers and Those Who Hire Them

View publications on PubMed

Maggie's Story

"This is a difficult journey. I had pictured a million scenarios, but luckily for Maggie, it worked out wonderfully and now we have our baby girl back and we can concentrate on her and our family and keeping her healthy."

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