Ron Brookmeyer

Professor of Biostatistics

(310) 825-2187
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Room 51-253B CHS
Department of Biostatistics
UCLA School of Public Health
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1772

  • B.S. Mathematics (1975) Cooper Union
  • M.S. Statistics (1977) University of Wisconsin
  • Ph.D. Statistics (1980) University of Wisconsin
Research Interests: 

Dr. Brookmeyer, Professor of Biostatistics at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, conducts research at the interface of biostatistics and epidemiology.  A main theme of his work concerns statistical and quantitative approaches for measuring the health of populations. He develops statistical methods and models for tracking and forecasting health and disease.  He has worked extensively on the development of methods for tracking the course of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.  In other areas, Prof. Brookmeyer has pursued issues relating to bio-security having developed models for tracking and containing anthrax outbreaks. He has worked on global forecasts of Alzheimer’s disease and has ongoing projects in studies of aging populations. His research interests in biostatistical methodology include survival analysis, epidemic models, epidemiological methods and clinical trials.

Dr. Brookmeyer is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. He received the American Public Health Association’s Spiegelman Gold Medal for significant contributions to health statistics. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the American Statistical Association. Prior to his arrival at UCLA in 2010, Dr. Brookmeyer was Professor of Biostatistics and Director of the Master of Public Health Program at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health where he was the recipient of the University’s Stebbins Medal for contributions to educational programs. Dr. Brookmeyer was the 2011 Lester Breslow Distinguished Lecturer at UCLA, the 2012 Donna J Brogan Lecturer at Emory University, and the 2014 Norman Breslow Distinguished Lecturer in Biostatistics at the University of Washington.

Dr. Brookmeyer has served on numerous editorial boards and national scientific panels including the Committee on National Statistics of the National Research Council, the Institute of Medicine Panel on methodological challenges in HIV prevention trials, and the Institute of Medicine Panel to evaluate the President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR).

Dr. Brookmeyer is the recipient of the 2015 Nathan Mantel Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions at the intersection of statistical science and epidemiology awarded by the Statistics in Epidemiology Section of the American Statistical Association. Dr. Brookmeyer is also the recipient of the 2016 Karl E. Peace Award for outstanding statistical contributions for the betterment of society awarded by the American Statistical Association.

Dr. Brookmeyer is on the Statistics Board of Reviewing Editors of Science Magazine.