Brian J. McCourt
Director, Clinical Research Informatics
Brian McCourt is an active leader in Clinical Research Informatics and significant contributor to various professional societies, research programs and standards development initiatives in clinical and translational research. He currently leads the Clinical Research Informatics group at the DCRI, providing leadership to informatics research projects and the research information systems supporting translational research at DCRI and the Duke Translational Medicine Institute. With McCourt's experience in clinical research supporting both academic investigator-initiated clinical research and industry-sponsored pharmaceutical and device projects, plus leading a variety of infrastructure initiatives supporting large research programs and organizations, he has unique experience representing the breadth of clinical research informatics.
McCourt has a history of contributing to the field through professional society and industry initiatives related to clinical research data. He served as the DCRI’s Program Manager for the Society for Clinical Data Management’s (SCDM) Education Program, a collaborative educational program supporting SCDM’s Certified Clinical Data Manager (CCDM) designation; and also serves as mentor for Duke graduate student research in informatics. In addition to supporting professional education in clinical research, his specific interests are related to integration of data for clinical research programs with complex informatics requirements, such as leveraging data from core labs, electronic health records, and enterprise business systems. The organizational and technical challenges around integration of patient care workflows and clinical research are a particular research interest. McCourt actively participated in the NIH Roadmap Reengineering the Clinical Research Enterprise Informatics Working Group and helped launch and served as founding co-chair of the HL7 Cardiology Special Interest Group and the HL7 Clinical Interoperability Council. These created necessary forums for developing consensus-based clinical data standards formally integrated with the technical specifications to enable interoperability among healthcare and research systems.
McCourt received his bachelor’s degree from Saint Anselm College in Manchester, New Hampshire and worked at Massachusetts General Hospital before joining the DCRI.