Steve Brown


Veterans Health Administration
Department of Veterans Affairs

Dr. Steven Brown is the Director of Knowledge Based Systems (KBS), program office within the Veteran Health Administration (VHA)’s Office of Informatics and Informatics Governance (OIIG), Health Informatics (HI) Component. The KBS Office is responsible for Standards, Terminology, Clinical Decision Support, and Informatics Architecture.

Dr. Brown earned an AB Degree in biology from Brown University in 1981, an MD from Brown University in 1987, and has a MS degree in biomedical engineering from Vanderbilt University (1998).  His post-doctoral training in Internal Medicine was performed within the Emory University system.  Dr. Brown completed a National Institute of Health (NIH)/National Library of Medicine (NLM) fellowship in Applied Medical Informatics in 1996. Dr Brown is ABMS Board Certified in Clinical Informatics.

Dr. Brown has been with VA since 1996.  He has served as the Chief Information Officer at the Nashville VA Medical Center and the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System.  He has worked for the Office of Information’s Health Information Architecture group in the area of data standardization and knowledge representation. He was the founding Director of the Compensation and Pension Exam Program between 2001 and 2008.  Dr. Brown is an Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Vanderbilt University and Director of the VA Tennessee Valley Healthcare System special post-doctoral fellowship in medical informatics. Dr. Brown has had an active VA primary care practice since 1995.

Dr. Brown’s career in informatics spans 35 years and 3 academic institutions. He has authored or coauthored over 80 peer reviewed medical informatics manuscripts and is one of six VA Informaticians elected to the American College of Medical Informatics. Among Dr. Brown’s achievements are the Vice President’s “Hammer” award and the Secretary’s “Scissors” award for the Compensation and Pension Record Interchange (CAPRI) software project and a FDA Commissioner’s Special Citation in 2015 for contributions to medication data standardization and interoperability.