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Brian P. Brooks

The Joseph E. Robert, Jr. Center for Surgical Care


Medical Director, Ophthalmic Genetics Program

Board CertificationsAmerican Board of Med. Genetics/Clinical Genetics
American Board of Ophthalmology
National Provider Identifier1669532974

Service LocationsChildren's National Medical Center - Sheikh Zayed Campus for Advanced Children's Medicine
111 Michigan Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20010
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Phone: 202-476-5000

Brian Brooks, MD, PhD, is one of a handful of physicians nationwide who is accredited by the American Board of Ophthalmology and the American Board of Medical Genetics. He is the founding director of the National Ophthalmic Disease Genotyping Network (eyeGENE) and the recipient of the American Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Young Investigator Award.

He is currently a tenure-track researcher at the National Eye Institute and director of the Unit on Pediatric, Developmental and Genetic Eye Disease. Dr. Brooks’ clinical and research interests are in the genetics of inherited eye disease, particularly abnormalities in ocular development.

Dr. Brooks graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland and completed his M.D. and Ph.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. His thesis research was on mechanisms of neurodegeneration. Dr. Brooks completed his ophthalmology residency and pediatric ophthalmology fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he won several awards for research and teaching. He then completed a second fellowship in Medical Genetics at the National Human Genome Research Institute.

TypeSchoolLocationDegreeField of StudyYears
Undergraduate Education University of Maryland at College Park College Park, MDBachelor of Science 1985 -1989
Medical School University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Philadelphia, PADoctor of Medicine PhD also 1989 -1997
Graduate Education University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Philadelphia, PADoctor of Philosophy 1989 -1997
National & International Recognitions
Director's AwardNational Institutes of Health2008
Young Investigator AwardAmerican Association of Pediatric Ophthalmology & Strabismus2007
The Walter R. Parker Resident Teaching Award- 3rd Place2001
Resident Research AwardMichigan Ophthalmologic Society2000
The George Slocum Resident Research AwardDepartment of Ophthalmology2000

Affiliations and Memberships
TitleInstitutionCommittee / SectionYears
FellowNational Human Genome Research Institute/National Medical Genetics2002 - 2004
FellowHeed Foundation2001 - 2002
MemberPhiladelphia Medical SocietyBoard of Directors1994 - 1996
MemberJoint National Eye Institute/National Human GenomePhysician-Scientist Program2005
DiplomateAmerican Board of OphthalmologySpecialty Boards2002
DiplomateAmerican Board of Medical GeneticsSpecialty Boards2005
Journal Article, Brown, J.D., Duuta, S., Bharti, K., Bonner, R.F., Munson, P.J., Dawid, I.B., Akhtar, A.L., Onojafe, I.F., Alur, R.P., Gross, J.M., Hejtmancik, J.F., Jiao, X., Chan, W.Y., & Brooks, B.P. (2009), Expression profiling during ocular development identifies two Nlz genes with a critical role in optic fissure closure, Proceeding of the National Academy of Sciences, 106, 1462-1467.

Journal Article, Brooks, B.P., MacDonald, I.M., Tumminia, S.J., Smaoui, N., Blain, D., Nezhuvingal, A.A., Sieving, & P.A. (2008), Genomics in the Era of Molecular Ophthalmology: Reflections on the National Ophthalmic Disease Genotyping Network (eyeGENE), Archives of Ophthalmology, 126, 424-425.

Journal Article, Alur, R.R., Cox, T.A., Crawford, M.A., Gong, X., & Brooks, B.P. (2008), Optic nerve axon number in mouse is regulated by Pax2 in mouse, Journal of American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, 12, 117-121.

Journal Article, Meredith, M., Gordon, L., Clauss, S., Sachdev, V., Smith, A., Perry, M., Brewer, C., Zalewski, C., Kim, J., Solomon, B., Brooks, B.P., Gerber, L., Turner, M., Domingo, D., Hart, T.C., Graf, J., Reynol (2008), Comprehensive evaluation of patients with Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, New England Journal of Medicine, 358, 592-604.

Journal Article, Brooks, B.P., Digiovanna, J.J., Kraemer, K.H., Patronas, N.J., Schiffmann, R., Tamura, D. (2007), Xeroderma Pigmentosum, Tricchotiodystrophy, and Cockayne Syndrome: A Complex Genotype-phenotype Relationship, Neuroscience, 145, 1388-1396.

Journal Article, Blain, D., Brooks, B.P. (2007), Molecular Testing and Genetic Counseling in Ophthalmology, Archives of Ophthalmology, 17, 447-470.

Journal Article, Brooks, B.P., Larson, D.M., Chan, C.C., Kjellstron, S., Smith, R.S., Crawford, M.A., Lamoreux, L., Huizing, M., Hess, R., Jiao, X., Hejtmancik, F.J., Maminishkis, A., John, S.W.M., Bush, R., & Pavan, (2007), Analysis of ocular hypopigmentation in Rab38cht/cht mice, Investigative Opthalmology & Visual Science, 3905-3913.

Conference Presentation - Poster, Blake, T.B., Brooks, B.P., Chandler, R.J., Sloan, J., Tsai, M.S., Venditti, C.P. (2006), A Zebrafish Model of Cobalamin C Deficiency Displays Development Defects of the Central Nervous System, Poster session presented at the American Society of Human Genetics Meeting

Other, Alur, R.P., Brooks, B.P., Brown, J.D., Chan, C.C., Farris, R.N., Gong, X., Hoffman, V., Jones, M., Lui, H., Wang, F., Wang, F., Xia, C. (2006), Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science, Optic Nerve and Kidney Abnormalities in a New Mouse Model of Papillo-renal Syndrome.

Journal Article, Bertuzzi, S., Blain, D., Brooks, S.P., Chang, L. (2006), Uveal Coloboma: Clinical and Basic Science Update, Current Opinions in Ophthalmology, 17, 447-470.

For a more comprehensive list of publications for Brian Brooks view the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed online database

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