William B. Brinkman, MD, MEd, MSc

Director of Research Section, Division of General and Community Pediatrics

Physician Lead, Rapid Evidence Adoption to improve Child Health (REACH)

Research Director, Cincinnati Pediatric Research Group

Methods Expert, Evidence and Measures Team, James M. Anderson Center for Health Systems Excellence

Member, Center for ADHD

Member, Center for Innovation in Chronic Disease Care

Academic Affiliations

Associate Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Shared decision making; knowledge translation; family centered care; quality improvement; implementation science; attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD); asthma; family/self-management of chronic conditions

Dr. Brinkman researches shared decision-making between patients, parents, and clinicians to promote high value care that is evidence-based and family-centered. He collaborates to develop interventions to facilitate shared decision-making across a wide-range of clinical contexts.

Dr. Brinkman serves as director of the Research Section in the Division of General and Community Pediatrics and the research director for the Cincinnati Pediatric Research Group, a practice-based research network. He also serves as a methods expert for the James M. Anderson Center's Evidence and Measures team. In this role, he is building an infrastructure to support shared decision-making throughout Cincinnati Children's.

MD: St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO, 1999.

Residency: Pediatrics, The Children's Memorial Hospital, Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 2002.

Chief Residency: Pediatrics, The Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL, 2003.

Fellowship: NRSA Primary Care Research Fellowship, General & Community Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2006.

MEd: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2006.

MSc: University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2013.

Certification: Pediatrics, 2002.

View PubMed Publications

Brinkman WB, Baum R, Kelleher KJ, Peugh J, Gardner W, Lichtenstein P, Langberg J Epstein JN. Relationship between Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Care and Medication Continuity. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2016; 55(4):289–294.

Brinkman WB, Epstein JN, Auinger P, Tamm L, Froehlich TE. Association of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Conduct Disorder with Early Onset Tobacco and Alcohol Use in a National Sample of Young Adolescents. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2015 Feb 1;147:183-9.

Brinkman WB, Hartl Majcher J, Poling L, Shi G, Zender M, Sucharew H, Britto MT, Epstein JN. Shared Decision-Making to Improve Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Care. Patient Educ Couns. 93 (2013) 95–101.

Jerardi KE, Elkeeb D, Weiser J, Brinkman WB. Rapid Implementation of Evidence Based Guidelines for Imaging after First Urinary Tract Infection. Pediatrics. 2013;132:e749–e755.

Brinkman WB, Sherman SN, Zmitrovich AR, Visscher MO, Crosby LE, Phelan KJ, Donovan EF. In their own words: Adolescent views on ADHD and their evolving role managing medication. Acad Pediatr. 2012 Jan; 12(1):53-61.

Brinkman WB, Hartl J, Rawe L, Sucharew H, Britto MT, Epstein JN. Physicians’ Shared Decision Making Behaviors in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Care. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2011 Nov; 165(11):1013-9.

Lipstein EA, Brinkman WB, Britto MT. What Is Known about Parent’s Treatment Decisions? A Narrative Review of Pediatric Decision Making. Med Decis Making. 2012 Mar-Apr;32(2):246-58.

Brinkman WB, Sherman SN, Zmitrovich AR, Visscher MO, Crosby LE, Phelan KJ, Donovan EF. Parental Angst Making and Revisiting ADHD Treatment Decisions. Pediatrics. 2009 Aug; 124: 580-9.

Brinkman WB, Geraghty SR, Lanphear BP, Khoury JC, Gonzalez del Rey JA, DeWitt TG, Britto MT. Effect of Multi-Source Feedback on Resident Communication Skills and Professionalism. A Randomized Controlled Trial. Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2007 Jan; 161: 44-9.

Brinkman WB, Geraghty SR, Lanphear BP, Khoury JC, Gonzalez del Rey JA, DeWitt TG, Britto MT. Evaluation of Resident Communication Skills and Professionalism: A Matter of Perspective? Pediatrics. 2006 Oct; 18: 1371-9.


Developing New Technologies to Improve ADHD Medication Continuity. R34, National Institute of Mental Health. Apr 2014–Mar 2017.

Collaborative Ohio Inquiry Networks (COIN) Research Center. (PI: Werner) Co-investigator. Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. Sep 2012–Aug 2017.

Cincinnati Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences and Training. (PI: Heubi) Role: Co-Investigator, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences. Aug 2015–Mar 2019.

Anti-TNF Monotherapy versus Combination Therapy with Low Dose Methotrexate in Pediatric Crohn’s disease. (PI: Kappelman) Role: Co-investigator, Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Oct 2015–Sep 2020.

A Decision Aid to Inform Consent for Return of Results across Genomic Sequencing Studies. (PI: Myers) Role: Co-Investigator, Cincinnati Children's Center for Pediatric Genomics. Jan 2016–Dec 2016.