Radiology Personnel

Brian Bresnahan, Ph.D.

Research Associate Professor


Dr. Bresnahan is a health economist working in the UW/HMC Radiology Health Services Research Section and for the Comparative Effectiveness, Cost, and Outcomes Research Center (CECORC). He has a doctorate in Economics, worked in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry for seven years, and specializes in health economics, health policy, and outcomes research. Dr. Bresnahan has a wide range of experience in conducting clinical and patient-reported outcome studies, health outcomes and health services research, cost-effectiveness analysis, retrospective database analysis, and economic modeling. Dr. Bresnahan serves as the co-Chair of the Comparative Effectiveness Research Executive Steering Committee of the Society of Nuclear Medicine. He is a Director-at-Large in the Radiology Alliance of Health Services Research (RAHSR) of the Association of University Radiologists.

Awards and Honors

Recent Publications

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Using the Analytic Hierarchy Process for Prioritizing Imaging Tests in Diagnosis of Suspected Appendicitis
Agapova M., Bresnahan B., Linnau K., Garrison L., Higashi M., Kessler L., Devine B.
Academic Radiology. 2017 May:530-537

Toward a Framework for Benefit-Risk Assessment in Diagnostic Imaging: Identifying Scenario-specific Criteria
Agapova M., Bresnahan B., Linnau K., Garrison L., Higashi M., Kessler L., Devine B.
Academic Radiology. 2017 May:538-549

Subsequent health-care utilization associated with early physical therapy for new episodes of low back pain in older adults
Karvelas D., Rundell S., Friedly J., Gellhorn A., Gold L., Comstock B., Heagerty P., Bresnahan B., Nerenz D., Jarvik J.
Spine Journal. 2017 Mar:380-389

Impact of co-morbidities on resource use and adherence to guidelines among commercially insured adults with new visits for back pain
Rundell S., Gold L., Hansen R., Bresnahan B.
Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice. 2017 Jan

Reducing Portable Chest Radiography in the Intensive Care Unit
Hippe D., Lehnert B., Slade I., Dellit T., Hough C., Schreuder A., Cohen W., Miklusis J., Pergamit R., Roma H., Potter A., Bresnahan B.
Journal of the American College of Radiology. 2017 Jan

Introduction to cost analysis in IR: Challenges and opportunities
Roudsari B., McWilliams J., Bresnahan B., Padia S.
Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology. 2016 Apr:539-545.e1

Value of Imaging Part I: Perspectives for the Academic Radiologist
Duong P., Bresnahan B., Pastel D., Sadigh G., Ballard D., Sullivan J., Buch K., Duszak R.
Academic Radiology. 2016 Jan:18-22

The Value of Imaging Part II: Value beyond Image Interpretation
Duong P., Pastel D., Sadigh G., Ballard D., Sullivan J., Bresnahan B., Buch K., Duszak R.
Academic Radiology. 2016 Jan:23-29

Role of health services research in producing high-value rehabilitation care
Rundell S., Goode A., Friedly J., Jarvik J., Sullivan S., Bresnahan B.
Physical Therapy. 2015 Dec:1703-1711

Lumbar Imaging With Reporting Of Epidemiology (LIRE)-Protocol for a pragmatic cluster randomized trial
Jarvik J., Comstock B., James K., Avins A., Bresnahan B., Deyo R., Luetmer P., Friedly J., Meier E., Cherkin D., Gold L., Rundell S., Halabi S., Kallmes D., Tan K., Turner J., Kessler L., Lavallee D., Stephens K., Heagerty P.
Contemporary Clinical Trials. 2015 Nov:157-163