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Brian Wells, MD, PhD


Brian Wells, MD, PhD

Appointed: 2004

Brian Wells, MD, PhD
Department: Family Medicine
Associate Staff
Location: Twinsburg Family Health & Surgery Center
8701 Darrow Road
Twinsburg, OH 44087
Both Adults and Children & Adolescents

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Wells graduated with a BS in Social Work from the Ohio State University in 1990 and completed medical school at Wright State University in Dayton, OH in 1995. He moved to Charleston, SC where he finished residency at the Trident / Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) Family Medicine program in 1999. He joined the MUSC Family Medicine faculty as an instructor for two years while he participated in an Academic Development fellowship and obtained an MS in Clinical Research from MUSC.

He was recruited to the Department of Family Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic in 2004 and established a research collaboration with the Department of Family Medicine at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) before enrolling in graduate coursework in Epidemiology at CWRU. In 2007, he temporarily left Family Medicine and joined the Department of Quantitative Health Sciences (QHS) part time in order to focus on a PhD in Epidemiology that he obtained in 2012. In 2013 he was appointed as a full time faculty member in QHS / Family Medicine.

He has published over 40 peer-reviewed journal articles as an author / co-author and has been a co-investigator on several large external grants. His research interests are centered around methodologies for analyzing Electronic Health Record (EHR) data and the creation of risk prediction models. He also serves as the Clinical Liaison for the Optimizing Healthcare Decisions team where he assists clinical investigators with the design and analysis of studies involving EHR data.

Education & Fellowships

Doctorate - Case Western Reserve University
Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Cleveland, OH USA
Fellowship - Medical University of South Carolina
Family Medicine
Charleston, SC USA
Graduate - Medical University of South Carolina
Clinical Research
Charleston, SC USA
Residency - Medical University of South Carolina
Family Medicine
Charleston, SC USA
Medical School - Wright State University School of Medicine
Dayton, OH USA
Undergraduate - The Ohio State University
Social Work
Columbus, OH USA


  • Family Medicine

Specialty Interests

family medicine

Awards & Honors

  • 2013 Innovator Award. Risk Calculators Site. Cleveland Clinic. May 13, 2013.
  • Lee B. Lusted Student Prize for Outstanding Presentation of Research at the Annual Meeting. Predicting Six-year Coronary Heart Disease Risk in Diabetic Patients. Society for Medical Decision Making. October, 2008.
  • Distinguished Paper. Transferrin Saturation: The Link with Low-density Lipoprotein and Mortality. North American Primary Care Research Group. October 2003.
  • Resident Teacher of the Year. Awarded by the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. June 2002.
  • Chief Resident Award for Outstanding Leadership. Awarded by the Trident Family Medicine Residency. June 2002.


  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • American Medical Informatics Association
  • North American Primary Care Research Group

Treatment & Services

  • Family Medicine

Specialty in Diseases and Conditions

  • Primary Care

Industry Relationships

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To assure professional and commercial integrity in such matters, Cleveland Clinic maintains a program that reviews these collaborations and, when appropriate, puts measures in place to minimize bias that may result from ties to industry. The Cleveland Clinic publicly discloses the names of companies when (i) its physicians/scientists receive $5,000 or more per year (or, in rare cases, equity or stock options) for speaking and consulting, (ii) its physicians/scientists serve as a fiduciary, (iii) its physicians/scientists receive or have the right to receive royalties or (iv) its physicians/scientists hold any equity interest for the physician's/scientist's role as inventor, discoverer, developer, founder or consultant.* In publicly disclosing this information, the Cleveland Clinic tries to provide information as accurately as possible about its physicians' and scientists' connections with industry.

As of 3/13/2014, Dr. Wells has reported no financial relationship with industry that is applicable to this listing. In general, patients should feel free to contact their doctor about any of the relationships and how the relationships are overseen by the Cleveland Clinic. To learn more about the Cleveland Clinic's policies on collaborations with industry and innovation management, go to our Integrity in Innovation page.

Public Health Service-Reportable Financial Conflicts of Interest. Cleveland Clinic scientists and physicians engage in basic, translational and clinical research activities, working to solve health problems, enhance patient care and improve quality of life for patients. Interactions with industry are essential to bringing the researchers’ discoveries to the public, but can present the potential for conflicts of interest related to their research activities. Click here to view a listing of instances where Cleveland Clinic has identified a Public Health Service (PHS)-Reportable Financial Conflict of Interest and has put measures in place to ensure that, to the extent possible, the design, conduct and reporting of the research is free from bias.

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Languages Spoken

  • English