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Brennan Spiegel, MD, MSHS

Brennan Spiegel, MD, MSHS

Dr. Brennan Spiegel, MD, MSHS, is the Director of Health Services Research for Cedars-Sinai Health System and Professor of Medicine and Public Health at UCLA, where he teaches digital health science, health analytics and health economics.

Dr. Spiegel directs the Cedars-Sinai Center for Outcomes Research and Education (CS-CORE), a multidisciplinary team that investigates how digital health technologies, including wearable biosensors, smartphone applications, virtual reality, and social media, can strengthen the patient-doctor bond, improve outcomes, and save money. CS-CORE unites clinicians, computer scientists, engineers, statisticians and health services researchers to invent, test, and implement digital innovations for the clinical trenches, always focusing on the value of technology to patient and their providers. His team developed the largest and most widely-documented medical virtual reality program in the world at Cedars-Sinai. He is Co-Chair of the VR/AR Association Digital Health Committee, where he sets the research agenda for virtual reality research within the international society and partners to run Virtual Medicine, the first symposium entirely dedicated to medical virtual reality (

Dr. Spiegel has published numerous best-selling medical textbooks, editorials, and more than 170 articles in peer-reviewed journals. He is listed in the Onalytica "Top 100 Influencer" lists for digital health (#13) and virtual reality (#14). His digital health research has been featured by major media outlets, including Bloomberg, the Boston Herald, CBS News, Forbes, Huffington Post, LA Times, Mashable, NBC News, NPR, PBS, Reuters, and the Wall Street Journal. His virtual reality research won the 2017 “Webby Award” for best technology on the internet.

Beyond his focus on digital health innovations, Dr. Spiegel conducts psychometric, health-economic, epidemiologic, and qualitative research across a wide range of healthcare topics. As a member of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Field Advisory Committee, Dr. Spiegel also develops endpoints for clinical trials. His research team receives funding from the NIH, PCORI, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Hearst Foundation, Veterans Administration, California Initiative for the Advancement of Precision Medicine (CIAPM), and industry sources. Dr. Spiegel is Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Gastroenterology – the leading clinical gastroenterology journal in North America. He continues to practice clinical medicine and maintains an academic teaching practice at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. A prolific speaker, Dr. Spiegel is frequently invited to present on his areas of expertise at national and international events, most recently as a keynote speaker at the Consumer Electronics Show, Connected Health Conference, Health 2.0, Health Informatics Medical Society, Exponential Medicine, and the American Psychiatric Association. He practices clinical medicine and maintains an academic teaching practice at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.