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Bradley Malin

Last active: 4/6/2017


Bradley Malin, Ph.D., is the Vice Chair for Research and an Associate Professor of Biomedical Informatics in the School of Medicine in the School of Engineering at Vanderbilt University. He is also an Associate Professor of Computer Science in the School of Engineering and is Affiliated Faculty in the Center for Biomedical Ethics and Society.  He is the founder and current director of the Health Information Privacy Laboratory (HIPLab), an interdisciplinary endeavor that was established to address the growing need for data privacy research and development for the rapidly expanding health information technology sector. The HIPLab is funded through various grants from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health to construct technologies that enable privacy in the context of real world organizational, political, and health information architectures. To build practical solutions, the HIPLab draws upon methodologies in computer science, biomedical science, and public policy, but has also been known to innovate novel computational techniques when the state-of-the art is insufficient. In addition to its role as a scientific research program, for the past several years, the HIPLab has functioned as a data privacy consultation service for the Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) network, a consortium sponsored by the National Human Genome Research Institute and National Institute of General Medical Sciences.

Under the direction of Dr. Malin, the HIPLab has made contributions to a number of health-related areas, including intelligent auditing technologies to protect electronic medical records from misuse in the context of primary care, as well as algorithms to formally anonymize patient information disseminated for secondary research purposes. Notably, their investigations on the empirical risks to health information re-identification have been cited by the Federal Trade Commission in the Federal Register and certain privacy enhancing technologies they have developed have been featured in popular media outlets and blogs, including Nature News, Scientific American, and Wired magazine. Research artifacts from the HIPLab have received several awards of distinction from the American and International Medical Informatics Associations and Dr. Malin was honored as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government on outstanding scientists and engineers beginning their independent careers.

Dr. Malin completed his education at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, where he received a bachelor's in biological sciences, a master's in data mining and knowledge discovery, a master's in public policy and management, and a doctorate in computer science.


The following timeline graph is generated from all co-authored publications.

Featured publications are shown below:

  1. Data re-identification: societal safeguards. Altman RB, Clayton EW, Kohane IS, Malin BA, Roden DM (2013) Science 339(6123): 1032-3
    › Primary publication · 23449577 (PubMed) · PMC3740512 (PubMed Central)
  2. Enabling genomic-phenomic association discovery without sacrificing anonymity. Heatherly RD, Loukides G, Denny JC, Haines JL, Roden DM, Malin BA (2013) PLoS One 8(2): e53875
    › Primary publication · 23405076 (PubMed) · PMC3566194 (PubMed Central)
  3. Specializing network analysis to detect anomalous insider actions. Chen Y, Nyemba S, Zhang W, Malin B (2012) Secur Inform 1(5)
    › Primary publication · 23399988 (PubMed) · PMC3566705 (PubMed Central)
  4. Auditing medical records accesses via healthcare interaction networks. Chen Y, Nyemba S, Malin B (2012) AMIA Annu Symp Proc : 93-102
    › Primary publication · 23304277 (PubMed) · PMC3540438 (PubMed Central)
  5. Biomedical data privacy: problems, perspectives, and recent advances. Malin BA, Emam KE, O'Keefe CM (2013) J Am Med Inform Assoc 20(1): 2-6
    › Primary publication · 23221359 (PubMed) · PMC3555341 (PubMed Central)
  6. Massive flap donor sites and the role of negative pressure wound therapy. Schmedes GW, Banks CA, Malin BT, Srinivas PB, Skoner JM (2012) Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 147(6): 1049-53
    › Primary publication · 22949007 (PubMed)
  7. Quantifying the Correctness, Computational Complexity, and Security of Privacy-Preserving String Comparators for Record Linkage. Durham E, Xue Y, Kantarcioglu M, Malin B (2012) Inf Fusion 13(4): 245-259
    › Primary publication · 22904698 (PubMed) · PMC3418825 (PubMed Central)
  8. A practical approach to achieve private medical record linkage in light of public resources. Kuzu M, Kantarcioglu M, Durham EA, Toth C, Malin B (2013) J Am Med Inform Assoc 20(2): 285-92
    › Primary publication · 22847304 (PubMed) · PMC3638181 (PubMed Central)
  9. Reducing patient re-identification risk for laboratory results within research datasets. Atreya RV, Smith JC, McCoy AB, Malin B, Miller RA (2013) J Am Med Inform Assoc 20(1): 95-101
    › Primary publication · 22822040 (PubMed) · PMC3555327 (PubMed Central)
  10. Hiding in plain sight: use of realistic surrogates to reduce exposure of protected health information in clinical text. Carrell D, Malin B, Aberdeen J, Bayer S, Clark C, Wellner B, Hirschman L (2013) J Am Med Inform Assoc 20(2): 342-8
    › Primary publication · 22771529 (PubMed) · PMC3638183 (PubMed Central)
  11. Anonymization of longitudinal electronic medical records. Tamersoy A, Loukides G, Nergiz ME, Saygin Y, Malin B (2012) IEEE Trans Inf Technol Biomed 16(3): 413-23
    › Primary publication · 22287248 (PubMed) · PMC3779068 (PubMed Central)
  12. Role prediction using Electronic Medical Record system audits. Zhang W, Gunter CA, Liebovitz D, Tian J, Malin B (2011) AMIA Annu Symp Proc : 858-67
    › Primary publication · 22195144 (PubMed) · PMC3243238 (PubMed Central)
  13. A systematic review of re-identification attacks on health data. El Emam K, Jonker E, Arbuckle L, Malin B (2011) PLoS One 6(12): e28071
    › Primary publication · 22164229 (PubMed) · PMC3229505 (PubMed Central)
  14. Experience-Based Access Management: A Life-Cycle Framework for Identity and Access Management Systems. Gunter CA, Liebovitz D, Malin B (2011) IEEE Secur Priv 9(5): 48-55
    › Primary publication · 22034582 (PubMed) · PMC3199376 (PubMed Central)
  15. Secure management of biomedical data with cryptographic hardware. Canim M, Kantarcioglu M, Malin B (2012) IEEE Trans Inf Technol Biomed 16(1): 166-75
    › Primary publication · 22010157 (PubMed) · PMC4156282 (PubMed Central)
  16. Identifiability in biobanks: models, measures, and mitigation strategies. Malin B, Loukides G, Benitez K, Clayton EW (2011) Hum Genet 130(3): 383-92
    › Primary publication · 21739176 (PubMed) · PMC3621020 (PubMed Central)
  17. An Entropy Approach to Disclosure Risk Assessment: Lessons from Real Applications and Simulated Domains. Airoldi EM, Bai X, Malin BA (2011) Decis Support Syst 51(1): 10-20
    › Primary publication · 21647242 (PubMed) · PMC3107517 (PubMed Central)
  18. A secure protocol for protecting the identity of providers when disclosing data for disease surveillance. El Emam K, Hu J, Mercer J, Peyton L, Kantarcioglu M, Malin B, Buckeridge D, Samet S, Earle C (2011) J Am Med Inform Assoc 18(3): 212-7
    › Primary publication · 21486880 (PubMed) · PMC3078664 (PubMed Central)
  19. Anonymization of administrative billing codes with repeated diagnoses through censoring. Tamersoy A, Loukides G, Denny JC, Malin B (2010) AMIA Annu Symp Proc : 782-6
    › Primary publication · 21347085 (PubMed) · PMC3041421 (PubMed Central)
  20. Private medical record linkage with approximate matching. Durham E, Xue Y, Kantarcioglu M, Malin B (2010) AMIA Annu Symp Proc : 182-6
    › Primary publication · 21346965 (PubMed) · PMC3041434 (PubMed Central)
  21. Learning relational policies from electronic health record access logs. Malin B, Nyemba S, Paulett J (2011) J Biomed Inform 44(2): 333-42
    › Primary publication · 21277996 (PubMed) · PMC3063332 (PubMed Central)
  22. Never too old for anonymity: a statistical standard for demographic data sharing via the HIPAA Privacy Rule. Malin B, Benitez K, Masys D (2011) J Am Med Inform Assoc 18(1): 3-10
    › Primary publication · 21169618 (PubMed) · PMC3005867 (PubMed Central)
  23. The MITRE Identification Scrubber Toolkit: design, training, and assessment. Aberdeen J, Bayer S, Yeniterzi R, Wellner B, Clark C, Hanauer D, Malin B, Hirschman L (2010) Int J Med Inform 79(12): 849-59
    › Primary publication · 20951082 (PubMed)
  24. The disclosure of diagnosis codes can breach research participants' privacy. Loukides G, Denny JC, Malin B (2010) J Am Med Inform Assoc 17(3): 322-7
    › Primary publication · 20442151 (PubMed) · PMC2995712 (PubMed Central)
  25. Anonymization of electronic medical records for validating genome-wide association studies. Loukides G, Gkoulalas-Divanis A, Malin B (2010) Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 107(17): 7898-903
    › Primary publication · 20385806 (PubMed) · PMC2867915 (PubMed Central)
  26. Evaluating re-identification risks with respect to the HIPAA privacy rule. Benitez K, Malin B (2010) J Am Med Inform Assoc 17(2): 169-77
    › Primary publication · 20190059 (PubMed) · PMC3000773 (PubMed Central)
  27. Effects of personal identifier resynthesis on clinical text de-identification. Yeniterzi R, Aberdeen J, Bayer S, Wellner B, Hirschman L, Malin B (2010) J Am Med Inform Assoc 17(2): 159-68
    › Primary publication · 20190058 (PubMed) · PMC3000784 (PubMed Central)
  28. Technical and policy approaches to balancing patient privacy and data sharing in clinical and translational research. Malin B, Karp D, Scheuermann RH (2010) J Investig Med 58(1): 11-8
    › Primary publication · 20051768 (PubMed) · PMC2836827 (PubMed Central)
  29. Secure construction of k-unlinkable patient records from distributed providers. Malin B (2010) Artif Intell Med 48(1): 29-41
    › Primary publication · 19875273 (PubMed)
  30. Model-based design of clinical information systems. Mathe J, Werner J, Lee Y, Malin B, Ledeczi A (2008) Methods Inf Med 47(5): 399-408
    › Primary publication · 18852913 (PubMed)
  31. Ethical and practical issues associated with aggregating databases. Karp DR, Carlin S, Cook-Deegan R, Ford DE, Geller G, Glass DN, Greely H, Guthridge J, Kahn J, Kaslow R, Kraft C, Macqueen K, Malin B, Scheuerman RH, Sugarman J (2008) PLoS Med 5(9): e190
    › Primary publication · 18816162 (PubMed) · PMC2553818 (PubMed Central)
  32. A cryptographic approach to securely share and query genomic sequences. Kantarcioglu M, Jiang W, Liu Y, Malin B (2008) IEEE Trans Inf Technol Biomed 12(5): 606-17
    › Primary publication · 18779075 (PubMed)
  33. A modeling environment for patient portals. Duncavage S, Mathe J, Werner J, Malin BA, Ledeczi A, Sztipanovits J (2007) AMIA Annu Symp Proc : 201-5
    › Primary publication · 18693826 (PubMed) · PMC2655806 (PubMed Central)
  34. Confidentiality preserving audits of electronic medical record access. Malin B, Airoldi E (2007) Stud Health Technol Inform 129(Pt 1): 320-4
    › Primary publication · 17911731 (PubMed)
  35. A computational model to protect patient data from location-based re-identification. Malin B (2007) Artif Intell Med 40(3): 223-39
    › Primary publication · 17544262 (PubMed)
  36. A longitudinal social network analysis of the editorial boards of medical informatics and bioinformatics journals. Malin B, Carley K (2007) J Am Med Inform Assoc 14(3): 340-8
    › Primary publication · 17329730 (PubMed) · PMC2244883 (PubMed Central)
  37. Re-identification of familial database records. Malin B (2006) AMIA Annu Symp Proc : 524-8
    › Primary publication · 17238396 (PubMed) · PMC1839550 (PubMed Central)
  38. A secure protocol to distribute unlinkable health data. Malin BA, Sweeney L (2005) AMIA Annu Symp Proc : 485-9
    › Primary publication · 16779087 (PubMed) · PMC1560734 (PubMed Central)
  39. Protecting genomic sequence anonymity with generalization lattices. Malin BA (2005) Methods Inf Med 44(5): 687-92
    › Primary publication · 16400377 (PubMed)
  40. An evaluation of the current state of genomic data privacy protection technology and a roadmap for the future. Malin BA (2005) J Am Med Inform Assoc 12(1): 28-34
    › Primary publication · 15492030 (PubMed) · PMC543823 (PubMed Central)
  41. How (not) to protect genomic data privacy in a distributed network: using trail re-identification to evaluate and design anonymity protection systems. Malin B, Sweeney L (2004) J Biomed Inform 37(3): 179-92
    › Primary publication · 15196482 (PubMed)
  42. Correlating web usage of health information with patient medical data. Malin BA (2002) Proc AMIA Symp : 484-8
    › Primary publication · 12463871 (PubMed) · PMC2244241 (PubMed Central)
  43. Inferring genotype from clinical phenotype through a knowledge based algorithm. Malin BA, Sweeney LA (2002) Pac Symp Biocomput : 41-52
    › Primary publication · 11928494 (PubMed)
  44. Re-identification of DNA through an automated linkage process. Malin B, Sweeney L (2001) Proc AMIA Symp : 423-7
    › Primary publication · 11825223 (PubMed) · PMC2243547 (PubMed Central)
  45. Determining the identifiability of DNA database entries. Malin B, Sweeney L (2000) Proc AMIA Symp : 537-41
    › Primary publication · 11079941 (PubMed) · PMC2244110 (PubMed Central)