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Alan Brooks, M.D., Ph.D.

Meet Alan Brooks, M.D., Ph.D.

Dr. Brooks explains how the environment at UR lends itself to a successful career as a physician scientist

Alan Brooks, MD, PhD

Medical School

University of Louisville School of Medicine


University of Rochester Medical Center -  Internal Medicine


University or Rochester Medical Center - Cardiovascular Disease

How Did You Choose Your Subspecialty Area?

My original desire to sub-specialize in cardiovascular disease stemmed from the loss of several family members but during my graduate studies I developed a fascination with the molecular mechanisms underlying injury response and ventricular remodeling.

What is Unique about the PSTP Program at the University of Rochester?

The PSTP program at URMC is adaptive and flexible to the unique needs of each of its members as they progress through internal medicine, subspecialty and research training.

How Would You Recommend the Program?

The strength of the clinical training in conjunction with the adaptive nature of the PSTP program and truly protected research time make URMC an attractive training environment for clinician scientists.

Something Cool About Yourself that has Nothing to do with Medicine or Science

I enjoy cooking as many meals as possible from simple, quick dishes to more complicated gourmet style dining.

Grants, Publications, and Honors Awarded During the Training Program

  • "Identifying Biomarkers Predictive of Right Heart Failure in Left Ventricular Assist Device Patients​." University of Rochester CTSA award (UL1 TR002001) from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences of the National Institutes of Health (2020).
  • National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Award (2017-2019), renewal award submitted and pending review for 2019-2021.
  • John C Sable Memorial Heart Fund Research Award (2017-2019).

Current Research Mentor

Eric Small, Ph.D.