Brochhausen, Mathias

Mathias BrochhausenAssociate Professor and Associate Director of Education, Department of Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics
Faculty, Institute for Child Health Policy

Phone: (352) 294 5984

Clinical and Translational Research Building
2004 Mowry Road, Suite 3228
PO Box 100147
Gainesville, FL 32610-0147


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany
  • M.A. Philosophy, Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, Germany

Mathias Brochhausen CV

Professional Biography

Mathias Brochhausen is an associate professor in the Department of Health Outcomes and Biomedical Informatics at the University of Florida. In addition, he serves as the associate education director of the department. Before joining the University of Florida, he was an associate professor and vice-chair for faculty development in the Department of Biomedical Informatics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, Arkansas, United States. He received a Ph.D., in Philosophy from Johannes Gutenberg-University, Mainz, Germany in 2004. Before joining UAMS in 2011, he was a researcher at and manager of the Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical Information Science and executive director of the European Centre for Ontological Research, both at Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany. His research interests include semantic technologies, particularly knowledge representation and reasoning applied to clinical and clinical research data.

Dr. Brochhausen developed and co-developed multiple ontologies coded in Web Ontology Language (OWL), such as the Document Act Ontology (d-acts), the Ontology for Biobanking (OBIB), the Drug Ontology (DRON), Ontology of Biomedical Investigations (OBI), etc. He is currently completing work on the Ontology of Organizational Structures of Trauma systems and Trauma centers (OOSTT) as part of the Comparative Assessment Framework for Environments of Trauma Care (CAFÉ) project and continues to contribute to the Drug-drug Interaction and Drug-drug Evidence Ontology (DIDEO). He is beginning work on a new project to investigate patterns of temporal disease progression. He is the author of over 40 peer-reviewed publications, is an associate editor of BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, has refereed over a dozen journals, and has served on numerous conference program committees.



  • Semantic Web Technologies
  • Biomedical Ontologies
  • Knowledge Representation in Biomedicine
  • Data Science


  • Forthcoming: Bona JP, Utecht J, Bost S, Hayes C, Brochhausen M. Building a Shared Ontology Use Patterns Repository. International Conference on Biomedical Ontology (ICBO) 2019, Buffalo, NY, July 30 – August 2, 2019.
  • Utecht J, Ball J, Bowman SM, Dodd J, Judkins J, Maxson RT, Nabaweesi R, Pradhan R, Sanddal ND, Winchell RJ, Brochhausen M. Development and validation of a controlled vocabulary: an OWL representation of organizational structures of trauma centers and trauma systems. Stud Health Technol Inform 2019; 264:403-407.
  • Bona JP, Prior FW, Zozus MN, Brochhausen M. Enhancing Clinical Data and Clinical Research Data with Biomedical Ontologies – Insights from the Knowledge Representation Perspective. IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics 2019; 28: 140-151.
  • Brochhausen M, Bona J, Blobel B. The Role of Axiomatically-rich Ontologies in Transforming Medical Data to Knowledge. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2018; 249:38-49.
  • Judkins J, Tay-Sontheimer J, Boyce RD, Brochhausen M. Extending the DIDEO Ontology to Include Entities from the Natural Product Drug Interaction Domain of Discourse. J Biomed Semantics 2018 May 9; 9(1): 15.
  • Blobel B, Brochhausen M, Ruotsalainen P. Modeling the Personal Health Ecosystem. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2018; 249:3-16.
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  • Brochhausen, M (Principal Investigator). CAFE . Comparative Assessment Frameworks for Environments of Trauma Care, 2015-2020. National Institute for General Medical Sciences. Award amount: $ 1,289,512