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Scientific Committee 2011

Chair of the Scientific Committee

Rich Rosenfeld

Richard Rosenfeld, MD, MPH (US)

Richard M. Rosenfeld is Professor and Chairman of Otolaryngology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center and Long Island College Hospital in Brooklyn, New York.  He is Chairperson of the Guideline Development Task Force for the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS), and also serves as Editor in Chief of the official Academy journal, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.  Dr. Rosenfeld has 20 years of experience with systematic reviews and guideline development, including work with the American Medical Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, AAO-HNS, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, ENT Cochrane Center, and the New York State Department of Health.  He is author, coauthor, or editor of 5 books and over 200 scientific publications and textbook chapters.  Dr. Rosenfeld has given over 500 scientific presentations as is recognized as an international authority on otitis media and evidence-based medicine.  He has been listed for 10 years as one of “America’s Best Doctors” by Castle Connolly.


Members of the Scientific Committee

Melissa Brouwers.JPGMelissa Brouwers (CA)

Dr. Melissa Brouwers is an Associate Professor and Health Services Research Lead in the Department of Oncology, McMaster University; Scientific Director of the Program in Evidence-based Care, Cancer Care Ontario; National Lead for the Capacity Enhancement Project of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and KT Lead for The Canadian Centre for Applied Research in Cancer Control (ARCC), a National Consortium of HSR researchers in cancer. She holds a BSc in Psychology from the University of Toronto and an MA and PhD in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario.    She is an active and leading member of various national and international research groups including a member of the Clinical Guidelines Advisory Group of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and the Principal Investigator of the AGREE A3 project and the AGREE Next Steps Project.

Jako Burgers October 2008Jako Burgers (NL)

Jako Burgers is Senior Consultant at the Dutch Institute for Healthcare Improvement CBO and Senior Researcher at IQ healthcare, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre in the Netherlands. He also works part-time as general practitioner. From 1992 to 2002 he was involved in guideline development at the Dutch College of General Practitioners. From 1998 to 2003 he was co-investigator in the international AGREE (Appraisal Guidelines Research and Evaluation) project. His thesis 'Quality of Clinical Practice Guidelines' was rewarded with the CaRE Award 2002 of the Netherlands School of Primary Care Research. He is a member of the G-I-N Board of trustees and chairs the allied health community. For more information on Jako please click here.

Edwin ChanEdwin Chan (SG)

Edwin Chan is the Head of Epidemiology at the Singapore Clinical Research Institute and Associate Professor at the Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School. He is also the Director of the Singapore Branch of the Australasian Cochrane Centre and served as chairman of the Local Organizing Committee and co-chair of the Scientific Committee of the 17th Cochrane Colloquium. He is a member of the EBM committees of the Singapore General Hospital & the National University Hospital, and has assisted the Singapore Ministry of Health for over 10 years in training clinical teams in evidence-based clinical practice guidelines development.

Maria Eugenia Esandi.JPGMaria Eugenia Esandi (AR)

María Eugenia Esandi was graduated as a doctor in 1993 at the Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Buenos Aires.  In 1997 she started her career in Epidemiology at the Academia Nacional de Medicina de Buenos Aires. In 2005, she successfully completed the international master program on “Health Technology Assessment and Management” at the Universidad de Barcelona (Spain). Her final thesis was about the production and quality of clinical practice guidelines (CPG) in Argentina. Since 2005, she has been a researcher at the Instituto de Investigaciones Epidemiológicas, Academia Nacional de Medicina. At present she is one of the coordinators of the Improvement Program of CPG organized by this institution.

Paul GlasziouPaul Glasziou (AU and UK)

Paul Glasziou is currently the Director of the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, and Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine in the department of Primary Care at the University of Oxford, and also continues work as a part-time General Practitioner. He is the author of over 150 peer-reviewed publications in medical decision making, clinical trials, systematic reviews and evidence-based medicine. He is editor of the BMJs journal of Evidence-Based Medicine. He is a member of the management committee of the 3 largest clinical trials ever conducted in Australia: the LIPID, FIELD, and ADVANCE studies. He has published 6 books on evidence-based health care and decision making: Systematic Reviews in Health Care; Decision Making in Health Care and Medicine: integrating evidence and values; An Evidence-Based Medicine Workbook; Clinical Thinking: Evidence, Communication and Decision-making; Evidence-Based Medicine: How to Practice and Teach EBM; and Evidence-Based Medical Monitoring: Principles and Practice. In 2008 he was awarded an NHMRC Australia Fellowship, and will move back to Australia.

Hyunjung KimHyunjung Kim (KR)

Hyunjung Kim, Ph.D., worked for the Institute for Evidence based Medicine in Korea University as a research professor. She had worked on a variety projects for community guideline and clinical practice guideline development and also conducted systematic review and meta-analysis of various subjects. Recently she has appointed as vice director of Korean Branch of Australasian Cochrane center.

Ken KuoKen N Kuo (TW)

Ken N Kuo, MD is the Director and Professor at the Division of Health Policy Research and Development, Institute of Population Health Sciences, National Health Research Institutes, and National Taiwan University Hospital. He is a well recognized internationally in pediatric orthopedics and active in international and North American societies. He serves as editorial reviewer in many orthopedic journals internationally. In the field of health policy research, he had conducted many projects in Taiwan, including physician health workforce study, Tobacco Control Forum, IRB Accreditation, EBM and CPG as well as education and promotion. He serves in advisory capacity to Department of Health in Taiwan on graduate medical education, health promotion. He recently conducted white paper on Healthy People 2020 in Taiwan.

Sunhee Lee (KR)

Sunhee Lee, MD, PhD, is professor in the Department of Preventive Medicine at the School of Medicine, Ewha Womans University. She obtained her MD from teh same university in 1988 prior to obtaining her PhD from the Graduate School of Health Science and Management, Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea in 1991. In 2004 she was a visiting scholar at UCLA, USA. She is the Executive Director of Health Policy, Korean Academy of Science and Vice-President Executive Director of The Korean Society of Hospital Management. She is also member of a number of Board and Committees (Board member of the National Evidence-based Health Care Collaborating Agency - NECA, Member of the steering committee for research of the National Health Insurance Corporation...)

Sue LukersmithSue Lukersmith (AU)

Sue has extensive experience working with people with disabilities in a range of sectors providing clinic and community based treatment, community based rehabilitation and work injury rehabilitation. This has been combined with work as a lecturer, rehabilitation consultant and managing director of her own multi-disciplinary rehabilitation practice. She has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Occupational Therapy) and Masters in Ergonomics. Over the past 8 years Sue has worked in evidence based health care and rehabilitation on a range of research projects, clinical guidelines, and special reports. This has involved systematic review of literature, development of recommendations, authoring guidelines and policy directed reports. Her work has been at the regional/national level in Australia, and the international level in Canada and recently with the World Health Organization.

Andy Parrish (SA)


Keng Ho PweeKeng Ho Pwee (SG)

Dr Keng Ho Pwee is a public health physician. He obtained his MBBS in 1991 and his MMed (Public Health) in 1999 from the National University of Singapore and has been working in public health and health administration in the Ministry of Health, Singapore, since 1995. Since 2002, he has been working in the fields of HTA and clinical practice guidelines development in the Ministry of Health. He is a co-opted trustee of the G-I-N Board (2009-2010). He is a member of the editorial board of the International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care (IJTAHC) and an associate editor of the Singapore Medical Journal (SMJ).

Nandi Siegfried.jpgNandi Siegfried (SA)

Nandi Siegfried is a public health medicine specialist and is currently Co-director of the South African Cochrane Centre based at the Medical Research Council. She has a MBChB degree a (1993) and a Masters in Public Health (Honours-2000), and holds a Fellowship in Public Health Medicine (2004). She was a Nuffield Medical Fellow at the University of Oxford from 2004 to 2007, where she was based at the Clinical Trials Service Unit obtaining a DPhil degree in Clinical Epidemiology. She is an active member of the international organization, the Cochrane Collaboration, and in 2000 established the Cochrane HIV/AIDS Mentoring Programme to train novice African researchers in meta-analytic methods. Her current research focuses on the methodological quality and conduct of randomized controlled trials of HIV/AIDS interventions and explores the feasibility and sustainability of a national trials support centre to enhance the quality, conduct and translation of trial research in the South African public health sector. In 2009 she contributed to the development of World Health Organization guidelines for anti-retroviral treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS and is currently involved in a project appraising guidelines for the Southern African Regional Programme on Access to Medicines.

Jin Ling Tang (HK)


Philip van der Wees May 2010Philip van der Wees (NL)

Philip van der Wees is physical therapist and human movement scientist from Amsterdam, the Netherlands. He finished his doctoral thesis in 2009, in which he evaluated the development and implementation of evidence-based clinical guidelines in physical therapy. He currently works as Program Manager Quality & Implementation in a joint program of the Royal Dutch Society for Physical Therapy, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre (IQ healthcare), and Maastricht University (Caphri Research Institute). He is a member of the G-I-N Board of trustees and chairs the allied health community. For more information on Philip and his background please click here.

Naohito YamaguchiNaohito Yamaguchi (JP)

I graduated from Keio University School of Medicine, Japan, in 1978, and I started my career as researcher in epidemiology and public health.  Currently, I am professor and chairperson of Department of Public Health, Tokyo Women’s Medical University.  I am also working as the Director of the Medical Information Network Distribution Service (MINDS) Center of Japan Council for Quality Health. MINDS Center is the clearinghouse of clinical practice guidelines, and continues distributing through the Internet clinical practice guidelines and related information of more than 60 diseases since 2004.

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