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Welcome to the following new members who have recently joined G-I-N. This page will be continually updated as new members join.

Soumyadeep Bhaumik

 Soumyadeep Bhaumik

Dr Soumyadeep Bhaumik, MBBS, M. Sc (International Public Health) is a medical doctor and global health professional from India. Soumyadeep has extensive experience in evidence syntheses for leading international agencies, including for guideline development. He is also the co-Convenor of the Cochrane Priority Setting Methods Group.  His other research interests are quality of clinical practice guidelines, program implementation, equity, global health and health policy. Soumyadeep is also an Analyses Advisor, The BMJ and Associate Editor (social media), BMJ Global Health

Zohra Lassi

zohra lassi

Dr Lassi is a Perinatal Epidemiologist and a recognised leader in evidence synthesis to improve maternal and newborn health in low and middle income countries. She is currently working as an National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellow at the University of Adelaide. She has published over 80 peer-reviewed papers, and an author on 8 book chapters and several research/technical reports. Her research has contributed significantly to global maternal and newborn policy and the significance of her work has resulted in invited presentations at international meetings as well.


Kevin O'Neil, MD, MHA

Kevin O’Neil

Dr. O’Neil is a pulmonary/critical care/sleep physician practicing in Wilmington, North Carolina, USA.  He has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering and received his MD from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. He completed his postgraduate medical education while serving in the US Navy and held a variety of positions at several military teaching hospitals including Pulmonary/Critical Care Program Director, Pulmonary Division Chief and Director of Graduate Medical Education. He has completed a Masters in Healthcare Administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Dr. O’Neil has an interest in Respiratory Therapy education and is currently a Commissioner and Treasurer for the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care (CoARC), the organization that accredits Respiratory Therapy training programs in the US. His guideline interests relate to work with the American College of Chest Physicians, where he is a member of their Guidelines Oversight Committee with a focus on guideline implementability.


Evidence Prime

Since its inception, Evidence Prime has provided health care professionals with world-class products aimed at streamlining the process of health care decision making. We work hard to give you the most advanced and innovative tools available to ensure your time is used as efficiently as possible.

Evidence Prime is a collaboration between McMaster University – a leading Canadian academic institution – and a group of committed, experienced Polish IT professionals. We joined forces with the aim of becoming the market leader in creating innovative IT tools for evidence-based health care professionals.

Our unique union allows us to draw experience from two domains – health and IT. Our blend of knowledge enables us to create ingenious products that streamline the decision making process of evidence-based health care.

The Evidence Prime team is always open for new challenges. We embrace the opportunity to work with other stakeholders in the healthcare domain and beyond to develop methods, systems and software. We invite you to contact us to discuss your needs. We can help you by creating out-of-the-box, tailored solutions to quickly advance your health care decision making.


Alastair Fortuin

Alastair Graeme Fortuin

Alastair Graeme Fortuin is a registered medical doctor with an MBA from the University of Cape Town and postgraduate certification in educational management and leadership from Maastricht University Alastair has been actively involved in the healthcare sector as a clinician, educator, researcher, administrator and scholar for over thirty years in Ireland, South Africa and the United Kingdom. His area of endeavor concerns the strategic interplay of behavioral economics, deliberate practice and implementation science in medical education and healthcare leadership as it pertains to the evaluation and modulation of change among medical doctors and students to best practice guidelines and the implications for patient safety, the learning environment, practice based learning, professional identity formation, entrustable professional activities, cognitive apprenticeship, load and scaffolding, faculty development, assessment, technology life cycles, brand equity, consumer pressure, risk management, performance indicators, benchmarking, transformation, public-private synergism, media and investor relations, organisational culture, corporate identity and branding, new product development, clinical governance, nosokinetics, and evidence-based medicine

Dr Fortuin’s field of clinical practice is anesthesia.

Tom Lang

Tom Lang

Tom Lang, MA, is an international consultant and educator in medical writing and scientific publications. Formerly Manager of Medical Editing Services at the Cleveland Clinic, he was also Senior Scientific Writer at the New England Cochrane and Evidence-Based Practice Centers at the New England Medical Center. His books, How to Report Statistics in Medicine and How to Write, Publish, and Present in the Health Sciences, are standard references in evidenced-based medicine and medical writing. He participated in the original CONSORT, MOOSE, and PRISMA standards-setting groups and developed the SAMPL Guidelines (Statistical Analyses And Methods in the Published Literature) and the CLIP principles (for documenting Clinical And Laboratory Images in Publications).

He is Past President of the Council of Science Editors, the current Treasurer of the World Association of Medical Editors, a Fellow of the American Medical Writers Association, and the recipient of the Association’s highest award, the Harold Swanberg Distinguished Service Award for Outstanding Contributions to Medical Communications. He has received teaching awards from the American Medical Writers Association, the American Statistical Association, and the University of Chicago. His master’s degree in Communications Management is from the Annenberg School for Communications at the University of Southern California.


Dr Morio Aihara

Dr Morio Aihara

Dr. Aihara is currently working as a part‐time instructor at the Hirosaki University School of Medicine. He is a graduate of the Hirosaki University School of Medicine, Japan and also studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Department of Pathology, Hemostasis and Thrombosis section). He is a member of the GRADE working group and a collaborator at the Minds Guideline Centre.

In 2015 Dr. Aihara published the updated manual of CPG development with the title of “GRADE system for clinical practice guideline” (2nd edition, in Japanese) and in 2016 he translated the PRISMA checklist into Japanese. In 2017 has translated the GIN-McMaster Guideline Development Checklist into Japanese and it is currently been prepared for release.


EBM Practice Net Working Group

EBM Practice Net  Working Group

 The Working group Development of Primary Care Guidelines is a consortium of guideline developers (see members) in Belgium.

RIZIV (the Belgian national institute for health and invalidity insurance) is funding the Working group Development of primary Care Guidelines as a public sector client. The priorities in our work have been agreed in consultation with RIZIV’s National Council for Quality Promotion in Health Care (NRKP).

The aim of this working group is to advance the development, adaptation and revision of guidelines for primary care staff, including the use of a joint development plan, coordination between the various partners and the further dissemination and integration in various other EBM tools. Actions that are preparatory to the implementation of guidelines can also be incorporated by the working group.

The working group aims to develop guidelines for primary care. Collaborations with other partners or disciplines that focus on developing guidelines within health care can also be integrated.


ESCMID – Managing infections, promoting science


 Since its foundation in 1983 ESCMID has been promoting research and training to improve the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infection-related diseases. Antimicrobial resistance has been at the core of our activities – at our study groups, committees, courses and conferences over the past years. Our experts have been committed to developing hands-on solutions by supporting and promoting research and training to tackle the problem around the world.

The society offers professional training and programmes on antibiotic stewardship, infection control and resistance surveillance. It develops medical guidelines, policies for antimicrobial use, and initiatives to promote novel diagnostics, vaccines and therapies. In line with the one health approach, ESCMID brings together physicians, veterinarians and microbiologists specialised in bacterial, viral, fungal and parasitic infections to improve infection control and prevent inappropriate antibiotics use.

ESCMID organises the world's largest and most comprehensive congress in the field of antimicrobial resistance. At ECCMID, 12,000 specialists in the field of infectious diseases, clinical microbiology and infection control come together to discuss research, solutions and policies to tackle in antimicrobial resistance.


Maternity and Children Hospital

Maternity and Children Hospital Maternity and Children Hospital (MCH) is a governmental secondary care organization that is located in the Northern Border of Saudi Arabia, Arar region. It is governed by the Ministry of Health. It was opened in mid 2015 with a 300 bed capacity. Its scope of services includes: secondary acute and chronic diseases in obstetrics and Gynecology, and paediatric specialties.

Our vision is to lead the region in providing a safe evidence-based healthcare services with excellent professional values and to be among the best specialized hospitals serving the community across their life span in Saudi Arabia.


Sansom Institute for Health Research - University of South Australia

University of South Australia

Led by renowned oncologist, cancer researcher and bioethicist Professor Ian Olver, the Sansom Institute for Health Research brings together leading researchers with the key aims of intervening early to prevent illness, improving health systems and services, creating more effective therapies, and advancing health equality.

Named after eminent Australian pharmacist Emeritus Professor Lloyd Sansom AO, the Sansom Institute encompasses a unique breadth of research that extends across the entire health spectrum. More than 250 members and 200 PhD students collaborate across a diverse range of cutting edge projects, with an annual research income of over $20m. We have many valued national and international collaborations, and the institute currently collaborates with around 120 institutions in 22 countries.

The Sansom has an emphasis on 6 broad themes in health: cancer, healthy lifestyles, neuroscience and mental health, pharmaceuticals and population health. Working within and across these themes are around 30 different concentrations producing innovative research linked to better health; areas of expertise are diverse and include allied health, musculoskeletal health and bone growth, cell biology, the early origins of adult health, epilepsy, medicines and vaccines development, anthropometry and sports science, health and use of time, health economics, microbiology and infectious disease, evolutionary physiology of the lung, mosquito-borne disease, nursing and midwifery, mental health and substance use, nutrition, neuroscience, public health, medicines policy, epidemiology, therapeutics and pharmaceutical science.

Underpinning all of these themes is a commitment to evidence-based practice in health - producing the primary and secondary evidence to guide clinicians in quality, equitable health service delivery.

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Dr Albert Martirosyan

Dr Albert Martirosyan

Albert is currently working as a surgeon in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at the Erebouni Medical Center and is the founder and the vice president of the Armenian Association of Specialists in Evidence-Based Medicine. He advises researchers and doctors on biostatistics and evidence-based medicine, lectures to students and researchers, participates in the reviewing of the guidelines on the AGREE II.



Dr Billy M. Tsima, MMed, M.S.C.E

Billy Tsima

Billy is a Family Physician and Senior Lecturer at the University of Botswana, Faculty of Medicine. He holds a Bachelor of Medicine degree from Newcastle University, Australia. He completed his Family Medicine training with the University of Stellenbosch, South African. Billy holds a Masters of Science degree in Clinical Epidemiology from the University of Pennsylvania, USA. He has worked with the Botswana Ministry of Health to develop Clinical Practice Guidelines for primary healthcare practitioners in Botswana.

Elizabeth Matovinovic MSc, PhD

Elizabeth Matovinovic

Elizabeth is an independent consultant living in the US and affiliated with the Faculty of Medicine at Chiang Mai University in Thailand.  Elizabeth has worked in academia, government and in the pharmaceutical industry specialising in global phase IV real world surveillance studies.

She is a Cochrane author and GRADE member with current projects related to the philosophy of evidence based medicine. Elizabeth joined G-I-N to network with guidelines people across the globe and perhaps someday begin or join a collaboration researching low cost or regionally appropriate alternatives to gold standard treatments.

MRC Hubs for Trials Methodology Research Network                              

MRC HubsThe MRC Hubs for Trials Methodology Research Network comprises five Hubs working together as a Network to make a real difference to improve the quality of trials and, ultimately, patient care.  The HTMR Network promotes and encourages collaborative methodological research relevant to trials, with the aim of accelerating implementation of the most effective and appropriate methods.

The Hubs for Trials Methodology Research (HTMR) were first established by the MRC in 2009 to create a UK-wide regionally distributed research resource to improve the design, conduct, analysis, interpretation, and reporting of clinical trials.  The HTMR Network was created to add value by enhancing the activities of the individual Hubs, strengthening the methodological research further, and aiding dissemination and education relating to good methods in clinical trials. Our activities include:

  • Facilitating collaborative inter-Hub projects
  • Supporting training in new methods
  • Encouraging new collaborations inside and outside the Network through its Working Groups
  • Strengthening communication across the Hubs and with the wider methodology and trials community
  • And acting as a central contact point between key stakeholders and the Hubs.

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Professor Dafin F. Muresanu, MD, PhD, MBA, FANA                               

Dafin MuresanuProfessor of Neurology, Senior Neurologist, Chairman of the Neurosciences Department, Faculty of      Medicine, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Iuliu Hatieganu” Cluj-Napoca, President of the Romanian Society of Neurology, President of the Society for the Study of Neuroprotection and Neuroplasticity (SSNN), member of the Academy of Medical Sciences, Romania, secretary of its Cluj Branch. He is also member of 13 scientific international societies (being member of the American Neurological Association (ANA) - Fellow of ANA (FANA) since 2012) and 7 national ones, being part of the executive board of most of these societies.

Professor Dafin F. Muresanu is a specialist in Leadership and Management of Research and Health Care Systems (specialization in Management and Leadership, Arthur Anderson Institute, Illinois, USA, 1998 and several international courses and training stages in Neurology, research, management and leadership). Professor Dafin F. Muresanu is coordinator in international educational programs of European Master (i.e. European Master in Stroke Medicine, University of Krems), organizer and co-organizer of many educational projects: European and international schools and courses (International School of Neurology, European Stroke Organisation summer School, Danubian Neurological Society Teaching Courses, Seminars - Department of Neurosciences, European Teaching Courses on Neurorehabilitation) and scientific events: congresses, conferences, symposia (International Congresses of the Society for the Study of Neuroprotection and Neuroplasticity (SSNN), International Association of Neurorestoratology (IANR) & Global College for Neuroprotection and Neuroregeneration (GCNN) Conferences, Vascular Dementia Congresses (VaD), World Congresses on Controversies in Neurology (CONy), Danube Society Neurology Congresses, World Academy for Multidisciplinary Neurotraumatolgy (AMN) Congresses, Congresses of European Society for Clinical Neuropharmacology, European Congresses of Neurorehabilitation).

His activity includes involvement in many national and international clinical studies and research projects, over 350 scientific participations as “invited speaker” in national and international scientific events, a significant portfolio of scientific articles (134 papers indexed on Web of Science-ISI, H-index: 15) as well as contributions in monographs and books published by prestigious international publishing houses. Prof. Dr. Dafin F. Muresanu has been honoured with: the Academy of Romanian Scientists, “Carol Davila Award for Medical Sciences / 2011”, for the contribution to the Neurosurgery book “Tratat de Neurochirurgie” (vol.2), Editura Medicala, Bucuresti, 2011; the Faculty of Medicine, University of Medicine and Pharmacy “Iuliu Hatieganu” Cluj-Napoca “Octavian Fodor Award” for the best scientific activity of the year 2010 and the 2009 Romanian Academy “Gheorghe Marinescu Award” for advanced contributions in Neuroprotection and Neuroplasticity.


Dr Eddy Lang

Eddy Lang is the Academic and Clinical Department Head and a Professor of the Department of Emergency Medicine, at the Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary. He also holds the position of Senior Researcher with Alberta Health Services. He co-chaired the 2007 Academic Emergency Medicine Consensus Conference on Knowledge Translation which remains an ongoing interest. Dr. Lang is a member of the GRADE working group and has led the development of GRADE-based clinical practice guidelines in pre-hospital care in the US and is currently engaged in the same activity with the International Liaison Committee on Resuscitation. Dr. Lang is also an award-winning educator having received recognition at both the university, national and international levels.  He also serves as Senior Associate Editor for the Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine and Associate Editor for ACP Journal Club and the International Journal of Emergency Medicine. He also writes a quarterly column for the Calgary Herald on Evidence-Based Medicine.


Dr. Robyn Temple-Smolkin

Robyn is the Director of Clinical and Scientific Affairs at Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP). Robyn has a B.A. in Biology from State University of New York at Geneseo, NY and a Ph.D. in Molecular & Cellular Biology from State University of New York Health Science Center at Brooklyn, NY. Robyn has a background in molecular diagnostics and pathology, clinical laboratory compliance, process and quality management, and business development. During her career, Robyn has obtained multiple clinical certifications to include Technical Supervisor in Molecular Diagnostics (ABB), Qualification in Laboratory Compliance (ASCP), and Technologist in Molecular Biology (ASCP). She is board-certified as a High Complexity Laboratory Director in Molecular Diagnostics (ABB). Robyn has pursued post-graduate training in business administration and LEAN Six Sigma (Black Belt level). After fellowship in transplant immunogenetics at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Robyn was a Clinical Molecular Diagnostics Specialist at Shodair Children’s Hospital Medical Genetics Department in Helena, MT where she developed and implemented a clinical pharmacogenetic testing program. She cofounded and was Director of Laboratory Operations of Big Sky Diagnostic Labs, a CAP-accredited CLIA-licensed independent molecular pathology laboratory focused on women's health and infectious disease. A member for over a decade, Robyn has served on the AMP Membership and Professional Development (Membership Affairs) and Nominating Committees. She joined AMP staff in 2014 as the Project Manager for Scientific and Clinical Programs, becoming Director of Clinical and Scientific Affairs later that year. In this role, Robyn is responsible for AMP’s Innovation and Improved Patient Care initiatives, which includes project management and strategic planning for AMP’s Clinical Practice Committee and all five scientific subdivisions.

As Director of Clinical and Scientific Affairs, Robyn has primary development and oversight responsibilities for clinical practice guideline activities at AMP. Recent projects include:

  • Molecular Biomarkers for the Evaluation of Colorectal Cancer: Guideline from the American Society of Clinical Pathology, College of American Pathologists, Association for Molecular Pathology, and American Society of Clinical Oncology (in press)
  • Molecular Testing Guideline for Selection of Lung Cancer Patients: Guideline Update from the College of American Pathologists, International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, and the Association for Molecular Pathology (in development)
  • Standards and Guidelines for the Interpretation and Reporting of Sequence Variants in Cancer: A Joint Consensus Recommendation of the Association for Molecular Pathology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, and College of American Pathologists. Li, M.M. et al., The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics, Volume 19, Issue 1, 4 – 23, 2017.
  • The Spectrum of Clinical Utilities in Molecular Pathology Testing Procedures for Inherited Conditions and Cancer: A Report of the Association for Molecular Pathology. Joseph, L. et al., The Journal of Molecular Diagnostics, Volume 18, Issue 5, 605 – 619, 2016

Denny John, MBA, MPH, PT

Denny John

Denny is currently working as Evidence Synthesis Specialist, GDN-Campbell Collaboration, at Global Development Network (GDN), New Delhi. He has experience of working with development organisations and consulting companies for conducting cost-effectiveness analysis, systematic reviews and epidemiological forecasting studies. He has experience of working in healthcare delivery and community health projects in India and Nepal, and provided technical support for projects in Bangladesh, Tanzania, and Nigeria. Denny has been the Principal Investigator/Co-Investigator for over 15 research studies conducted across various states in India, and has been awarded several research and project grants from national and international bodies.

Denny has published over 25 articles in peer-review journals, book chapters, and technical reports in the field of health financing, systematic reviews & meta-analysis, cost-effectiveness analysis, and implementation research. He is one of the co-authors of the first ‘Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research Guidelines for India’, and currently collaborating with academics on developing ‘Economic Evaluation Guidelines for Vaccines in India’. He is a reviewer for International Journal for Technology Assessment in Healthcare, Value in Health-Regional Issues, Patient Experiences Journal, Medical Decision Making and reviews of the Cochrane Collaboration.

In addition to the above, Denny has a MBA in Hospital Management from Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR), Jaipur, Master of Public Health (MPH) from University of Auckland, New Zealand, and Bachelor of Physiotherapy from Mangalore University. He is Fellow of Royal Society of Public Health, UK, and Royal Society of Tropical Medicine and Health, UK, and is the Chair-Elect for ISPOR Asia Young Professionals Group (2015-17). 

Denny aims to spread the knowledge and build capacity towards evidence synthesis, and economic evaluation, and wider uptake of evidence-based health policy in developing countries such as India.


Dr Edgar Mora Brito

Edgar Mora Brito

Dr. Edgar Mora Brito is a specialist in Internal Medicine and has a Diploma in Diabetes and Clinical Research Methodology. He is a winner of 4 awards of the specialty (Latin American Society of Internal Medicine, Ecuadorian Society of Endocrinology, International Diabetes Federation).

Edgar is the President of the Ecuadorian Diabetes Federation, regional Amazon, Director of Teaching and Research at General Puyo Hospital and a Physician Assistant, Teacher and Researcher.

He is also a delegate of the Latin American Diabetes Association (ALAD) Ecuador from 2013-2016.

Edgar has participated in the coordination of the process of adaptation of Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) for the Ministry of Public Health (MPH) of Ecuador. He has participated in the adaptation of the CPG of Gestational Diabetes, CPG of type 2 diabetes mellitus and CPG of Hypertension of MPH Ecuador.

His main lines of investigation include metabolic disorders and ethnicities, bioinformatic tools for improving care for chronic patients (Computerised System Development Support for Chronic Disease Management version 1.0 (2010-2013)., diabetologica education, audit services in the field of chronic disease, epidemiology of chronic diseases, chronic disease and disability and diabetes prevalence in patients with tuberculosis.


Dr David Riley

David Riley

David Riley MD is board certified in Internal Medicine and been a medical journal editor and writer since 1995.

He participated in the development of the CONSORT health research reporting guidelines from 2000 – 2004,  and led the development of reporting guidelines for case reports—the CARE Guidelines in 2011. Systematic and transparent case reports can provide (1) early signals of effectiveness, harms and resource use; (2) inform clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) and (3) generate testable hypotheses for clinical research.


Health Quality Ontario

Health Quality Ontario

Health Quality Ontario (HQO) is the provincial advisor on the quality of health care.  HQO reports to the public on the quality of the health care system, evaluates the effectiveness of new health care technologies and services, and supports quality improvement throughout the system. 

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Marjan van den Akker, PhD

Marjan van den Akker

Marjan was trained as a health scientist and epidemiologist and is working as an associate professor at the departments of Family Medicine of Maastricht University (the Netherlands) and the Academic Center for General Practice of the KU Leuven (Belgium).

Her research activities focus on comorbidity, multimorbidity, polypharmacy, psychosocial profiles in longitudinal perspective and well-being of older cancer patients/survivors as well as the role of family medicine in the care for cancer survivors.

As a young researcher, her main focus of research was epidemiological studies on multimorbidity (prevalence and incidence of multimorbidity and associations with psychosocial characteristics, as well as descriptive studies of co-morbidity of chronic diseases). Increasingly, this incorporates more complex longitudinal epidemiological analyses of the development of multimorbidity and polypharmacy, disentangling morbidity and medication patterns. Furthermore, analyses focus on interactions (disease-disease, treatment-treatment, and treatment-disease), the feasibility of applying (disease specific) guidelines to patients who have multimorbidity, and incorporating patient preferences.

Current studies regarding multimorbidity and polypharmacy include epidemiological analyses of data from the Registration Network Family Practices (RNH) of the Department of Family Medicine Maastricht University, data from the Maastricht Aging Study (MAAS) of the Department of Psychiatry and Neuropsychology (Maastricht University) and data from the Intego database of the Academic Center for General Practice (KU Leuven); and an RCT evaluating a multidisciplinary intervention to optimise medication profiles in people using multiple chronic medication. New studies in this area are being planned.


Toju Ogunremi

Toju Ogunremi

Toju currently works as a Senior Research Analyst within the Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Branch of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

The focus of her work is writing evidence-based Infection Prevention and Control Guidelines. This involves public health research, critical review, critical appraisal, conducting systematic reviews, data and research analysis, evidence synthesis, scientific writing for guidelines and peer-reviewed publications, and knowledge transfer and exchange.

She works with the Agency’s Infection Prevention and Control Expert Working Group (with expertise in infectious disease, infection prevention and control, public health and occupational health) on the technical content for the guidelines. Toju's research experience is in microbiology, biotechnology, infection prevention and control, and synchrotron science. She has conducted research, data collection and/or analysis in academia, health and food industry and most recently, the federal government. She has a Masters’ degree in Microbiology from the University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

Amy Weisman

Amy Weisman

Amy is a Pediatric Physical Therapist at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford for 10 years.  She received her Masters of Science in Physical Therapy at UCSF in 2003 and received her Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Temple University in May 2013.

In addition, Amy is a credentialed Clinical Instructor for Physical Therapy Interns and is the Center Coordinator of Clinical Education for the physical therapy department.   Clinically, Amy sees medically complex children of all ages in our outpatient physical therapy clinic.   She recently became the primary PT in the multidisciplinary Epidermolysis Bullosa Clinic here at LPCH.  In addition, she recently presented work at the Debra (Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Association) of America Care Conference in Texas on “Physical Therapy Tips for Patients with EB”.

Through this clinical work, Amy is working closely with Debra International to establish a “Guideline Development Group” for the creation of a Clinical Practice Guideline for the Physical Therapy Management of Patients with Epidermolysis Bullosa.  Part of this work includes collaborating with the American Physical Therapy Association, Academy of Pediatric Physical Therapy Knowledge Broker Network.


Narayan Prabhu lyer, MBBS, MD, FAAP

Narayan Prabhu Lyer

Dr. lyer is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine and an Attending Neonatologist at the Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

He studied Medicine in Kerala University, India in 1999 and then got Paediatric training at Cardiff University and Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health in the United Kingdom. Dr lyer then completed Pediatric Residency and subsequently a Fellowship in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine at the Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA. He currently practices as a Neonatologist and provide intensive care for sick newborn infants.

Dr lyer is interested in evidence synthesis and guideline production and implementation. Heis a member of the Document Development and Implementation Committee of the American Thoracic Society (ATS), Vice Chair of the Evidence Synthesis Methodology Working Group of ATS and more recently the GRADE working group. Dr lyer’s research goal is to optimise guideline development process such that it is more efficient and the final guideline is easy for clinicians to implement.


Dr Samantha L Wood, MD, FAAEM, FACEP

Samantha Wood

Dr. Wood is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine and an Attending Physician in Emergency Medicine at Maine Medical Center in Portland, Maine.  She studied at Yale University School of Medicine and completed a combined Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine/Critical Care residency and fellowship at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  She is board certified in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Critical Care.

Dr. Wood has been involved in creation and revision of guidelines and protocols at Maine Medical Center including several ED observation unit pathways, a sepsis guideline, and an atrial fibrillation guideline.  She looks forward to membership in G-I-N as a resource and community as she continues to learn about and collaborate on guideline development at her institution.


Tammy Clifford

Tammy Clifford

Dr Tammy Clifford is the Vice President of CADTH’s Medical Device and Rapid Response Programs.  Over the past decade, she has served in a number of senior leadership roles at CADTH, with responsibility for the agency’s Health Technology Assessment (HTA), Horizon Scanning, Rapid Response, Scientific Advice and Patient Engagement programs. 

Tammy received her PhD in Epidemiology & Biostatistics at the University of Western Ontario, and her BSc and MSc from McGill.  Through her role as an adjunct professor with the School of Epidemiology, Public Health & Preventive Medicine at the University of Ottawa, Tammy is building awareness of and capacity in HTA through her active involvement with the graduate program where she both teaches and supervises MSc and PhD students.  She has been actively involved with national and international HTA activities, including having served on the Board of Directors of Health Technology Assessment international (HTAi), the international society for the promotion of HTA, and having participated in the development of the scientific programmes for many HTAi annual meetings. 

Tammy is internationally recognised for her passion and commitment to advancing the science of HTA, and to mentoring the next generation of HTA producers.   


Kathleen L Irwin, MD, MPH, FACPM, FIDSA

Kathleen Irwin

Leader, Guideline Development, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, Georgia, USA

 Dr. Irwin has dedicated her career to public health, preventing infectious diseases, and promoting women’s health. Since 2015, she has led development of guidelines about preventing healthcare-associated infections and antimicrobial drug resistance in CDC’s Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion in Atlanta. She has also served as leader of guideline development in CDC’s Division of HIV Prevention (2011-2015) and Chief of Health Services Research and Evaluation in CDC’s Division of STD Prevention (1998-2005) where she developed guidance on HIV and STD screening and treatment. From 2006-2011, she developed global HPV vaccine recommendations and evaluated adolescent vaccination programs at World Health Organisation in Switzerland and International Agency for Research on Cancer in France.

She has served on several national and international committees that developed clinical practice guidelines and advised the National Institutes of Health, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the US Agency for International Development, and other governmental and nongovernmental organisations. She has served as principal investigator on several studies about STD, HIV, and cancer prevention and has published extensively on these topics in peer-review journals.  She also practiced primary care at Grady Hospital Clinics and served as Adjunct Associate Professor at Emory University’s School of Public Health. She is a Fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America and board certified in Preventive Medicine and Public Health. She received a B.S. from Brown University, a MD from Boston University, and a MPH from University of Washington.


Jaqueline Carmona

Jacqueline Carmona

Jaqueline Carmona, was born in Germany in 1975, and lived some years in Switzerland. She is at the third year studying as a PhD Student - Science Cognition and Language at Portuguese Catholic University - Institute of Health Sciences.  In 2008, Jaqueline was the European Clinical Specialisation in Fluency Disorders, coordinator of the postgraduation at Thomas More University College. She has a degree in Speech and Language Therapy from School of Health in higher education at Alcoitão (ESSA) and another degree in Linguistics from the Faculty of Social and Human Sciences from the New University of Lisbon. 

Jaqueline currently practices as a Speech and Language Therapist at PIN, a Clinic near Lisbon.  She is an invited lecturer at the School of Health in higher education at Alcoitão since 2003 and since 2010 has lectured on the discipline of Fluency Disorders. In addition to the Jaqueline represents the partner School in Higher Education ESSA, Portuguese partner at the European Clinical Specialisation in Fluency Disorders, lectures ‘Causal & Mantaining variables of stuttering’ and is also a mentor or coach of Speech and Language Therapists that carry out this graduation.




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