Meet the Team

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Brian Alper

MD, MSPH, FAAFP

Dr. Alper is the Founder of DynaMed, and Vice President of Innovations and EBM Development for EBSCO Health. He is board certified from the American Board of Family Medicine and a Fellow at the American Academy of Family Physicians. Brian graduated from Hahnemann University (now Drexel University School of Medicine), completed a fellowship at University of Missouri-Columbia, and continued as Clinical Research Assistant Professor serving roles in research, clinical practice and education at University of Missouri-Columbia School of Medicine for five years.

Dr. Alper has published research in evidence-based medicine and meeting clinical information needs, has presented at national and international meetings annually since 1999, and has served as Co-Chair for the Group on EBM for the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Through DynaMed methodology, he continues to advance the practical application of EBM. Dr. Alper is currently active in multiple international EBM developments including Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) and the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) Working Group.

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Martin (Marty) Mayer

DMSc, MS, PA-C

As a foundational member of the Innovations and Evidence-Based Medicine Development Team at EBSCO Health, Martin (Marty) Mayer has been practicing, teaching, publishing on, and developing curricular materials for evidence-based medicine and shared decision-making since before it was an expectation in medical practice. He therefore brings deep expertise in how evidence is generated, curated, appraised, synthesized, translated, and applied, including the important paradigm of shared decision-making. His clinical background is in internal medicine and cardiology, and he currently maintains part-time practice. He previously held academic appointments at two universities, reaching the rank of associate professor and only stepping away from academia to join EBSCO Health in the aforementioned capacity.

Marty has published widely in national and international peer-reviewed journals as a sole, first, or last author, and he has been honored to have some of his articles selected as Editor's Choice for the issue of the journal in which they were published. He is a member of the GRADE working group, and he has also presented on and provided consultation for various topics pertaining to evidence-based medicine and shared decision-making from the local to international level. All his professional activities - whether with EBSCO, in clinical practice, or in side projects of his own - share at least one broad, unifying theme: seeking to improve patient care by maximizing utilization of the best-available evidence, always employing shared decision-making wherever it is feasible. Further information is available on his website.

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Eric Manheimer

PhD

Eric brings unique skills and insights to the role of EBM Editor on the EBSCO Health Innovations and EBM Development team because of his twenty plus years working full-time in EBM.

Before joining EBSCO Health, Eric was an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMD SoM) where he prepared systematic reviews of acupuncture and other complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies and coordinated the activities of the Cochrane CAM Field. His systematic reviews were regularly published in leading journals including the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, BMJ, and Annals of Internal Medicine and include some of the highest cited systematic reviews in acupuncture/complementary medicine research. During his 13 years at UMD SoM, he conceived and wrote two competitively reviewed NIH grant applications that funded the activities of the Cochrane CAM Field (specifically) from 2007 through 2016 – one for two million and the other for three million (the latter got a score of 11, a near perfect score). Concurrent with his work at UMD SoM, he was a PhD student at VU Amsterdam. He received his PhD in Epidemiology/Medicine (with a focus on systematic reviews in CAM/acupuncture) in 2013. His advisors included internationally respected systematic review scholars including Lex Bouter, Danielle van der Windt, and Sir Iain Chalmers.

His introduction to DynaMed and EBSCO Health was through Brian Alper, whom he had met at various conferences. Following discussions at the September 2014 Hyderabad Cochrane Colloquium, they collaborated on an analysis of the evidence on the potential benefits and harms of alteplase for stroke beyond three hours. Their study was published in BMJ in 2015 and brought great online attention. DynaMed Editors included it as one of the top five most important articles in their 2015 ‘Year in Review’.
Eric was impressed by Dr. Alper and intrigued by DynaMed and he applied for a job as a medical writer. In July 2015, he started on the DynaMed Systematic Literature Surveillance (SLS) team where his key role was to critically appraise and summarize systematic reviews, with a focus on Cochrane Reviews. During his three years on SLS, it is estimated that he critically appraised and summarized 880 Cochrane reviews for DynaMed. In August 2018, he joined the EBSCO Health Innovations and EBM Development team as EBM Editor where his key role is to contribute to the development of Patient Decision Aids by identifying, critically appraising, and synthesizing the evidence that underlies them. Eric is thankful to have the opportunity to continue to develop his knowledge on systematic reviews and contribute to their point of care application under the leadership of Dr. Brian Alper.

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Bonnie Johnson

MBA

Bonnie Johnson is an integral part of the Innovations team at EBSCO Health overseeing the daily operations of the department. As Opportunity Manager she helps identify, vet, manage and execute new opportunities to facilitate shared decision making in healthcare. She has the pleasure of working closely with Brian Alper assisting him with creating new innovative solutions to the most urgent healthcare information needs across the globe. Her tenacious style and professionalism have helped build a vibrant network of partners that form a system of offerings that aid organization, from hospitals, to government agencies to ministries of health around the world.

Prior to joining EBSCO Bonnie worked with change management leadership organizations managing operations, logistics and communications. She hold a Masters in Business Administration from Babson College and leads a non-profit in Newburyport, Massachusetts where she lives.

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Khalid Shahin

BA

Khalid is a prototype engineer for EBSCO Health and has been an invaluable part of the Innovations and Evidence Based Medicine team since the day he began. He is a self-taught computer programmer. He is a leading member of the EBMonFHIR working group and is developing multiple proof-of-concept projects that could have vast impact on the healthcare industry.