Meet the Team
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.
Martin (Marty) Mayer
DMSc, MS, PA-C
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dr. Kunnamo developed the original idea of Evidence-Based Medicine Guidelines, a comprehensive electronic guideline database published by Duodecim Medical Publications Ltd., and served as its editor-in-chief between 1988 and 2008. He now serves as the editor-in-chief of the international version, which has been translated into 9 languages. Since 1986 he has worked as general practitioner at the Health Centre of Karstula in Central Finland. In 2009 he was appointed adjunct professor of general practice in the University of Helsinki. He has been involved in a number of projects on primary care computing, medical informatics, and the organization of primary care. In 2002 he was the leader of the team that produced the plan for the development of a nationwide, standardized electronic health record for Finland. Presently he develops a comprehensive multilingual decision support service (Evidence-Based Medicine electronic Decision Support, EBMeDS, www.ebmeds.org) utilizing the key data sets in the health records and providing patient-specific automatic reminders, interactive algorithms, and care plans. He participated in the United States Clinical Decision Consortium as a representative of Duodecim Medical Publications that was the only non-US member organization of the consortium. He contributed to the development and evaluation of communication strategies to support evidence-based practice within in the DECIDE Consortium.
He has published research papers in informatics, guidelines, rheumatology, gastroenterology, sinusitis, and diabetes care. He is a member of the GRADE working group, a member of the Executive Board of DynaMed Plus, EBSCO Health, an Editorial Advisor of BioMed Central (London), a founding member of the Guidelines International Network Implementation Working Group, and co-chair of the Multimorbidity Working Group. In 2014 he was elected chair of the WONCA (World organization of family physicians) Working Party on eHealth. His current activities also include research and development of tools for controlling polypharmacy in the elderly within the PRIMA-eDS Consortium.
MD, FACC, FAHA
Dr. Oettgen is Editor in Chief of DynaMed. He is board certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Cardiovascular Medicine. He is a Fellow of the American College of Cardiology and of the American Heart Association. Dr. Oettgen is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and the Director of Preventive Cardiology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He graduated from University of Connecticut Medical School and completed internal medicine residency training at Tufts New England Medical Center, and a Cardiology Fellowship at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. In addition to his clinical interests in preventive cardiology, he has conducted basic research in vascular biology for over 20 years and received a Physician Scientist Award from the National Institutes of Health and an Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association.
Dr. Price is a Trustee of the ThinkWell charity where she leads the PLOT-IT (Public Led Online Trials-Infrastructure and Tools) project. Her institutional affiliation is the University of Oxford. Her goal is to build clear channels to propel evidence into practice by supplying the public, and those in low resource areas, with tools to make evidence-based healthcare choices. It is her objective to deliver communication impact without oversimplifying research in science and health.
Responsible shared decision-making requires access to standardized and accurate shared knowledge. She is honored to be a founding member of HealthCare GPS. This group has the potential to change the course of medicine through just in time delivery of accurate evidence to meet the situation at hand.She and her team plan to engage, train and empower the public to plan, prioritize and take part in all aspects of research including the formation of online randomized controlled trials prioritised by the public and supported through expert methodological input. Her background in international relief work, clinical neurocognitive rehabilitation, service on the boards of multiple patient organizations and as a trauma survivor has equipped her with the flexible mindset to relate to all stakeholders and cultures. Amy’s experience has shown her that shared knowledge, interdisciplinary collaboration and evidence-based research is the voice that will shape and develop the future.
BA, MD, MSC, PhD
Dr. Elwyn is a tenured professor and physician-researcher at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, USA. He studied medicine in the United Kingdom and did his doctorate with Professor Richard Grol in the Netherlands. He leads an interdisciplinary team that studies shared decision making. His main focus is to understand the impact of Option Grid decision aids®, evidence-based tools to foster better conversations. He developed the Observer OPTION and CollaboRATE measures of shared decision making.