Meet the Team

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Brian Alper

MD, MSPH, FAAFP, FAMIA
Chief Medical Knowledge Officer

Dr. Alper is board certified in family medicine and clinical informatics. He 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.

In 1995, Dr. Alper founded DynaMed, an evidence-based clinical reference, with the mission to provide the most useful information to health care professionals at the point-of-care. Dr. Alper established systematic literature surveillance as a method to extend evidence-based medicine principles and sustain continuous updating of DynaMed.

Dr. Alper is a leader in the evidence-based medicine community. He has advanced the methodology of evidence-based medicine through systems to support rapid development of high-quality guidelines with limited resources, modernized models for how to organize evidence and guidance for searches for clinical use, and defining certainty of net benefit as a focal point for what matters in healthcare decision making. Most recently Dr. Alper developed a novel method to cope with the current challenge of inconsistency across clinical practice guidelines. Dr. Alper’s mission expanded to provide the most useful support for healthcare decision making. He has become a frequent presenter and opinion leader across many related communities including American Medical Informatics Association, Association of Medical Directors of Information Systems, Guidelines International Network, Health Level Seven International, International Shared Decision Making Society, and Mobilizing Computable Biomedical Knowledge.

In his spare time, Dr. Alper can be found making strides toward defining the standard for computable expression of evidence and statistics through the EBMonFHIR project (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources for Evidence-Based Medicine Knowledge Assets).

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Martin (Marty) Mayer

DMSc, MS, PA-C
Clinical Evidence Synthesizer

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 as a foundational member of the Innovations and Evidence-Based Medicine Development Team.

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
Evidence Based Medicine Editor

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 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.

In July 2015, he started at DynaMed where his key role was to critically appraise and summarize systematic reviews. 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.

Bonnie Johnson

Bonnie Johnson

MBA
Opportunity Manager

Prior to joining EBSCO Bonnie held the position of Director of Corporate Procurement for a leading publishing company and most recently she worked with change management leadership organizations managing operations, logistics and communications. She holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Babson College and leads a non-profit in Newburyport, Massachusetts where she lives.

Bonnie Johnson quickly became an integral part of the Innovations team. As Opportunity Manager she helps identify, evaluate, manage and execute new opportunities related to shared decision making, patient engagement, clinical decision support, evidence-based medicine searching, and computable knowledge services. 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 organizations from hospitals to payers to charities to government agencies around the world.

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Khalid Shahin

BA
Prototype Engineer

Khalid is a self-taught computer programmer that has always been interested in using his skills in the sciences, specifically to automate systems. He has an interest in the arts particularly with video post-production where he uses his programming knowledge to make addon tools and to generate imagery.

Khalid has been an invaluable part of the Innovations and Evidence Based Medicine team since the day he began. In the years since, he has been helping in numerous projects to streamline the workflow and to rapidly create prototypes in the development for new products. He is a leading member and manager of the EBMonFHIR working group and is developing multiple proof-of-concept projects that could have vast impact on the healthcare industry. He creates software to assist researchers in putting data into a standard’s format that exponentially saves time and streamlines the data entry process while also displaying the data in a user-friendly way. His tenacity, professionalism and wonderful sense of humor make him a wonderful addition to the team.

Advisors

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Ilkka Kunnamo

MD, PhD

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, 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.

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Peter Oettegen

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.

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Amy Price

PhD

​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.

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Glyn Elwyn

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.