Gordon Guyatt, MD, MSc - Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatistics from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, he coined the term 'evidence-based medicine' and helped specify the role of values and preferences in evidence-based clinical practice training thousands of clinicians in the practice of patient-centered EBM. Earlier in his career he set the bases for rigorous measure of patient-reported outcomes. More recently he has redefined clinical practice guidelines, linking the strength of recommendation to the extent to which patients will opt for different therapies. He has published more than 500 peer-reviewed publications and has been recognized as a highly-cited author. He has received multiple honors, among which was his designation as Officer of the Order of Canada "for his contributions to the advancement of evidence-based medicine and its teaching" in 2011.
Maggie Breslin, MA - a designer researcher who has worked over the last 10 years in advancing patient-centered innovations in healthcare delivery first at the SPARC Innovation Program and then at the Mayo Clinic Center for the Science of Healthcare Delivery. She has emphasized and promoted an approach to quality improvement and innovation that favors connecting people while creating conversations that matter. She has helped develop decision aids for using during consultations that are responsive to the needs of both patients and clinicians.
Gary Schwitzer - has more than 30 years of experience as a health care journalist and as keen analyst of his profession. In this capacity he publishes HealthNewsReview.org in which he and his team (including several physicians) grade the health news coverage in major US outlets. He has been Professor of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota teaching health journalism and media ethics, editor of online health education websites and producer of shared decision making videos for patients, and news reporter for 15 years, heading the medical news unit at CNN.
Glyn Elwyn, MD, PhD is a physician-researcher, currently Visiting Professor and Senior Scientist at the Dartmouth Health Care Delivery Science Center and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Dartmouth College, USA. After reading the humanities he qualified in medicine. He completed a masters in medical education and a doctorate about shared decision making under the guidance of Richard Grol in the Netherlands. He leads interdisciplinary research teams that deploy a range of investigative methods. His work examines the implementation of shared decision making, user-centred design of patient decision support interventions and the integration of these into routine health care. His current focus in on the development, use and impact of Option Grids. He co-chairs the International Patient Decision Aids Standards Collaboration. He has developed the OPTION instrument to measure shared decision making and the International Family Practice Maturity Matrix: a measure of organisational development in primary care. He is the co-editor of 'Shared decision making: Evidence Based Patient Choice' (Oxford University Press, 2nd edition 2009).
Ronald Epstein MD is Professor of Family Medicine, Psychiatry, Oncology and Nursing at the University of Rochester Medical Center, where he directs the Center for Communication and Disparities Research and the Deans Teaching Fellows Program. His research on improving patient-physician communication focuses on marginalized populations, stigmatized conditions such as depression and HIV, and end-of-life care. He has developed innovative educational programs in mindful practice, communication skills, physician self-awareness and assessment of professional competence. Dr Epstein is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and has authored over 180 articles and book chapters. He is an amateur harpsichordist and married to Deborah Fox, lutenist and founder of Pegasus Early Music.
Peter Ubel M.D. is a physician and behavioral scientist whose research and writing explores the quirks in human nature that influence our lives - the mixture of rational and irrational forces that affect our health, our happiness and the way our society functions. Ubel is the Madge and Dennis T. McLawhorn University Professor of Business, Public Policy and Medicine at Duke University. His research explores controversial issues about the role of values and preferences in health care decision making, from decisions at the bedside to policy decisions. He uses the tools of decision psychology and behavioral economics to explore topics like informed consent, shared decision making and health care cost containment. He has published two books and has one coming up on the challenges of shared decision making called Critical Decisions (HarperCollins).
Gonzalo Gianella MD is a Peruvian physician who has experience in managing Human Rights conflicts in health care. A graduate from the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, he completed clinical training in the US in Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine. Early in his career he became involved in Human Rights activism, participating between 1998 and 1999 with the Peruvian Ombudsman Office (an independent governmental Human Rights institution) in an investigation over forced sterilizations. He was part of a team responsible of gathering information about cases of forced sterilizations, work that included interviews with victims and health care providers. Since 2011, he advises the Peruvian Ombudsman Office reviewing hundreds of health care related complaints of Peruvian citizens against medical institutions and medical doctors. Currently he works as a Pulmonologist in a busy private hospital in Lima, where he also directs the Intensive Care Unit. At the same time he continues to be actively involved with Human Rights institutions. He believes that open discussions about Human Rights conflicts in health care could improve the quality of decision making and help bring a discussion often had in public health to clinical decision making.