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About the Evidence-based Practice Center Program Editorial Review Process

The Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) editorial review process ensures the accuracy, quality, consistency, and credibility of the scientific evidence reports produced for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Effective Health Care (EHC) Program. Each EHC Program publication undergoes a rigorous review process that includes:

  • Internal review by AHRQ staff to assess adherence to EHC Program expectations.
  • Review by an EPC Associate Editor to assess adherence to established methodology and guidelines for EPC-based research.
  • Peer review by topic and methodology experts and by stakeholders. The Scientific Resource Center manages this peer review independently from the EPC investigators who are producing the report or review.
  • Public review to solicit comments from the public at large.
  • Posting of the disposition of comments after the final report is posted on the EHC Program Web site.


By using this multifaceted approach to review each publication, AHRQ is committed to producing highly useful reports for a broad audience of stakeholders.

About the EPC Associate Editors

The EPC Associate Editors are researchers who have been nominated (or self-nominated) and selected by AHRQ and the Scientific Resource Center leadership to provide scientific oversight to the authors of evidence reports and comparative effectiveness reviews. The EPC Associate Editors are leaders in their respective fields and are actively involved as directors or leaders at their EPCs. They represent a broad range of expertise in such fields as medicine and clinical epidemiology, and in the methodology of systematic reviews and comparative effectiveness research. Three EPC Associate Editors specialize in reports on research methodology.

To maintain the highest standards, the EPC Associate Editors do not review research produced by their own EPC or any other research topic for which they have a conflict of interest.

EPC Associate Editors

Eric B. Bass, M.D., M.P.H.
Co-Director, Johns Hopkins University Evidence-based Practice Center
Professor of Medicine with joint appointments in Health Policy & Management, Epidemiology, and Nursing; Johns Hopkins University

Wendy Bruening, PhD
Associate Director
Health Technology Assessment Service
ECRI Institute

Mary Butler, Ph.D., M.B.A.
Associate Director, Minnesota EPC
Assistant Professor, Health Policy & Management, University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health

Tim Carey, MD, MPH
Director, Sheps Center for Health Services Research
UNC Chapel Hill

Roger Chou, MD, FACP
Director, Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center
Associate Professor, Departments of Medicine &
Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology
Oregon Health & Science University

Issa J. Dahabreh, M.D., M.S.
Associate Director, Brown Evidence-based Practice Center
Assistant Professor, Center for Evidence-based Medicine, Brown University

Donna M Dryden, Ph.D.
Associate Director, University of Alberta Evidence-based Practice Center
Associate Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics, University of Alberta

Jeanne-Marie Guise, M.D., M.P.H.
Associate Director, Scientific Resource Center
Portland VA Research Foundation

Mark Helfand, M.D., M.P.H.
Director, Scientific Resource Center
Portland VA Research Foundation
Staff Physician, Portland VA Medical Center

Jennifer S. Lin, M.D., M.C.R.
Associate Director, Kaiser Permanente Research Affiliates Evidence-based Practice Center
Research Physician, Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research, Northwest

Kathleen N. Lohr, Ph.D .
Distinguished Fellow (Health Services Research)
RTI International

Margaret A. Maglione, M.P.P.
Associate Director, Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center
RAND Corporation

Marian McDonagh, PharmD
Associate Director, Pacific Northwest Evidence-based Practice Center
Principal Investigator, Drug Effectiveness Review Project
Associate Professor, Oregon Health & Science University

Melissa McPheeters, PhD, MPH
Research Associate Professor
Director, Vanderbilt Evidence-based Practice Center
Institute for Medicine and Public Health

Margaret Piper, PhD, MPH
Senior Investigator, Kaiser Permanente Research Affiliates Evidence-based Practice Center
Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research

Karen A. Robinson, PhD
Co-Director, Johns Hopkins University Evidence-based Practice Center
Associate Professor, Medicine, Epidemiology, and Health Policy and Management
Johns Hopkins University

Barbara Mauger Rothenberg, PhD
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association Technology Evaluation Center Evidence-Based Practice Center
Associate Director, Technology Evaluation Center
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association

Jonathan R. Treadwell, Ph.D.
Associate Director, ECRI Institute Evidence-based Practice Center

Thomas A. Trikalinos, MD
Director, Brown Evidence-based Practice Center Director, Center for Evidence-based Medicine Associate Professor, Health Services, Policy & Practice | Brown University

Timothy J. Wilt, MD, MPH
Professor of Medicine and Core Investigator
Minneapolis VA Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research and the University of Minnesota School of Medicine
Co-Director, Minnesota Evidence-based Practice Center