The International Guideline Credentialing & Certification Program is the product of a joint partnership between leaders in the field of guideline development - Guidelines International Network (GIN), a global network of guideline producing organizations and guideline participants, and world-renowned experts in guideline research, development and implementation at McMaster University’s Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact.
Program Steering Committee
Dr. Holger Schünemann (Chair)
Holger Schünemann is professor in the Departments of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact and of Medicine at McMaster University, widely considered the birthplace of evidence-based health care, where he was department chair from 2009 to 2019. He graduated from the Medical School of Hannover (1993 & Dr. med. in 1994) and trained in lung biology, epidemiology, internal medicine and preventive medicine/public health at the University at Buffalo, State of New York (M.Sc. Epidemiology in 1997; Ph.D. Epidemiology & Community Medicine in 2000). Since 2000, he co-led the reshaping of methodology for guideline development spanning clinical medicine to public health. He was a key contributor to the revised methods for WHO guideline development and the Institute of Medicine statement on trustworthy guidelines. He has been advisor and chair of many guideline expert groups for WHO, the European Commission, ministries of health, other governmental organizations and professional societies. He is co-chair of the GRADE working group (www.gradeworkinggroup.org) and director of Cochrane Canada and the McMaster GRADE center. Maintaining an active internal medicine practice fulfills his passion for patient care and ensures his research is people-oriented. He is an author of over 600 peer-reviewed publications (h-index 134/93 google scholar/web of science) and among the 1500 most cited scientists of all times (www.webometrics.info).
Dr. Robby Nieuwlaat (Member)
Robby Nieuwlaat is Associate Professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact at McMaster University. He obtained MSc in health sciences (2001) and PhD in cardiovascular clinical epidemiology (2007) from Maastricht University in The Netherlands. He worked as a post-doctoral research fellow at the Population Health Research Institute in Hamilton from 2008 until becoming a faculty member at McMaster University in 2011. He is a researcher in the MacGRADE Centre of McMaster University, GRADE working group member, and has experience with developing practice guidelines as a methodology panel member and systematic review lead. He is also a researcher at the Michael G. DeGroote Cochrane Canada Centre at McMaster University, Cochrane Heart editorial board member, and has led several highly cited reviews. His research interests include advancing evidence synthesis methods for clinical decision-making, as well as optimizing implementation of recommended best practice. He is an author of over 100 peer-reviewed publications (h-index 41 in Google scholar).
Elaine Harrow (Member)
Elaine Harrow, the CEO of the Guidelines International Network has been at the helm of the organisation since 2012, during which time she has overseen the strategic development and professionalisation of the business management, as well as the growth of the role of the secretariat, in supporting the Board.
An experienced manager and qualified project manager, Elaine previously ran her own consultancy and interim management business for ten years, during which time she worked extensively with the National Health Service (NHS) in Scotland in senior roles. Prior to setting up her own business, Elaine was a member of the management team for an American hi-tech multinational, where she was head of HR.
Dr. Craig Robbins (Member)
Craig Robbins, MD, MPH, FAAFP, is an associate professor in the Department of Health Systems Science at the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine that will open to its first class in July 2020. He received his Medical Degree from the University of Michigan (1993) and a Master of Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh (1998). He is board certified family physician with Kaiser Permanente (KP) in Denver, Colorado. He currently serves as Medical Director, Clinical Knowledge Services, at The Permanente Federation and Kaiser Permanente (KP) Care Management Institute. In this role, he oversees the KP National Guideline Program and the web based KP National Clinical Library. The KP National Guideline Program has been an organizational member of the Guidelines International Network (GIN) since 2010 and has followed the GRADE methodology for guideline development since 2011. He serves as an organizational trustee on the Guidelines International Network Board of Trustees and as a member of the Scientific Advisory Panel of the American Academy of Family Physicians.