Scientific Committee


G-I-N 2018 Scientific Committee

Professor John Kinsella, 2018 Scientific Committee Chair

Professor Steve Pilling, 2018 Scientific Committee Vice Chair


Lubna Al-Ansary

Susan Hillier

Roberta James

Marguerite Koster

Christine Laine

Gillian Leng

Hector Pardo

Amir Qaseem

Per Olav Vandvik

Naohito Yamaguchi


John Kinsella

Professor John Kinsella, 2018 Scientific Committee Chair, SIGN Council

John Kinsella MB BS (Newcastle), MD (Glasgow), FRCA, FFICM holds the University of Glasgow Chair of Anaesthesia, Pain and Critical Care, based at Glasgow Royal Infirmary, where he is also a Consultant in Critical Care Medicine. He trained in Newcastle, Sheffield, Birmingham, Stoke Mandeville and Glasgow and was a Research Fellow at University of Glasgow and the Burns Unit at Glasgow Royal.

He was an Intensive Care Society Travelling Fellow to the USA and was the first Advanced Trainee in Critical Care in Scotland. He was a Consultant in Critical Care and Anaesthesia before becoming a Senior Lecturer and then Professor in 2007. He was formerly the Lead Clinician for Critical Care at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and Regional Advisor in Intensive Care Medicine. Professor Kinsella was a FRCA examiner from 2001 to 2011 and has been an external examiner in Dundee, Edinburgh and Hull-York Universities.

He is currently Lead Clinician for the National Managed Clinical Network (MCN) in Burn Care and is currently, (since Jan 2014) Chair of the Scottish Intercollegiate Guideline Network (SIGN), having previously been Vice-Chair of SIGN Council and Chair of the Strategy Committee.

Professor Kinsella has published over 200 peer-reviewed publications. His research is currently funded by CRUK, BMA, NHS Greater an Clyde, Better Together, Tenovus, National Institute for Academic Anaesthesia, European Society of Regional Anaesthesia, Medical Research Scotland, The CSO and the Health Foundation.


Steve Pilling

Professor Steve Pilling, 2018 Scientific Committee Vice Chair

Professor Steve Pilling is the Director of the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH) which produces the NICE mental health guidelines. He is also the Director of the Centre for Outcomes Research and Effectiveness at University College London.

His research interests include: 1) Health services research, including trials of complex interventions such as crisis intervention teams and implementation studies of health service policy initiatives; 2) Psychological treatment, in particular treatments for depression and the competences required to deliver effective interventions for all psychological treatments and disorders; 3) Systematic reviews in mental health and their use in clinical guidelines; 4) Clinical guideline development and implementation in mental health.


Lubna Al AnsaryLubna Al-Ansary, MBBS, MSc, MRCGP, FRCGP

Lubna A. Al-Ansary is a Professor of Family Medicine at the College of Medicine, a part-time Consultant Family Physician at the Primary Care Centre and the head of the Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs) Committee at King Saud University in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).

Her efforts in promoting evidence-based health care in KSA and the Gulf Countries since the late 1990’s, allowed her to hold Bahamdan Research Chair for evidence-based health care and knowledge translation at KSU.

Along with her team at the Research Chair, she has provided in-depth training on local adaptation of CPGs (using the ADAPTE framework) for different organizations in KSA, Tunisia and Kuwait and collaborated with WHO-EMRO towards establishing a regional initiative on CPGs.

As a strong believer in the mission and objectives of the Guidelines International Network (G-I-N), Lubna is an elected member for G-I-N’s Board of Trustees.  Her efforts in promoting capacity building in systematic reviewing at the national level lead her to being selected by the Cochrane Collaboration to be its contact person in KSA.

Lubna is also a strong advocate for MENA Health Policy Forum and has participated in the 2013 and 2015 forums. She conducted the country report for the research project: “MENA-HPF Mapping Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights and Policies in the Arab World”.

Lubna has become a member of the Consultative Council, which is the ‘Appointed Parliament’ in KSA. She joined the Council in Jan 2013 as one of the first women MPs ever and she represented women MPs at the Inter-parliamentary Union for 2 years.

In Dec 2016, Lubna returned to academic, clinical and research life at KSU and became the Head of the Community Medicine Unit. In May 2017, she was seconded to the Ministry of Economy and Planning as an advisor to HE the Minister and the Secretary General of the National Population Committee.


Susan Hillier

Susan Hillier

Susan Hillier is Dean: Research for the Division of Health Sciences, University of South Australia. She has a clinical background in neurological rehabilitation and continues to maintain a small practice. This informs her ongoing teaching and research in the area of clinical neuroscience.

Susan has experience in both primary (over 25 clinical trials) and secondary evidence (five Cochrane reviews, over 20 other systematic reviews), and has been a consultant for national guidelines.

More recently her work has involved implementation research; working with clinicians to monitor and develop best practice including service changes (such as assessment practices) or adoption of new interventions that have arisen from her clinical trials.


Roberta James

Roberta James, PhD

Roberta James is the Programme Lead at the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) and has responsibility for the currency, quality, validity and timely development and dissemination of SIGN guidelines. She has 13 years of experience producing evidence based guidelines at SIGN and is interested in presenting recommendations in ways that fit the needs of professional and public audiences.

She collaborated with Health Protection Scotland (HPS) to introduce methods to develop evidence based guidelines for health protection in Scotland which has led to a strong working relationship between the two organisations and an ongoing interest in using evidence that falls outwith the recognised hierarchy for develop guidelines. Roberta is a member of the Technical Advisory Group for the EU funded Project on a Framework for Rating Evidence in Public Health (PRECEPT) which aims to define a methodology for evaluating and grading evidence and strength of recommendations in the field of infectious disease epidemiology, prevention and control.

Roberta is member of the  of the G-I-N Updating Guidelines steering group and has an interest developing methods of  keeping guidelines current whilst making best use of scare resources. She is also a member of the Implementation working group, which aims to progress the science of guideline implementation by generating knowledge and associated outputs/products on how to plan, undertake, enable and evaluate guideline implementation.

Roberta started her career as a research scientist after undergraduate and post graduate study at Edinburgh University and prior to joining SIGN spent 10 years as a research scientist at the Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit in Edinburgh, the Roslin Institute and the Cancer Research UK labs at the University of Edinburgh.


Marguerite Koster

Marguerite Koster, MA, MFT

Senior Manager, Evidence-Based Medicine Services Unit

Kaiser Permanente, Southern California Permanente Medical Group

Marguerite Koster, MA, MFT is the Senior Manager of the Evidence-Based Medicine Services Unit, Southern California Permanente Medical Group. In this position, she manages a staff of evidence specialists and project managers who systematically review and critically appraise scientific evidence in support of Kaiser Permanente Southern California's clinical practice guideline, medical technology assessment, and health system implementation programs. For the past 25 years, Marguerite has been actively involved in the advancement of evidence-based medicine and methodology standards for guideline development and technology assessment at Kaiser Permanente's national and regional levels.

Marguerite has a long history of collaboration with other healthcare organizations, medical and professional societies, systematic reviewers, accreditation bodies and public policy groups. She was a member of the Institute of Medicine's (IOM) Committee on Standards for Systematic Reviews of Comparative Effectiveness Research which published the landmark report, Finding What Works in Health Care: Standards for Systematic Reviews, and a reviewer of the IOM Report, Clinical Practice Guidelines We Can Trust.  She is currently a member of the Cochrane Governing Board, and is the Immediate Past Chair of the Guidelines International Network/North America (G-I-N/NA). She has served on expert panels for The Joint Commission (Osteoporosis) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, including the PCORI Dissemination and Implementation Toolkit, Integrating Multiple Data Sources for Meta-Analysis to Improve Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (MUDS); and By Consumers, for Consumers: Building Capacity and Partnerships to Enhance Patient-centeredness. 

Her major professional interests include methods for synthesizing evidence, evidence grading systems, collaborative guideline development and implementation, health technology assessment, knowledge translation, evidence-based implementation, and integration of evidence-based clinical content into electronic health systems.


Christine Laine

Christine Laine, MD, MPH

Christine Laine, MD, MPH is Editor-in-Chief of Annals of Internal Medicine. She is board-certified in internal medicine and remains active in patient care and teaching at Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University. She is also a Senior Vice President at the American College of Physicians.

Dr. Laine graduated, with a double major in biology and writing, from Hamilton College in Clinton, N.Y. She received her medical degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook, and completed residency training in internal medicine at The New York Hospital (Cornell University), and a fellowship in general internal medicine and clinical epidemiology at Beth Israel Hospital (Harvard University). Dr. Laine earned her master of public health degree, with a concentration in quantitative methods and clinical epidemiology, at Harvard University.

Dr. Laine is active in the world of medical journalism and holds leadership positions in the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, the Council of Science Editors, and the World Association of Medical Editors. She has been instrumental in the development of editorial policy about issues such as authorship, conflicts of interest, transparent reporting of research, and clinical trial data sharing.

Gillian Leng

Gillian Leng

Gillian Leng is the Deputy Chief Executive at NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, and a visiting professor at King’s College London.

Gillian trained in medicine at Leeds, and then spent several years researching the epidemiology of peripheral vascular disease at Edinburgh University. She was involved in the Cochrane Collaboration as it first became established, and still contributes as an editor to the EPOC Group (Effective Practice and Organisation of Care). She specialised in public health medicine, and worked as a consultant before moving to NICE in 2001.

At NICE, Gillian has been responsible for the initial set up and running of the clinical guidelines programme, for establishing the NICE implementation function, and for setting up NHS Evidence. More recently she has been responsible for establishing the NICE accreditation programme, to accredit the process of guidelines developed by third parties, and for establishing a guideline development function in social care. Gillian is also responsible for the NICE programme of indicator development, to support national initiatives to measure and monitor improvements in care.

Gillian is also involved in other national initiatives, including sitting on the English National Quality Board and the Leadership and Improvement Board. She is also actively involved in research into guideline implementation and quality improvement at King’s College, London. She is the editor of a textbook published in 2014: ‘Achieving high quality care: experiences from NICE’.

Hector Pardo

Hector Pardo

Héctor Pardo-Hernández has a chemistry and biology degree from Rhode Island College (USA), Master’s degree in Public Health from New York University (USA), and PhD candidate in Public Health at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (Spain).

He is a researcher at the Iberoamerican Cochrane Centre, Methodological Editor at the Cochrane Common Mental Disorders Group, and Lecturer at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Héctor is a member of several GRADE and Guidelines International Network (G-I-N) working groups, with research interests in guideline updating and the incorporation of patients and other stakeholders’ values and preferences in guideline development, among others.

He is also a co-investigator in several competitive projects at a national and international level.


Amir Qaseem

Amir Qaseem, MD, PhD, MHA, FACP

Vice President, Clinical Policy and Center for Evidence Reviews, American College of Physicians, Philadelphia, USA

Past Chair, Current Trustee, Guidelines International Network, Scotland, UK

Adjunct Faculty, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA

Dr. Qaseem is responsible for leading the American College of Physicians' evidence-based medicine and clinical practice guidelines program, oldest program in the United States, including writing of the clinical guidelines, and overseeing the College’s Clinical Guidelines Committee. Dr Qaseem is also in charge of directing the ACP's physician performance measurement program and is responsible for ACP’s Performance Measurement Committee. He is also chairperson of the High Value Care Task Force evaluating and publishing the benefits, harms, and costs of various overused, misused, and underused diagnostic tests and therapeutic interventions. Dr. Qaseem’s work includes development and implementation of ACP’s quality improvement and educational programs.

Dr. Qaseem is also involved in several international collaborations to develop joint clinical guidelines and improve quality of care across different countries. Dr. Qaseem has published over a hundred papers in the top 5 medical journals in the world including clinical practice guidelines, implementation of clinical guidelines, quality improvement, performance measurement, and health policy related issues. Some of the papers authored by Dr. Qaseem are in the top ten most read articles in the Annals of Internal Medicine. Dr. Qaseem has been invited to speak and has presented at several national and international conferences on issues related to health policy, evidence-based medicine, guideline development, guideline and evidence grading, performance measurement, and quality of care.

Dr. Qaseem is on governance boards and committees of various national and international organizations that includes World Health Organization (WHO), National Quality Forum (NQF), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Measures Application Partnership, GRADE Working Group, Guidelines International Network (G-I-N), and American Medical Association PCPI.


Per Olav Vandvik

Per Olav Vandvik

Per Olav Vandvik is associate professor at the Department of Health Management and Health Economics, University of Oslo, Norway. He is also researcher at the Norwegian Knowledge Centre for the Health Services in Oslo and acting consultant at the Department of Medicine, Lovisenberg Diaconal Hospital.

Dr. Vandvik spends most of his time heading a team dedicated to develop innovative solutions for providing clinicians and patients with trustworthy evidence summaries, guidelines and decision aids at the point of care ( More lately his work includes wide international collaboration to develop a Digital and Trustworthy Evidence Ecosystem. Dr. Vandvik is a G-I-N Board of Trustees member and also a recognized teacher in evidence-based medicine and guideline methodology for clinicians and decision-makers in health care. He co-chaired the scientific committee for the Global Evidence Summit 2017.


Naohito Yamaguchi

Naohito Yamaguchi

Prof. Naohito Yamaguchi graduated from Keio University School of Medicine, Japan, in 1978, and started his career as researcher in epidemiology and public health. 

Currently, he works as Director, Executive Board Member, Japan Council for Quality Health Care, where he is in charge of EBM Promotion Project, Minds.  Minds is providing the national guideline library to clinical practitioners as well as patients and public. 

He is now serving as the Chair of G-I-N Asia, which is the regional network of countries in Asia participating in the Guideline International Network (G-I-N).  He is also Professor and Chair, Department of Public Health, School of Medicine, Tokyo Women’s Medical University.

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