Rapid Reviews Methods Group - Co-convenors

Chantelle Garritty BA, DSC, MSc 

Chantelle Garritty is the Senior Operations Manager for the Ottawa Methods Centre (OMC) and Scientific Lead of the Rapid Reviews Program, which are based at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute (OHRI), Ottawa, Canada.  Chantelle has nearly 20 years of experience managing national and international research endeavors; and has been involved in guiding various knowledge synthesis projects and programs. Since 2011, she has been leading the Rapid Reviews portfolio at OHRI working closely with several health care decision-making organizations providing rapid review services as well as training and education on rapid review methodology. Previous international research endeavours include having worked for the Cochrane Collaboration Back Review Group, Institute for Work & Health in Toronto and the WHO Collaborating Centre Task Force on Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (University of Saskatchewan/Karolinksa Institute, Sweden). Chantelle has completed graduate degrees in both Clinical Psychology and in Public Health from the University of Toronto. She is currently completing her doctoral studies at the University of Split, School of Medicine (Translational Research in Biomedicine program) in Croatia. 

Gerald Gartlehner MD, MPH

Gerald Gartlehner is the Director of Cochrane Austria and the Associate Director of the RTI-International – University of North Carolina Evidence-based Practice Center in the United States. Dr. Gartlehner’s main professional interests concern comparative efficacy and safety of medications and advanced methodology for synthesizing bodies of evidence and for dealing with problems of heterogeneity, applicability, and strength of evidence.  He participates in national and international methods groups that strive to advance the field of systematic reviews (e.g., GRADE Working Group). Dr Gartlehner holds two European Board certifications (family medicine; emergency medicine); he is also a clinical epidemiologist.

Valerie King MD, MPH

Valerie King is the Director of Research for the Center for Evidence-based Policy at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). She oversees research methods and a variety of health services, clinical evidence, and policy implementation research projects. She is a Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine and Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). From 2005 through 2008 she was the Associate Director of AHRQ’s Eisenberg Clinical Decisions and Communications Science Center at OHSU, part of AHRQ’s Comparative Effectiveness Program. She has authored, and served as an advisory panel member and peer reviewer for multiple AHRQ Evidence-based Practice Center evidence reports. A cum laude graduate of the School of Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC), she also completed residency training in both Family Medicine and Preventive Medicine and a Master’s degree in Epidemiology at UNC. From 1995 through 1997 she was a Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholar at UNC and completed the Robert Wood Johnson Generalist Faculty Scholars fellowship in 2007 with a focus on maternity health policy. An Atlantic Fellow in Public Policy at the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit at Oxford University from 1998 to 1999, she studied maternity services, health policy, and systematic review methodology. She is actively involved with the Cochrane Collaboration and is a co-convener of the Rapid Review Method Group. Valerie maintains a consulting and teaching clinical practice devoted to women’s health, maternal and newborn care.

Chris Kamel MSc

Chris Kame joined CADTH in 2011 and has managed the CADTH Rapid Response Service program for four years. Chris has experience with rapid reviews, systematic reviews, and health technology assessment with a focus on medical devices, diagnostics, and procedures.  He has an MSc in Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa.

Adrienne Stevens MSc

Adrienne Stevens is a Clinical Research Manager at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Canada and Scientific Lead of the Ottawa Evidence Review Centre for the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care. She has 15 years of experience with systematic reviews, led Cochrane Canada’s author training program, and is an Associate Editor with the journal Systematic Reviews.  She has been involved with rapid reviews for several years and is undertaking her doctoral work in relation to rapid reviews and reporting.