Elliot Abt, D.D.S., M.S., M.Sc., received his master’s degree in evidence-based health care from the University of Oxford and his dental degree and master’s degree in oral pathology from the University of Illinois. He serves on the Critical Review Panel for the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry and is a past-chair of the ADA Council on Scientific Affairs. Dr. Abt also teaches oral medicine at the University of Illinois and is on the attending staff at Illinois Masonic Medical Center.
Alonso Carrasco-Labra, D.D.S., M.Sc., Ph.D.(c), is a dentist who obtained his D.D.S. from the University of Chile. He also obtained a master's degree in clinical epidemiology from McMaster University. Currently he is a Ph.D. candidate in Health Research Methodology at the same institution, under the supervision of Dr. Gordon Guyatt. Since 2015, Dr. Carrasco-Labra has served as director of the ADA Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry. He is a member of the Cochrane Patient Reported Outcome Methods Group, Applicability and Recommendation Methods Group, Wounds Group, the Oral Health Group, and the GRADE Working Group. Dr. Carrasco-Labra is an author of a series of 10 articles published in the Journal of the American Dental Association titled “A Practical Approach to Evidence-Based Dental Practice" and is a co-author of the Users' Guide to the Medical Literature (3rd edition, JAMA).
Richard Niederman, D.M.D., M.A., is a professor and chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Health Promotion and director of the Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry at New York University College of Dentistry (NYUCD). He graduated magna cum laude from the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, where he also received his periodontal specialty training. He received his evidence-based medicine certificate at the University of Oxford and is the founding U.S. editor of the journal Evidence-Based Dentistry.
Lauren Pilcher, M.S.P.H., has been working since 2017 at the ADA, where she specializes in clinical practice guideline methodology and evidence synthesis within the Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry. She holds a master of science in public health from Meharry Medical College. While at the ADA, she has contributed to the development of systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines on topics including caries management and antibiotic use. Furthermore, she has lectured at previous ADA workshops on how to conduct a systematic review and meta-analysis and critically appraise systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines. She is a member of the Cochrane collaboration.
Malavika Tampi, M.P.H., has been working at the ADA since 2013 and acts as the lead methodologist and manager for the development of ADA clinical practice guidelines and evidence synthesis projects. In 2013, she obtained a master of public health degree from the University of Michigan and has been developing her skills in clinical epidemiology and evidence synthesis at the ADA since then. She has worked with several expert panels to develop systematic reviews, guidelines, and policies on topics including oral cancer, dental caries, antibiotic use, and cardiovascular disease. She lectures on how to practice and how to teach evidence-based dentistry to clinicians and academicians and also participates in workshops on how to develop systematic reviews and conduct meta-analysis. She is a member of the Cochrane collaboration and GRADE working group.
Olivia Urquhart, M.P.H., has been working since 2016 at the ADA, where she develops systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines for the Center for Evidence-Based Dentistry. She earned a master of public health degree in epidemiology from Emory University in 2016 and, since then, has been contributing to the growth of the Center for EBD and implementation of new methods for evidence synthesis. She specializes in statistical methods for meta-analyses and has facilitated efforts to utilize methods, including network meta-analysis and diagnostic test accuracy meta-analyses, in the center’s most recent systematic review publications. During her time at the ADA, she has worked on systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines on topics including oral cancer, caries management, and antibiotic use. Additionally, she lectures to both clinicians and academicians on how to conduct and use systematic reviews. She is a member of the Cochrane collaboration and GRADE working group.
Analia Veitz-Keenan, D.D.S., is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, Radiology, and Medicine at NYUCD. She teaches evidence-based dentistry to under- and postgraduate students, as well as coordinates and teaches EBD activities for faculty. She completed her training in Evidence-Based Practice at McMaster University and at the Centre for Evidence-Based Dentistry in Oxford, England.
Robert Weyant, D.M.D., Dr.P.H., M.P.H., is associate dean of public health and outreach and professor and chair of the Department of Dental Public Health and Information Management at the University of Pittsburgh School of Dental Medicine. He is also associate professor of epidemiology in the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health. Dr. Weyant has been teaching evidence-based dentistry for more than 10 years to dental students and faculty. Dr. Weyant received his M.P.H. and his dental degree from the University of Pittsburgh and his doctorate in epidemiology from the University of Michigan.