Scientific Advisory Board
MDCalc’s Scientific Advisory Board represents elite leaders in academic evidence-based medicine and clinical decision support. These pioneers of medicine have changed practice with their research and clinical work, improving care and outcomes for countless patients worldwide. Board members provide strategic guidance that helps to shape MDCalc’s goals and vision, on an invitation-only, voluntary basis.
Barbra Backus, MD, PhD
Barbra Backus, MD, PhD, is a resident in emergency medicine at Medical Center The Hague in The Hague, Netherlands, and creator of the HEART Score for Major Cardiac Events. She worked as a junior cardiologist with Dr. Jacob Six prior to her work on the influential HEART studies. Dr. Backus's primary research focus is on risk stratification of ACS. She has an active online presence on Twitter.
Calculators created: HEART Score
Robert Balk, MD
Robert Balk, MD, is a practicing physician and professor of pulmonary disease and critical care medicine at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. He also serves as director of the pulmonary and critical care medicine division. Dr. Balk has published extensively in critical care literature and is an international expert on sepsis and SIRS.
Calculators created: SIRS & Sepsis Criteria
Robert Centor, MD
Robert Centor, MD, is the retired regional dean for the Huntsville Regional Medical Center and professor in the general internal medicine division at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He has published widely in the diagnosis and management of adult sore throats and is Chair Emeritus of the Board of Regents for the American College of Physicians. Dr. Centor has an active social media presence and has been writing his blog, medrants.com, since 2002.
Calculators created: Centor Score (Modified/McIsaac)
Jerome Hoffman, MD
Jerome Hoffman, MD, is a practicing physician at UCLA, where he is a professor of medicine and emergency medicine and has been on full-time faculty since 1979. Dr. Hoffman is well-known as a critic of the evidence behind some widely-accepted practices such as thrombolysis in stroke. He has been featured in This American Life, Mother Jones, and various online emergency medicine publications. He was voted one of the Heroes of Emergency Medicine by the American College of Emergency Physicians.
Calculators created: NEXUS C-Spine Rule
Nathan Kuppermann, MD, MPH
Nathan Kuppermann, MD, MPH, is a professor of emergency medicine and pediatrics and the Bo Tomas Brofeldt Endowed Chair of Emergency Medicine at the University of California, Davis. He is the principal investigator of the Pediatric Emergency Care Applied Research Network (PECARN) and chair of the global executive committee of the Pediatric Emergency Research Network (PERN). Dr. Kuppermann has co-authored hundreds of papers in peer-reviewed journals in pediatric emergency medicine.
Gregory Lip, MD
Gregory Lip, MD, is an academic clinical cardiologist in Birmingham, England, where he is also a professor of cardiovascular medicine and director of the Haemostasis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology Unit. He also holds multiple honorary professorships internationally. Dr. Lip is one of the world’s leading experts in risk stratification of atrial fibrillation, with his research directly informing the widely-used CHA2DS2-Vasc and HAS-BLED Scores.
Calculators created: CHA₂DS₂-VASc Score
Steven Stack, MD, MBA
Steven Stack, MD, MBA, is a past president of the American Medical Association, the youngest person to hold the position since 1854, and its first emergency physician president. He has served as medical director of multiple emergency departments and is presently a TeamHealth affiliated physician in Lexington, Kentucky. Dr. Stack is a leader in advancing health information technology and has served on numerous advisory boards including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, eHealth Initiative, and as chair of the AMA’s Health Information Technology Advisory Group.
Ian Stiell, MD, MSc, FRCPC
Ian Stiell, MD, MSc, FRCPC, is a distinguished professor in the department of emergency medicine at the University of Ottawa. He also serves as chair of the department and leads the Ian Stiell research group. Dr. Stiell is a key proponent of evidence-based medicine and has created or co-created multiple widely-used decision rules in the field of emergency medicine, including the Canadian CT Head Rule, Ottawa Ankle Rule, Canadian Syncope Risk Score, Ottawa Subarachnoid Hemorrhage Rule, and others.
Sir Graham Teasdale, MBBS
Sir Graham Teasdale, MBBS, is the co-creator of the Glasgow Coma Scale. He is the immediate past president of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow and the Society of British Neurological Surgeons. He was knighted in 2006 for his contributions to neurosurgery and evaluation and management of head injury. Sir Teasdale is retired from clinical practice but still maintains an active interest in research in traumatic brain injury.
Judith Tintinalli, MD
Judith Tintinalli, MD, MS, FACEP, is editor-in-chief of the eponymous Tintinalli's Emergency Medicine series, the most widely-used and well-known emergency medicine textbook. She is Chairman Emeritus and a professor in the department of emergency medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and also holds multiple associate and adjunct professorships. Dr. Tintinalli is one of the founders of the Emergency Medicine Residents' Association (EMRA) and has been named a Hero of Emergency Medicine by the American College of Emergency Physicians.