ICER Senior Management

Steven D. Pearson, MD, MSc

President

Steven D. Pearson, MD, MSc is the Founder and President of the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER), an independent non-profit organization that evaluates the evidence on the value of medical tests, treatments, and delivery system innovations to encourage …

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Sarah K. Emond, MPP

Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

With nearly 20 years of experience in the business and policy of health care, Sarah leads the strategic planning and operations of ICER as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  In that role, she is responsible for overseeing ICER’s …

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Daniel A. Ollendorf, PhD

Chief Scientific Officer

Dan Ollendorf has been the Chief Scientific Officer for the Institute of Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) since 2007.  In this role, he is responsible for the conduct of systematic reviews of the comparative effectiveness of high impact health care …

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David Rind, MD, MSc

Chief Medical Officer

David is Chief Medical Officer for the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review. In this capacity, David is responsible for leading teams conducting analyses and critical appraisals of medical evidence across a wide range of clinical interventions. David also has …

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David Whitrap, BA, BES

Vice President of Communications and Outreach

David Whitrap joined ICER in 2017 as the Vice President of Communications and Outreach. Helping build nationwide awareness of ICER’s mission and work, David oversees the organization’s media relations and government affairs. Over the past 17 years, David has directed …

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ICER Staff

Ellie Adair, MPA

Program Manager

Ellie Adair joined ICER in August of 2018 as Program Manager for ICER’s Midwest CEPAC. Prior to coming to ICER, Ellie was the Director of Membership for the Network for Excellence in Health Innovation (NEHI), a national health policy think …

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Foluso Agboola, MBBS, MPH

Director, Evidence Synthesis

As Director, Evidence Synthesis at ICER, Foluso is responsible for conducting rigorous analyses and critical appraisals of published medical evidence as well as managing the work of other members of the evidence synthesis team. With extensive background in evaluation research and …

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Beverly Andrade, MBA

Manager of Operations

As Manager of Operations for ICER, Beverly brings over 15 years of non-profit management experience in a range of health-related areas including: supporting individuals with disabilities through the use of assistive technology, working with cancer patients to ensure access to …

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Holly Andrews, BS

Executive Assistant to the President and Senior Management Team

Holly joined ICER in 2016 as the Executive Assistant to the President and Senior Management Team and provides critical administrative support. Prior to joining ICER, Holly worked in higher education for over 20 years, including 13 years at Boston University in the Dean’s …

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Anita Chan, MST

Finance Director

Anita joined the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review as Finance Director in 2017.  In her role, she manages ICER’s financial operations in support of its mission. With over fifteen years of experience in non-profit finance, Anita developed policies and …

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Rick Chapman, PhD, MS

Director of Health Economics

As Director of Health Economics at ICER, Rick directs the development of economic evaluations to accompany rigorous reviews of clinical evidence, assessing the potential costs, cost-effectiveness, and budgetary impact of a wide range of diagnostic, prognostic, therapeutic and other clinical …

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Laura Cianciolo, BA

Program and Event Coordinator

Laura joined ICER as a Program and Event Coordinator in April 2018. She provides programmatic and logistical support to the institute’s core initiatives. Before joining ICER, Laura was the Executive Assistant at the Vilcek Foundation in New York, NY, where …

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Bill Dreitlein, PharmD, BCPS

Director of Pharmaceutical Intelligence

As Director of Pharmaceutical Intelligence, Bill brings 23 years of healthcare experience to his support of ICER’s new drug assessment program through horizon scanning, landscape assessment and pipeline analysis. Before joining ICER, Bill was Portfolio Lead, Market Access Solutions at …

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Alexandra Ellis, PhD, MSc, AM

Senior Scientist

Alexandra joined the ICER team in 2017 as a Senior Scientist. In this role, Alexandra leads teams conducting rigorous analyses and critical appraisals of published medical evidence. She also supports methodological developments for both economic evaluations and systematic reviews. Prior …

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Katherine Fazioli, BS

Research Assistant

Katherine Fazioli joined ICER in 2017 as a research assistant. Katherine graduated from Emmanuel College with a Bachelor of Science in Biostatistics and a minor in Economics and has experience working as a Research Assistant at both Harvard Medical School …

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Serina Herron-Smith, BA

Research Assistant

Serina joined ICER as a research assistant in 2018. In this role, Serina uses her background in sociology, research, and economics to support literature reviews and screen studies. Serina graduated from the University of Massachusetts Boston with a degree in …

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Varun Kumar, MBBS, MPH, MSc

Health Economist

In his role as health economist at ICER, Varun oversees and develops economic evaluations that assess cost-effectiveness, budget impact, and monetary value of a wide range of health technologies, treatments, and interventions in the United States health care landscape. Prior …

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Kristin Mickle, MPH

Research Lead, Evidence Synthesis

Kristin joined ICER’s research team in 2017. As a Research Associate, she conducts systematic reviews of the comparative effectiveness of emerging health technologies. Prior to joining ICER, Kristin worked as an independent consultant writing literature reviews and publications to support …

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Madeline O'Grady, BS

Program and Event Coordinator

Madeline joined ICER as a Program and Event Coordinator in 2018. In this role, she provides programmatic and logistical support for ICER’s core programs. Before joining ICER, Madeline was active in the global health sphere. She served the US Peace …

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Ifeoma Otuonye, MPH

Research Lead, Evidence Synthesis

In 2017, Ifeoma joined the ICER team as a Research Associate. In her role, she conducts systematic reviews on the available clinical evidence for the comparative effectiveness of medical treatments and other interventions. She came to ICER after working as …

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Sumeyye Samur, PhD, MS

Health Economist

Sumeyye Samur joined the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) as a health economist in July 2018. In her role, she develops models that look at the clinical and economic evaluations of the drug and nondrug treatments and interventions …

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Celia Segel, MPP

Director of Comparative Effectiveness Research Policy Development

Celia serves as the Director of CER Policy Development. In this capacity, Celia supports all ICER Membership activities. Celia joined ICER in Spring 2016, leading the New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council. Prior to her time at ICER, Celia …

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Matt Seidner, BS

Program Director

Matt joined ICER as a Program Coordinator in 2014, and became Program Director in 2018. He provides logistical support to the institute at-large and to the California Technology Assessment Forum, one of ICER’s key initiatives. Before joining the ICER team, …

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Patricia Synnott, MALD, MS

Senior Research Lead, Evidence Synthesis

Patricia joined the research team at ICER in 2014.  As a Research Lead, Patricia conducts systematic reviews and meta-analyses of the comparative effectiveness of emerging health technologies.  Prior to joining ICER, Patricia was active in the international development sphere.  She …

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Milon Waththuhewa , MSc, PharmD

Program Manager

Milon joined ICER in April 2018 as a Program Manager. In this role, Milon is responsible for the planning and execution of New England CEPAC, one of ICER’s three core programs. Before joining the ICER team, Milon was an International …

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