Staff and editors at the Chile satellite

Tomas Pantoja, Co-ordinating editor

Tomas is a family physician with MSc in Health Management from the Imperial College Management School (London) and MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care from the University of Oxford. Currently he is Associate Professor at the Department of Family Medicine of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC) where he teaches evidence-based health care and research methodology (evidence synthesis methods) to family medicine residents and undergraduate students. He is an editor with the Cochrane Effective Practice and Organisation of Care (EPOC) Group, a convenor with the Cochrane Qualitative and Implementation Methods group, and since 2017 he is also a member of the Scientific Committee of the Cochrane Collaboration advising the Collaboration in relation to emerging methodological issues in Cochrane reviews. He has led a number of projects related with the methodology of systematic reviews in health policy and systems research and knowledge translation strategies.

Dr Cristian A. Herrera, Editor

Cristian holds a MD from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC), a MBA from Universidad de Chile, and a MSc Public Policy and Administration from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Between 2010 and 2011 he worked as primary care physician and advisor in the Department of Primary Healthcare of the Municipality of Santiago, and was member of the Health Experts Committee of the Chilean Association of Municipalities. Since 2012, he has worked as an Associate Researcher at the Department of Public Health of the UC and since 2016 he has been an Associate Editor of the Cochrane EPOC Group. Between 2014 and early 2016, he was advisor to the Minister of Health of Chile. Between 2016 and early 2018, Dr Herrera was Head of the Division of Health Planning of the Ministry of Health of Chile and also took the position of Acting Vice-Minister of Public Health several times. Since 2018, he is health policy analyst in the Health Division of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, France.

Gabriel Rada, Editor

Gabriel is a physician and Internal Medicine specialist who graduated from the Medical School of UC (2001). He was one of the founders of the Evidence-based Healthcare Program at the UC in 2001, and has been the director since 2013. He is also co-founder, president and CEO of the Epistemonikos foundation, a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to bring independent, high quality information closer to everyone making health decisions through the use of information technologies. He leads projects in the use of information and communication technologies (ICT) in Evidence-Based Health Care and is currently working on technologies that combine machine and human collaborative efforts to generate knowledge, multilingual platforms for decision-makers, and automation of systematic reviews. He is director of Cochrane Chile, conducts systematic reviews on different topics and provides methodological support to other reviewers in the region. He is also an editor with the Cochrane EPOC Group, and member of the GRADE working group.

Luis Ortiz-Muñoz, Managing editor

Luis is a physiotherapist. He is the methodological coordinator of the UC Evidence Center (Centro Evidencia UC). He teaches research methodology classes (including database search, evidence synthesis methods, and GRADE) for undergraduate students and on the Graduate Diploma in Evidence-Based Medicine at the UC School of Medicine. Since 2017 he has participated in Cochrane activities. He was a member of the Local Organizations Committee of the Cochrane Colloquium 2019. He is a collaborator of the Epistemonikos Foundation evidence synthesis project and associate editor of the biomedical journal Medwave.

Macarena Morel, Information specialist

Macarena is a librarian with an undergraduate degree in Documentation Sciences and a postgraduate Diploma in Evidence-Based Medicine. She is currently the Information Scientist of the UC Evidence Centre where she runs searches for preparing evidence summaries and trainees health professionals to conduct efficient searches of the health literature. She is currently participating in the emerging network of information specialists of the Iberoamerican Cochrane network.