Stephen Birch was one of CHEPA's longest-serving members. After retiring from McMaster University, he moved to Queensland, Australia, to become the Taylor Chair and Centre Director of the University of Queensland Centre for the Business and Economics of Health. While at McMaster, he received the Faculty of Health Sciences Rose Levy Rosenstadt Award and a research scholarship award under Health Canada's National Health Research and Development Program. He received his doctorate in economics at the University of York in the United Kingdom. He has more than 200 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. In the 2011 World Bank rankings of health economics researchers, he was ranked equal 1st in Canada and equal 35th in the world based on the volume and impact of his publications.
Mita Giacomini is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence, and Impact (HEI) at McMaster University and a member of CHEPA. She led the development of McMaster's Health Policy PhD program and previously served as its Director. She holds graduate degrees in health services and policy analysis, history of medicine and public health. Her publications have addressed topics including health policy ethics, political reasoning in health technology assessment, health resource allocation, values in evaluation and policy-making, interdisciplinarity and uses of qualitative evidence in health care. Giacomini has provided consultation and service to local, provincial, national and international health agencies in related areas.
Brian Hutchison became a member of CHEPA in 1998, and served as its director from 2002 until his retirement in 2005. He joined McMaster University in 1975, and is a professor emeritus in the departments of family medicine and clinical epidemiology and biostatistics.
Jonathan Lomas is co-founder of CHEPA and was the centre’s co-ordinator from 1991 until 1996. He then moved to Ottawa to become Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation -- a nationally endowed organization founded in 1997 to support evidence-informed decision-making in the health sector. An Officer of the Order of Canada, Lomas has been called “the Godfather of knowledge translation” by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Greg Stoddart, who co-founded CHEPA with Jonathan Lomas, and served as its co-ordinator from 1988 to 1990, has made numerous significant contributions to the field of health policy. He joined McMaster University in 1976, and retired in early 2008.
George Torrance, a founding member of CHEPA, is a world leader in economic evaluation of medical treatments and health services, and was the first researcher at McMaster University to study in this field. He joined the University in 1967, and fulfilled various roles for the next 30 years, including a term as dean of the DeGroote School of Business.
Christel Woodward joined CHEPA as an associate member in 1988, and became a member in 1997. She retired from CHEPA and McMaster University in 2005.
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