Industry-Independent Experts

Journalists Shannon Brownlee and Jeanne Lenzer explain in the BMJ how journalists often forget that conflicts of interest may bias the opinions of their expert sources. So they compiled a list of more than 100 independent health care experts to whom reporters can turn. We host that list on our site.

Members of our list of independent experts state that they do not have financial ties to drug or medical device manufacturers. Interested journalists seeking access to the complete list with contact information, please submit a Request Form. Once approved, you will receive access to a spreadsheet with contact information for the individuals listed.

Abramson John MD MS Harvard Medical School
Angell Marcia MD former editor-in-chief of The New England Journal of Medicine
Antonuccio David PhD Professor, Dept.of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Nevada
Atlas Steven MD, MPH Massachusetts General Hospital
Bacon Linda Ph.D., M.A., M.A. University of California, Davis; City College of San Francisco
Barry Michael J MD Foundation for Informed Medical Decision Making
Bassett Ken MD, PhD Universitiy of British Columbia
Bero Lisa PhD Professor, UCSF
Bezruchka Stephen MD, MPH Population Health Forum
Bloomfield Hanna MD, MPH Professor of Medicine, University of Minnesota; Co-chief, General Internal Medicine, Minneapolis VA Medical Center; Director, Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research, Minneapolis VAMC
Breggin Peter R MD Director, Center for the Study of Empathic Therapy, Education and Living (a 501-C3)
Brewer Phil MD University Medical Director, Quinnipiac University; Past Medical Safety Fellow, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Brezis Mayer MD, MPH Professor of Medicine, Hadassah – Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Brody Howard MD, PhD University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
Brown David L MD Stony Brook University Medical Center
Brown Steven MD Banner Health
Calman Neil MD Professor of Clinical Family Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Yeshiva University; Institute for Family Health
Carlat Daniel J MD Carlat Publishing, LLC
Carlson Karen MD Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Cassels Alan University of Victoria
Chalmers Sir Iain DSc Editor, James Lind Library, The James Lind Initiative
Cohen David PhD Florida International University
Cook-Deegan Robert MD Director, Center for Genome Ethics, Law & Policy, Duke Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy
Dachs Robert MD Ellis Medicine, Schenectady, NY
Dahr Sam MD Retina Center of Oklahoma
Davis John M. MD Gilman Professor of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago
De Vries Raymond PhD University of Michigan, University of Maastricht
Deyo Richard A MD, MPH Oregon Health and Science University
Dickersin Kay PhD Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Cochrane Collaboration
Diller Lawrence MD Private Practice, Walnut Creek California;  Associate Clinical Professor, University of California, San Francisco
Ebell Mark MD, MS The University of Georgia
Elliott Carl MD University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics
Elpern David J. MD The Skin Clinic, Williamstown, MA
Ewen Margaret Health Action International
Ford Anne Rochon Coordinator, Women and Health Protection, Toronto
Furberg Curt MD, PhD Professor of  Public Health Sciences, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Glenmullen Joseph MD Clinical instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
Goodman Robert MD Founder and  director of No Free Lunch; General internist at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx
Goozner Merrill MS editor, Modern Healthcare
Gøtzsche Peter MD Nordic Cochrane Center
Hegmann Kurt T. MD, MPH Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, University of Utah
Helm Mark MD MBA Helm Benefit Design, Inc.
Henry David MBChB, FRCP Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Toronto, Canada; University of Toronto, University of Newcastle (Australia)
Himmelstein David MD Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard
Hoffman Jerome MD Professor of Medicine Emeritus
UCLA School of Medicine
Ioannidis John P.A. MD Professor, Medicine – Stanford Prevention Research Center; Professor, Health Research & Policy
James John T PhD Patient Safety America
Juni Peter MD Head of Division, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine, University of Bern; Director, Clinical Trials Unit, Bern University Hospital.
Kim Scott MD, PhD Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Michigan
Kopes-Kerr Colin P. MD, JD, MPH Program Director and CEO, Santa Rosa Family Residency Consortium
Kramer Barry MD, MPH Director, Division of Cancer Prevention, National Cancer Institute
Kramer Peter D MD Brown University
Krimsky Sheldon PhD Tufts University & Council for Responsible Genetics
Kruszewski Stefan MD American Society of Addiction Medicine, American Psychiatric Association
Kutner Jean MD University of Colorado-Denver School of Medicine
Lacasse Jeffrey PhD Assistant Professor, Arizona State University
Lange Richard A. MD Professor of Medicine, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
Lederle Frank MD Minneapolis VA Hospital & U of Minn.
Lee Dara MD Staff Cardiologist, Presbyterian HeartGroup; Chair, Credentials Committee, Presbyterian Hospital
LeFever Gretchen PhD Sentara Healthcare
Lemmens Trudo DCL (Doctorate in Law) University of Toronto
Leo Jonathan PhD Associate Professor of Neuroanatomy
Lex Joe MD Temple University
Light Donald W PhD UMDNJ  Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania
Lippman Abby PhD McGill University
Mallon William K. MD, FACEP, FAAEM Associate ProfessorofClinical Emergency Medicine, Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California,Director: Division of International, LAC+USC Medical CenterMedicine
Mansfield Peter, R. OAM, BMBS Director, Healthy Skepticism, Inc.
Marsa Linda freelance journalist
Massion Charlea MD Center for Education in Family and Community Medicine, Stanford University School of Medicine and Board of Directors, American College of Women’s Health Physicians
Mayer Dan MD Albany Medical College
Medawar Charles Social Audit, Ltd
Miles Steve MD Professor of Medicine, Center for Bioethics, University of Minnesota
Mintzes Barbara PhD Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Sydney
Morgan Steven PhD Associate Professor and Associate Director, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia
Moynihan Ray Independent Journalist, Visiting Editor BMJ, Senior Research Fellow, Bond University
Musini Vijaya MD Assistant Professor, Dept of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology & Therapeutics, University of British Columbia & Therapeutics Initiative
Perry Thomas L. M.D., FRCPC UBC Therapeutics Initiative
Pollock Allyson M MBCHB Queen Mary, University of London
Poses Roy M MD Foundation for Integrity and Responsibility in Medicine
Prine Linda W MD Beth Israel Residency in Urban Family Practice
Psaty Bruce MD, PhD Professor, Medicine & Epidemiology, University of Washington Cardiovascular Health Research Unit
Raffle Angela BSc, MBChB, FFPH Public health physician, Bristol, UK
Rind David MD UpToDate; Harvard Medical School
Roos Noralou PhD University of Manitoba
Rosen Charles MD Univ. of CA, Irvine, School of Medicine
Rosenlicht Nicholas MD University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine
Rubin Haya MD, PhD Personal Medical Consultant; Director, Research and Evaluation, Palo Alto CA; Adjunct Professor of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University
Rubin Robert T MD, PhD VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
Sasich Larry Pharm.D., MPH Currently consultant to Saudi Food and Drug Authority
Schriger David MD MPH Professor of emergency medicine, UCLA
Schumann John MD Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago, also MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics
Schwartz Lisa MD, MS Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice
Schwitzer Gary Publisher,
Sharav Vera Mrs. Alliance for Human Research Protection
Shaughnessy Allen F PharmD, MMedEd Tufts University
Siwek Jay MD Editor, American Family Physician, Dept Family Medicine, Georgetown University
So Anthony MD, MPA Program on Global Health and Technology Access, Sanford School of Public Policy, Duke University
Solomon Robert MD, FACEP American College of Emergency Physicians; medical editor-in-chief, ACEP News; Allegheny General Hospital Emergency Medicine Residency
Spence Des general practitioner, Glasgow, and UK spokesman of No Free Lunch
Spiesel Sydney Z PhD, MD Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Yale University School of Medicine
Tiefer Leonore PhD New View Campaign
Tsai Alexander MD, PhD Harvard University
Turner Erick MD Oregon Health and Science University
Urato Adam MD Assistant Professor, Maternal & Fetal Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine, Tufts Medical Center
Washburn Jennifer journalist
Welch H. Gilbert MD, MPH Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice
Wilkes Michael MD Professor of Medicine, Director of Global Health, University of California,  Former Vice Dean of Education, former Editor in Chief Western Journal of Medicine, Davis
Wilt Timothy MD, MPH Minneapolis VA Center for Chronic Disease Outcomes Research
Wolfe Sidney MD Director, Health Research Group of Public Citizen
Woloshin Steven MD VA Outcomes Group; Associate Professor of Medicine and of Community and Family Medicine
Woolhandler Steffie MD, MPH CUNY, Harvard
Wright James MD, PhD Therapeutics Initiative
Yamey Gavin MD Evidence to Policy Initiative (E2Pi), Global Health Group, UC San Francisco


Experts with Disclosed Conflicts

This list includes experts with a variety of potential conflicts. Some of these experts have ended their industry ties – but only within the past five years. Others may have current financial conflicts of interest. These experts, despite their commercial ties, are included in the list because they have provided important insights into the inner workings of industry – effectively biting the hand that fed them in some instances –and/or because their conflicts did not limit their ability to comment in areas unrelated to the conflicts.

Barrett Bruce MD, PhD University of Wisconsin
Burstein Harold MD, PhD Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Medical oncologist, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
Campos-Outcalt Doug MD, MPA Chair, Department of Family, Community and Preventive Medicine, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Phoenix
Fugh-Berman Adriane MD Georgetown University Medical Center
Gross Cary MD Yale School of Medicine
Healy David MD Professor of Psychiatry, Cardiff University
Juredini Jon University of Adelaide
Lexchin Joel MD York University, University Health Network
Mallon William MD DTMH LAC+USC Med Ctr
Melnick Douglas MD, MPH, EJD
Patz Edward MD James and Alice Chen Professor of Radiology, Professor in Pharmacology and Cancer Biology, Duke University Medical Center
Shamoo Adil PhD University of Maryland School of Medicine
Susman Jeffrey MD Editor-in-chief, Journal of Family Practice and physician editor, UptoDate Family Practice
Weed Harrison G MD Ohio State University Medical Center
Weiss Noel S MD, DrPH Professor of Epidemiology, University of Washington
Whitehouse Peter J MD, PhD Professor, Case Western Reserve
Whittle Jeff MD VA; Medical College of Wisconsin
Wood Alastair MBChB Symphony Capital biopharmaceutical investment firm; former chair of FDA Advisory Committee on Cox-2 inhibitors