Board of Trustees

Officers, Trustees, and Staff
History of Board and Trustees


Lisa Prosser, PhD

President (2019 - 2020)
Professor, Pediatrics & Health Management; Policy Assistant Dean for Research Faculty, Medical School
University of Michigan, USA

Natasha Stout, PhD

President-Elect (2019 - 2020)
Assistant Professor in Population Medicine
Harvard Medical School, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, USA

Heather Taffet Gold, PhD

Past President (2019 - 2020)
Professor of Population Health, Medicine, and Health Policy
New York University School of Medicine, USA

Mary Politi, PhD

Vice President (2019 - 2020)
Washington University in St. Louis, Division of Public Health Sciences, Department of Surgery, USA

Beate Jahn, PhD

Vice President-Elect (2019 - 2020)
Senior Scientist and Head of Program of Personalized Medicine
University for Health Sciences, Medical Informatics and Technology, Austria

Ava John-Baptiste, PhD

Secretary-Treasurer (2019 - 2021)
Assistant Professor
Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University, Canada

J. Robert Beck, MD

Historian (2019 - 2024)
Deputy Director, Chief Academic and Administrative Officer
Fox Chase Cancer Center, USA


Fernando Alarid-Escudero, PhD

Trustee (2018 - 2021)
Assistant Professor
Drug Policy Program, Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE) - CONACyT, Mexico

Esther de Bekker-Grob, PhD

Trustee (2018 - 2021)
Erasmus University - Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Jesse Jansen, PhD

Trustee (2019 - 2022)
Associate Professor
Maastricht University, The Netherlands

Ankur Pandya, PhD

Trustee (2019 - 2022)
Assistant Professor of Health Decision Science
Harvard School of Public Health, USA

Victoria Shaffer, PhD

Trustee (2018 - 2021)
Associate Professor
University of Missouri, USA

Joanna Siegel, SM, ScD

Trustee (2017 - 2020)
Director, Dissemination and Implementation
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI), USA

Torbjørn Wisløff, PhD

Trustee (2017 - 2020)
Senior Researcher
UiT - The Arctic University of Norway, Norway

Holly Witteman, PhD

Trustee (2017 - 2020)
Associate Professor
Université Laval (Laval University), Canada

Davene Wright, PhD

Trustee (2019 - 2022)
Assistant Professor
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, USA

Editorial Office

Alan Schwartz, PhD

Editor in Chief, Medical Decision Making and Medical Decision Making Policy & Practice
Associate Professor, Clinical Decision Making; Director of Research
University of Illinois, Chicago, USA

Rebecca J. Fiala

Editorial Manager, Medical Decision Making
University of Illinois, Chicago, USA

Ellen G. Engelhardt, PhD

Editor in Chief, SMDM e-newsletter
Postdoctoral Researcher, Division of Psychosocial Research and Epidemiology and Division of Molecular Pathology
Netherlands Cancer Institute, The Netherlands

Aisha Langford, PhD

Deputy Editor, SMDM e-newsletter
Assistant Professor of Population Health Division of Comparative Effectiveness and Decision Science
New York University Grossman School of Medicine, USA


Diane Nickolson

Executive Director
Society for Medical Decision Making, USA

Amanda Wefing

Association Manager
Society for Medical Decision Making

Damien Salamacha

Marketing and Communications Coordinator
Society for Medical Decision Making

Cara Pestorius

Senior Meeting Planner
Society for Medical Decision Making

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