Jacob Franek, MHSc has led and authored health technology assessments, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines for high-visibility clinical, policy and financial decision-making for more than 10 years in Canada, with Cancer Care Ontario and with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and more recently in the United States with Kaiser Permanente and groups such as the American Society of Microbiology and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Across these various roles, Mr. Franek has coordinated multidisciplinary panels of experts, led internal teams of researchers and presented findings to guide high-level decision-making before diverse audiences including government, industry, senior healthcare management, clinical chiefs of service and other experts. Jacob has served as primary or corresponding author of more than 20 systematic reviews, health technology assessments, clinical practice guidelines and economic analyses in peer-reviewed or grey literature publications.

Mr. Franek is a leading methodologist with expertise in evidence-based methodology including health technology/systematic review for decision-making, GRADE and other quality evaluation systems, meta-analysis and clinical practice guideline development. He holds a Master of Health Sciences, Community Health and Epidemiology from the University of Toronto.