Division of General Internal Medicine

Holger Schünemann

MD (Hanover, Germany), MSc (Buffalo), PhD (Buffalo)

Professor and Chair, Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Michael Gent Chair in Healthcare Research

Professor of Medicine

American Thoracic Society, Documents Editor

Editor-in-chief, BMC Health and Quality of Life Outcomes

Associate Professor, University at Buffalo, Department of Medicine

Member, CLARITY (Clinical Advances through Research and Information Translation)

Administrative Assistant: Ruth Cole
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Academic Interests

Dr. Schünemann has assumed to role of chair of the department on February 1, 2009. He is a member of the CLARITY group at McMaster University where he conducts research about guideline development, systematic reviews and health related quality of life. He is a member of the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) working group. This international working group developed a common grading system for evaluating the quality of evidence and strength of recommendations for recommendations in health care. He is co-convenor of the Applicability and Recommendations Methods Group of the Cochrane Collaboration.   

Selected Publications

  1. Schünemann HJ, Hill S,  Kakad M, Vist G, Bellamy R, Stockman L, Wisloff T, Del Mar C, Shindo N, Fukuda K, Hayden F, Uyeki T, Farrar Yazdanpanah Y, Zucker H, Beigel J, Chotpitayasunondh T, Hien TT, Ozbay B, Sugaya N, Oxman, AD. Transparent Development of the WHO Rapid Advice Guidelines. PLoS Medicine 4(5):e119, 2007
  2. Schünemann HJ, Hill S,  Kakad M, Bellamy R, Uyeki T, Hayden F, Yazdanpanah Y, Beigel J, Chotpitayasunondh T, Del Mar C, Farrar J, Tran TH, Özbay B, Sugaya N, Fukuda K, Shindo N, Stockman L, Vist G, Croisier A, Nagjdaliyev A, Roth C, Thompson G, Zucker H, Oxman, AD. WHO Rapid Advice Guidelines for the pharmacological management of sporadic human infection with avian influenza A (H5N1) virus. The Lancet Infectious Disease 7(1):21-31, 2007
  3. Guyatt GH, Oxman AD, Vist GE, Kunz R, Falck-Ytter Y, Alonso-Coello P, Schünemann HJ. GRADE: An Emerging Consensus on Rating Quality of Evidence and Strength of Recommendations. BMJ 26;336(7650):924-6, 2008
  4. Guyatt GH, Oxman AD, Kunz R, Jaeschke R, Helfand M, Vist GE, Schünemann HJ. Grading Recommendations: Incorporating considerations of resources use. BMJ 24;336(7654):1170-3, 2008
  5. Guyatt GH, Oxman AD, Kunz R, Falck-Ytter Y, Vist GE, Liberati A, Schünemann HJ. Going from evidence to recommendations. BMJ 336(7652):1049-51, 2008
  6. Schünemann HJ, Oxman AD, Brozek J, Glasziou P, Jaeschke R, Vist G, Williams J, Kunz R, Craig J, Montori V, Bossuyt P, Guyatt GH. GRADEing the quality of evidence and strength of recommendations for diagnostic tests and strategies. BMJ 336;1106-1110, 2008
  7. Guyatt GH, Oxman AD, Kunz R, Vist GE, Falck-Ytter Y, Schünemann HJ. What is ‘quality of evidence’ and why is it important to clinicians? BMJ 336;995-998, 2008
  8. Schünemann HJ, Cook D, Guyatt G. Methodology for Antithrombotic and Thrombolytic Therapy Guideline Development: American College of Chest Physicians Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guidelines (8th Edition). Chest 133: 113S–122S, 2008
  9. Akl EA, Kamath G, Sperati F, Kim SY, Yosuico V, Barba M, Cook DJ, Schünemann HJ. Low Molecular Weight Heparin versus Unfractionated Heparin for perioperative thromboprophylaxis in patients with cancer: a systematic review. Archives of Internal Medicine 23;168(12):1261-9, 2008
  10. Schünemann HJ, Woodhead M, Anzueto A, Buist S, MacNee W, Rabe K, Heffner J. A vision statement on guideline development for respiratory disease: the example of COPD. The Lancet (in press)

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