Mark H. Ebell

Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Director, Faculty of Medical Sciences
Professor

Curriculum Vitae

Epidemiology & Biostatistics

Dr. Mark H. Ebell is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s Medical School, Family Medicine Residency, and School of Public Health. He is currently a Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the College of Public Health at the University of Georgia. Dr. Ebell is Editor-in-Chief of Essential Evidence and Deputy Editor of the journal American Family Physician. He is author of over 500 peer-reviewed articles and is author or editor of eight books, with a focus on evidence-based practice, respiratory infections, and clinical decision-making. Dr. Ebell served on the US Preventive Services Task Force from 2012 to 2015, and in 2019 was a Fulbright Scholar at the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland

Education
  • B.A., Kalamazoo College, 1983, Biology
  • M.D., University of Michigan Medical School, 1987, Medicine
  • Residency, University of Michigan Medical Center, 1990, Family Medicine
  • M.S., University of Michigan School of Public Health, 1995, Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis
More About

Dr. Ebell’s research has been cited over 16,000 times, with an h-index of 53. Dr. Ebell is also founding editor of Essential Evidence Plus, a primary care reference from Wiley-Blackwell. He is also co-founder of InfoPOEMs, a service for keeping physicians current with the medical literature. Dr. Ebell is also Deputy Editor of the American Family Physician journal, with a circulation of 200,000 primary care physicians and trainees. He has two podcasts: Primary Care Update and InfoPOEM of the Week.

Areas of Expertise

Evidence-based medicine, clinical decision-making, acute respiratory infections, cancer screening, end-of-life decision-making, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and development and validation of clinical prediction rules.

Honors, Awards, and Achievements

2018 – 2019: Fulbright Scholar, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
2015: UGA College of Public Health Excellence in Service Award
2012 – 2015: Member, US Preventive Services Task Force
2012: Distinguished Research Paper Award, North American Primary Care Research Group, 40th Annual Meeting
2011: Distinguished Research Paper Award, North American Primary Care Research Group, 39th Annual Meeting
2012: UGA College of Public Health Excellence in Teaching Award
2004: Early Distinguished Career Achievement Award, University of Michigan Medical Center Alumni Society
2002 – present
“Who’s Who in America”
1999: Teacher / Scholar Award, Michigan State University (University-wide award given to 6 faculty for distinguished achievement in teaching and scholarship)
1998: Robert Wood Johnson Generalists Scholars Award (4 year funded award given to 17 primary care physicians annually to support research and career development.
1997: Distinguished Research Paper Award, North American Primary Care Research Group, 25th Annual Meeting
1996: Alpha Omega Alpha medical honorary society, Beta Chapter of Michigan (Wayne State University)

Affiliations
  • North American Primary Care Research Group
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
Course Instruction
  • EPID 8100: Clinical Epidemiology
  • EPID 8200: Screening and Prevention
  • EPID 8300: Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis
Research Interests

Evidence-based medicine, clinical decision-making, acute respiratory infections, cancer screening, end-of-life decision-making, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and development and validation of clinical prediction rules.

Selected Publications

Selected from over 500 peer reviewed publications:

1. Ebell MH, Chupp C, Bentivegna M. A high proportion of SARS-CoV-2-infected university students are asymptomatic. J Fam Pract. 2020;69(9):428-429. PMID: 33176345.

2. Ebell, M. H., Fahey, T., Murphy, M. E., Barry, A., Barry, H., & Hickner, J. An updated and more efficient search strategy to identify primary care-relevant clinical prediction rules. J Clin Epidemiol 2020; 125: 26-29. doi:10.1016/j.jclinepi.2020.05.013

3. Ebell, M. H., Chupp, H., Cai, X., Bentivegna, M., & Kearney, M. Accuracy of Signs and Symptoms for the Diagnosis of Community-acquired Pneumonia: A Meta-analysis. Acad Emerg Med 2020; 27(7): 542-553. doi:10.1111/acem.13965

4. Ebell, M. H., Bentivegna, M., Cai, X., Hulme, C., & Kearney, M. Accuracy of Biomarkers for the Diagnosis of Adult Community-acquired Pneumonia: A Meta-analysis. Acad Emerg Med 2020; 27(3): 195-206. doi:10.1111/acem.13889

5. Moriarty, F., & Ebell, M. H. A comparison of contemporary versus older studies of aspirin for primary prevention.. Fam Pract 2020; 37(3): 290-296. doi:10.1093/fampra/cmz080

6. Thuy, N. T., & Ebell, M. H. Prospective validation of the Good Outcome Following Attempted Resuscitation (GO-FAR) score for in-hospital cardiac arrest prognosis. Resuscitation 2019; 140: 2-8. doi:10.1016/j.resuscitation.2019.05.002

7. Ebell, M. H., McKay, B., Dale, A., Guilbault, R., & Ermias, Y. Accuracy of Signs and Symptoms for the Diagnosis of Acute Rhinosinusitis and Acute Bacterial Rhinosinusitis. Ann Fam Med 2019; 17(2): 164-172. doi:10.1370/afm.2354

8. Marchello, C. S., Ebell, M. H., Dale, A. P., Harvill, E. T., Shen, Y., & Whalen, C. C. Signs and Symptoms That Rule out Community-Acquired Pneumonia in Outpatient Adults: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis. J. Am Board Fam Med 2019; 32(2): 234-247. doi:10.3122/jabfm.2019.02.180219

9. Dale, A. P., Ebell, M., McKay, B., Handel, A., Forehand, R., & Dobbin, K. Impact of a Rapid Point of Care Test for Influenza on Guideline Consistent Care and Antibiotic Use. J Am Board Fam Med 2019; 32(2): 226-233. doi:10.3122/jabfm.2019.02.180183

10. Ebell, M. H., Thai, T. N., & Royalty, K. J. Cancer screening recommendations: an international comparison of high income countries. Pub Health Rev 2018; 39(1). doi:10.1186/s40985-018-0080-0

11. Ebell MH, Locatelli I, Senn N. A novel approach to the determination of clinical decision thresholds. Evid Based Med. 2015 Mar 3. pii: ebmed-2014-110140. doi: 10.1136/ebmed-2014-110140. [Epub ahead of print]

12. Ebell MH, Shinholser J. What are the Most Clinically Useful Cut-offs for the Alvarado and Pediatric Appendicitis Scores? A Systematic Review. Ann Emerg Med 2014; 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2014.02.025

13. Ebell MH, Jang W, Shen Y, Geocadin RG; Get With the Guidelines–Resuscitation Investigators. Development and validation of the Good Outcome Following Attempted Resuscitation (GO-FAR) score to predict neurologically intact survival after in-hospital cardiopulmonary resuscitation. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Nov 11;173(20):1872-8.

14. Ebell MH, Afonso AM, Gonzales R, et al. Development and Validation of a Clinical Decision Rule for the Diagnosis of Influenza. J Am Board Fam Med 2012; 25(1): 55-62

15. Ebell MH, Siwek J, Weiss BD, Woolf SH, Susman J, Ewigman B, Bowman M. Strength of recommendation taxonomy (SORT): a patient-centered approach to grading evidence in the medical literature. Am Fam Physician. 2004 Feb 1;69(3):548-56.

Presentations

1. Vaughan Lecture, Harvard University, February, 2020

2. Plenary: “Controversies in Prevention”. University of Padova, March, 2019.

3. Plenary: “Clinical prediction rules in the real world”. European Federation for Medical Informatics, Zagreb, Croatia. 10/16/18.

4. Plenary: “An Overview of Near Patient Testing”, University of Gottingen Research Symposium, Gottingen, Germany. 4/2017

5. Plenary: “Developing a research agenda”, University of Lausanne Department of General Practice 10th Anniversary Symposium. 4/2017

6. Plenary: “The USPSTF: Processes and New Recommendations”, Annual Meeting of the Swiss Society of General Practice, Lausanne, Switzerland. 4/2017

7. Plenary: “The USPSTF: Processes and New Recommendations”, University of Padua, Padua, Italy. 5/2017

8. Plenary: “Research on the Cheap”. North American Primary Care Research Group 40th Annual Meeting. New York, NY. 11/2014

9. Distinguished Research Paper: “How long does a cough last? Comparison of patient expectations with a systematic review of the literature” North American Primary Care Research Group 40th Annual Meeting, December 1, 2012, New Orleans, LA.

10. Distinguished Research Paper: “Development and Validation of a Clinical Decision Rule to Diagnose Influenza” North American Primary Care Research Group 39th Annual Meeting, November 15, 2011, Banff, Alberta.