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Mark Ebell

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Professor, School of Public Health

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 the author of over 500 peer-reviewed articles and is the 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


M.S., University of Michigan School of Public Health, 1995, Clinical Research Design and Statistical Analysis

Residency, University of Michigan Medical Center, 1990, Family Medicine

M.D., University of Michigan Medical School, 1987, Medicine

B.A., Kalamazoo College, 1983, Biology

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.

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