Dr. Janet Martin, PharmD, MSc (HTA)


Janet Martin


Associate Professor
Departments of Anesthesia & Perioperative Medicine and Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Western University

Centre for Medical Evidence, Decision Integrity, Clinical Impact (MEDICI), Western University



Dr. Martin began her career with a focus on evidence synthesis and knowledge translation for drugs and health technologies in the hospital setting. Realizing that evidence synthesis alone was insufficient for decision-making, Dr. Martin implemented HiTEC (High Impact Technology Evaluation Centre), the first hospital-based health technology assessment (HB-HTA) unit in Ontario. To allow hospital leadership to place their healthcare decisions into their unique institutional context, Dr. Martin developed and implemented the Know4Go Framework which integrates evidence + economics + ethics + ‘everything else’ that matters. She co-founded the MEDICI Centre with the purpose of supporting decision-makers with evidence-based decision making and knowledge translation, working closely with the areas of anesthesia, perioperative and critical care, and surgery. 


CADTH 30th Anniversary Medal
Awarded to a leader and champion of health technology assessment (HTA) who has sustained impact for many years, or whose unique commitment has helped develop, support, and expand the use of HTA in Canada (2019).

Schulich Distinguished Leader Award of Excellence – Graduate/Postgraduate Education
The highest category award for outstanding achievements in education and leadership locally and internationally, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University (2017).

Areas of Expertise

  • Evidence-based decision-making
  • Contextual factors impacting decision-making
  • Hospital-Based Health Technology Assessment
  • Evidence Synthesis

Global Leadership

Dr. Martin serves as the Co-Director of the WHO Collaborating Centre for Global Surgery, Anesthesia & Perioperative care. She was selected by the WHO as Methodologic Lead for the Guideline Development Committee on providing surgery and anesthesia services in the context of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa (2014-2020). She served as Chair for WHO Global initiative for Emergency and Essential Surgical Care (GIEESC) Working Group on Measurement & Evaluation of Global Surgical Indicators, and as research co-lead for the maternal and child mortality WHO GIEESC and Anesthesia Research Committee. Dr. Martin is a collaborator with GlobalSurg, an international research network spanning 100 countries that produces research into surgical outcomes through collaboration amongst local, national and international units. Dr. Martin is the Canadian Lead for COVIDSurg Collaborative, NIHR Global Surgery Unit, which is capturing data on the outcomes of COVID-19 infected patients who undergo surgery. Dr. Martin is Contributor for the WFSA Utstein Meeting on Indicators and Reporting Criteria for Surgery, Obstetrics and Anaesthesia Patient Safety.

Janet Martin's CV