Meet the team

The JMIR Publications team comprises a talented group of individuals in their respective fields. They have come together to work toward the JMIR mission and vision.

Simply put, we love what we do and who we do it for.

Do you have passion for science communication and want to help us disrupt scholarly publishing with openness and technology? Join us.

Senior Management Team

Gunther Eysenbach

Gunther Eysenbach

Chief Executive Officer and Executive Editor

Gunther Eysenbach, MD, MPH, FACMI, has a life-long passion for information and communication technologies, knowledge translation and medical information, and has been recognized as the most impactful medical informatician in the world. He studied medicine, computer science, and public health, and, already as a medical student, wrote books and worked for a major scholarly publisher as an Editor. He is a visionary who recognized the importance of the internet for both medical information dissemination as well scholarly publishers in the 90s, became a pioneer of the gold Open-Access movement, created one of the first open-access journals, co-founded the OASPA (Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association), and built a respected global publishing firm known for its quality and forward-thinking innovations (one of Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies). He is also the co-inventor of TrendMD, a company he co-founded as Chief Science Officer, which is another avenue to disseminate scientific information in a targeted manner. Gunther spends most of his time as President of JMIR Publications, but also invests in innovative startups in medicine and science as an angel investor, holds the position of Adjunct Professor at the University of Victoria, and is working on his charitable organization to help authors from developing countries publish their work.

When he is not surfing the Internet he can be found kitesurfing, snowkiting or SUPing.

Adrian T Stanley

Adrian T Stanley

Chief Innovation and Development Officer

As a longstanding passionate member of the publishing community, which includes serving as Past-President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) and other leadership roles. I aim to utilize my global network, and strategic development and leadership expertise to propel JMIR’s growth, sustainability, and execution of innovative initiatives to elevate our brand, and position JMIR as one of the world's leading publisher and disruptor in the Digital Health and Open Science research ecosystems. I'm also passionate about creating and developing ecosystems for startup technologies, incubating new ideas with inspirational innovators, that help shape the next phase of scholarly communications and research.

I enjoy coaching soccer and traveling the globe with my family. As a budding photographer, I focus on capturing the perfect moments life presents us.

Lisa Cuevas Shaw

Lisa Cuevas Shaw

Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Publisher

I have been fortunate enough to pursue two central passions throughout my career: the acquisition, development, and dissemination of knowledge; and the practice of leadership in service of people first and the further democratization of knowledge a close second. My experience spans progressive leadership roles across scholarly, educational, and professional publishing, digital products, and services. And although I have loved each of my roles and various collaborations across production, editorial, product development, and business development—as well as the range of academic content domains I have explored and championed—I can think of no better place to be right now than at the intersection of digital health and open science. We can and should leverage technology and multiple, open communication channels and methods to realize equitable access to, and engagement with, science-backed health information for all.

“Wine is the thinking person’s health drink.” –Dr. Phillip Norrie
Okay, so be it.

Michael Shepard

Michael Shepard

Chief Technology Officer

My career has always been focused on helping people - through technology, direct connection, and mentoring. JMIR Publications has a massive reach through our innovative new platforms for social impact. The opportunity to build the next-generation platform is fantastic and JMIR's upcoming systems for rapid scale to make us the Digital Health and Open Science scholarly ecosystem leader. I'm thrilled to help lead our new world-class software engineering teams as we focus on people's and technology's performance leadership for velocity, productivity, and scale. Anyone looking for a great team to build long-lasting, high-performance platforms and genuinely proud of your work – come and grow your career with us.

I'm very fortunate to have travelled with my wife to more than 40 countries and circumnavigated the globe.

Chris Boynton

Chris Boynton

VP Organizational Development

Growing up in an entrepreneurial family, my passion is providing Human Resources leadership to entrepreneurial, growing organizations through my company The Red Office. Previously, I was the Chief Human Resources Officer for a private equity owed firm with North American operations and held several other senior HR roles, including the head of Corporate HR for Canadian Tire when they were voted the #1 employer in Canada.

As an Environmentalist, I am the past Chairman of the Board of an environmental not-for-profit organization. I also have a love of Golden Retrievers and I am training for a life goal of an IronMan 70.3

'Leave it better than you found it'

Editorial Support

Ann Millar

Ann Millar

Editorial Manager

I appreciate the innovations and collaborations taking place throughout the JMIR community. It is exciting to be in a role that supports the sharing of health research and technology in improving health and health care around the world.

I am a “foodie” who is lucky enough to live in Toronto, the world’s most culturally diverse city, with a wealth of excellent restaurants from which to choose. In my spare time, I can be found at a local movie theatre taking in the latest offerings or travelling.

Bernd Pohlmann-Eden MD, PhD

Bernd Pohlmann-Eden MD, PhD

Medical and Research Strategist
Professor of Neurology & Pharmacology

“The only thing that is more expensive than education is ignorance.” Benjamin Franklin

Having worked as neuroscientist and physician in several leadership positions in academia and industry, both in Europe and North America, I recognize how important knowledge transfer is. I am absolutely passionate about it. Fast and easy access to science, particularly in the medical and research fields, is of paramount significance for experts as well as for patients. Informed decision-making is the way to go. I am thrilled to be part of the JMIR team. JMIR has pioneered high quality open access publications. JMIR thrives on innovation and its strong vision for revolutionizing digital and open knowledge dissemination. There is no better place for me to contribute.

Travelling the world, meeting other cultures, learning from others, are all big for me. I am a proud author of a children’s book.

Sharon Bailey

Sharon Bailey

Managing Editor, Content

As a health sciences librarian, I am a strong advocate for health literacy, evidence-based practice, and medical education. As someone who worked in the book publishing industry for over a decade, I also know the value of communicating information to readers in a timely, accessible way. It's an exciting time at JMIR publications and I'm proud to be here.

"Research is formalized curiosity." - Zora Neale Hurston

Thomas Derrick

Thomas Derrick

Associate Editor

As a former doctoral student and open-access journal founder, I am passionate about the need for accessible high-quality research.

If you ever want to hear European travel and archaeology stories please do ask, but there are rather fewer gigantic rolling boulders, snakes, or golden temples than George Lucas would have us believe, and certainly more spreadsheets. Also, please don't ask me about dinosaurs!

Dheepalakshmi Gopal

Dheepalakshmi Gopal

Journal Manager

My main motivation comes from providing excellent service to the leaders in the health sciences space with whom I interact.

"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone" - Neale Donald Walsch

Stephanie Savu

Stephanie Savu

Senior Editorial Assistant

I want to see our goal of being an excellent place to publish scientific research realized on a daily basis.

“Human spirit is the ability to face the uncertainty of the future with curiosity and optimism. It is the belief that problems can be solved, differences resolved. It is a type of confidence. And it is fragile.” - Bernard Beckett

Sabiha Gardezi

Sabiha Gardezi

Editorial Assistant

As a PhD graduate and having worked in academia as a post-doctoral fellow, I greatly value open scientific communication. As an open-access journal, JMIR publishes research from around the world. By being part of the JMIR team, I have the opportunity to allow communication of exciting new research that will help our scientific community grow.

"It is the weight, not numbers of experiments that is to be regarded." Sir Isaac Newton

Ronny Litvack-Katzman

Ronny Litvack-Katzman

Editorial Assistant

Coming from an interdisciplinary background, I have a keen interest in science communication. At JMIR, I have the opportunity to use these passions to help effectively disseminate knowledge in the ever-expanding fields of health science.

Usually, I can be found voraciously attempting to finish multiple books at once. Usually, to no avail.

Jaclyn Hearnden

Jaclyn Hearnden

Editorial Assistant

There is a revolution happening in scientific publishing and I am happy to be a part of it. In my past lives, I graduated with my Master's degree in biochemistry and worked in the diverse fields such as health economics and aesthetic medicine.

I read an unreasonable amount of books: 75 in 2020!

Production

Candice Dcosta

Candice Dcosta

Head of Copyediting

Effective communication of research can empower patients and health care practitioners to make the right choices for their health. Therefore, I aim to bridge the gap between research and its communication by helping authors translate their bench work into the written word effectively.

My interests include a capella music, dogs, and food, but mostly dogs. Dogs are the best!

Richard di Santo

Richard di Santo

Manager, Production

The future of publishing is in the hands of innovators. Forging new, sustainable ways of publishing while ensuring the integrity and accessibility of meaningful content has been the focus of my career to date, and I am excited to be a part of JMIR’s innovative ethos with a view to increasing our impact while better serving the needs of the scientific community and the public at large.

I value honesty, dedication, kindness, creativity, and good coffee.

Angela Weiser

Angela Weiser

Editorial Production Controller

I am inspired by the innovative publishing models and spirit of collaboration that fuel JMIR.

I write and create art in my free time.

Rajitha Sivakumaran

Rajitha Sivakumaran

Senior Copy Editor

Knowledge is meant to be shared, and my role at JMIR helps to disseminate this knowledge on a global scale, empowering everyone from students and patients to academics.

"Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family." - Kofi Annan

Joshua Dykas

Joshua Dykas

Senior Copy Editor

With the increasing prevalence of technology in our world, researchers in the field of digital health have become vitally important to the advancement of medicine. As a copyeditor at JMIR, I am motivated to help make their research the most accessible to the public.

During my free time, I am a creative scribbler and compulsive copyeditor.

Christie Ettles

Christie Ettles

Copy Editor

I’m passionate about science communication, so I’m excited to help enhance the clarity of published research at JMIR.

Some of my favourite things are organic chemistry, food, and cats.

Ena Music

Ena Music

Copy Editor

I want to make it easy for researchers to share new knowledge and insights with medical professionals and the public.

I like taking photos, spending time in nature, and taking photos of nature.

Janel Pangilinan

Janel Pangilinan

Copy Editor

JMIR works with authors and experts to disseminate their ideas, research, and findings, and being able to take part in that process as a copy editor is both fun and fulfilling.

When I'm not editing, you can usually find me absorbed in a fantasy novel, playing JRPGs, or sleeping.

Neha Mirchandani

Neha Mirchandani

Copy Editor

I enjoy collaborating with researchers to help them effectively communicate and disseminate their research findings to newer audiences. At JMIR, I have the opportunity to help facilitate science communication, which makes my work more enriching and purposeful.

Outside of work, I find joy in writing, creating art, and experimenting in the kitchen.

Rohan Ichhaporia

Rohan Ichhaporia

Copy Editor

Experimental data are of no use if they cannot be reported in a coherent manner or be accessible to those carrying out studies in similar research areas. Working with JMIR allows me to help disseminate high-impact data on health technology by virtue of the open-access policy of its journals and the stimulating work environment it offers. Furthermore, being a part of the Production Team at JMIR exposes me to the breadth of studies that are currently underway in the medical sciences and in health care.

‘Busy’ is a blessing; in my spare time, I like keeping myself occupied with some reading material, an online course, or a (very!) long walk. To my mind, there is no such thing as ‘too much dark chocolate’!

Debbie Gordon

Debbie Gordon

Senior Production Editor

I am motivated to contribute to JMIR's mission and vision because they align with my belief of working toward leaving the world in a better state that when I arrived in it.

“Dripping water hollows out stone, not through force but through persistence.” - Ovid

Priyanka Kharbanda

Priyanka Kharbanda

Senior Production Editor

Working with JMIR is another step in my endeavor to enable readers to have access to well-researched, high-quality content. 

"Where is your will to be weird?" – Jim Morrison

Tom Nicholls

Tom Nicholls

Production Editor

I want to help create a world where medical research is accessible to everyone.

I love dogs, reading, and baseball.

Ian Usher

Ian Usher

Production Editor

I'm motivated by the desire for clarity and accuracy in the work I do.

I've played mini-golf in every province of Canada.

Simon Honeyman

Simon Honeyman

Production Editor

I'm driven to work within a community dedicated to advancing medical discourse through well-presented research and innovative publishing models.

When time allows, I moonlight as a professional singer, and have toured throughout North America and Europe.

Monisha Swaminathan

Monisha Swaminathan

Production Editor

I have always been fascinated with current happenings in the medical field being a Biomedical Geneticist myself. To be able to contribute to the field in my way, by enabling access to up-to-date information is always exhilarating.

Enjoy life today. Yesterday is gone & tomorrow may never come.

Vrishali Parab

Vrishali Parab

Production Editor

Open access to knowledge empowers everyone in the society. It is a key to education and informed decisions. Knowing that my work will contribute to make scholarly research more accessible to all motivates me.

I find joy in all kinds of stories but have a soft spot for those about food.

Monica Alpizar

Monica Alpizar

Production Editor

In times of abundant misinformation, it is exciting to be part of a team whose mission is to facilitate access to factual knowledge and quality research through innovative methods. Contributing to the ample distribution of scientific and medical information to empower a wide audience is a meaningful endeavor that makes my work fulfilling.

“Be clearly aware of the stars and infinity on high. Then life seems almost enchanted after all.” - Vincent van Gogh

Nick Martin

Nick Martin

User Experience

I am passionate about people and processes—I work to make it possible for teams to do their best work every day. I am responsible for the employee experience at JMIR Publications.

I try to learn something new everyday, which allows me to grow as an individual. My goal is to always be a better version of myself than I was the day before. My guilty pleasure is "so-called" reality TV.

Engineering

Yang Jiao

Yang Jiao

Engineering Manager

As part of the technology delivery team that assisted frontline workers in ICU, I’ve learned the value of empowering people with timely access to critical information. It’s a great honour for me to be part of a learning organization that supports disseminating knowledge throughout our communities. I’m excited to be part of the JIMR team and hope to contribute to our success!
“It takes humility to reconsider our past commitments, doubt to question our present decisions, and curiosity to reimagine our future plans. What we discover along the way can free us from the shackles of our familiar surroundings and our former selves.” ― Adam M. Grant

As a passionate snowboarder, I train daily for the 0.001% of the time I get to stand on top of the mountain. Knowing, I have done everything to prepare for that moment, and I was meant to be there.

Hamneet Kaur

Hamneet Kaur

Project Manager

I am driven by my desire to learn new things and take on new responsibilities so that I constantly grow and contribute more to my organization. JMIR publications vision of empowering people by giving access to health research gravitates me to this role.

"I love reading, enjoy travelling and passionate about Yoga. ""We are all here for some special reason. Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future."" – Robin Sharma "

Sean Jeong

Sean Jeong

Manager, Technical Projects

I believe in helping people in my daily work: creating systems and improving processes that enable teams to deliver amazing products in the most efficient and engaging way possible. I teach, coach, and mentor in order to maximize the value we provide to our users. I’m also a firm believer that a shared purpose is the strongest motivator for any team. JMIR provides me with the opportunity to help those who believe in the shared purpose of disseminating knowledge in an accessible manner.

I like talking about music, video games, agility, and coaching. More than anything else however, I love interesting data and most likely will enjoy talking it over with you.

Bruce McDonald

Bruce McDonald

Senior Full Stack Engineer

Having been a full time student and a Software Engineer at the University of Saskatchewan for 16 years I have always been passionate and truly enamored with the microcosm of higher education. Academia has given so much to me, and been such an important part of my life that I have always looked for ways to contribute and payback the institution which has shaped and defined who I am. JMIR is a unique opportunity to promote not only the fundamental values of research and the sacred tenets of scientific method, but to improve and evolve how the product of such effort is disseminated, broadening the scope and accessibility of our learned colleagues.

After finishing law school, every now and then friends and family will take the opportunity to ask me a legal question, which I'm happy to answer if I can with the following caveat: When it comes to legal advice, you're getting what you pay for!

Isaac Sureshkumar

Isaac Sureshkumar

Senior Full Stack Engineer

I believe that in today’s era of Globalization, Technology has come a long way and the scope of it is an endless sphere to examine. Being a part of it is an invaluably enlightening experience. With vistas unexplored ahead, I immensely value being at JMIR to garner knowledge and contribute to the organization's technological needs and advancements.

I love watching travel documentaries, national geography and discovery channels.

Mindy Barrs

Mindy Barrs

Full Stack Engineer

As a developer, I have the possibility to turn ideas into reality. The freedom of taking a concept and bringing it to life is extremely satisfying.

I am into gaming, be it video or tabletop; going to the movies from time to time; and just wandering around the city and finding something new.

Mateus Koehler

Mateus Koehler

Full Stack Engineer

I strongly believe in JMIR's mission, and being a part of that is a big motivator for me.

Tinker, Gamer, Reformed Night Owl, and low-key Otaku.

Justin Cook

Justin Cook

Full Stack Engineer

I enjoy finding solutions to problems, so naturally, I gravitated to the world of development. Working for JMIR Publications allows me to aid in solving how knowledge is disseminated to the general public.

In my free time, you can usually find me gaming or watching sports.

Batstone Christyanton

Batstone Christyanton

Full Stack Engineer

I am inspired and motivated by JMIR publications mission because we are bringing important health related research to professionals and public.

“If you don’t program yourself, life will program you.” Les Brown

Laura MacKew

Laura MacKew

Full Stack Engineer

I’m inspired by the innovation happening at JMIR Publications to improve access to medical information using leading edge technology solutions. As a former research professional, I intimately understand the need to access the latest medical information and I'm thrilled to contribute to advancing this everyday at JMIR.

Cat lover, psychology research nerd and hairstyle chameleon.

Amit Sandhel

Amit Sandhel

Full Stack Engineer

I love working on solving complex projects/problems and living on the cutting edge of technology and science!

You Learn More From Failure Than From Success. Don’t Let It Stop You. Failure Builds Character

Elizabeth Diaz

Elizabeth Diaz

Full Stack Engineer

Our relationship with science literacy needs improvement. JMIR Publications mission to combat misinformation by means of open science is nothing short of inspiring. Working as a member of JMIR Publications enables me to be a part of that mission to empower our fellow man.

I enjoy hiking, weightlifting, playing video games and crocheting amigurumi.

John Gong

John Gong

Full Stack Engineer

I'm motivated to help people improve the exchange of medical information using advanced technology solutions with my skills and knowledge. I will be proud to make some contributions to this society.

I like reading articles about history and politics, and watching the news. I really like spending my time swimming when the weather allows.

Artem Osadchyi

Artem Osadchyi

Front-End Engineer

Through my work, I aim to contribute to the bigger picture to help the world become more informed, healthier, and more educated.

I love modern design and the process of its implementation. Apart from work I hike a lot, practice calisthenics, and simply try to live my life to the fullest enjoying every single moment.

Julie Tran

Julie Tran

UI/UX Designer

I'm motivated by the collaborative group of people surrounding me, who work hard to yield results.

Not a big fan of the gym, but I love outdoor activities.

Prem Kumar Vyda

Prem Kumar Vyda

DevOps Engineer

Being a part of an organization that provides a platform for researchers to publish cutting-edge medical research is a great motivator for me. I feel elated to contribute towards the organization's goal

“Success does not consist in never making mistakes but in never making the same one a second time.” George Bernard Shaw

Sravan Kumar Ratna

Sravan Kumar Ratna

DevOps Engineering

Culture, innovation and Technology are the characteristics that drive me towards working with JMIR. You place high value on your employees and encourage them to learn, grow and innovate inside the company. The Company offers the high quality of products and services that reflect employee engagement and satisfaction.

"Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do." - Steve Jobs

Francine Port

Francine Port

Information Security Analyst

I'm passionate about ensuring the security of the people, processes and technology involved in knowledge sharing, and excited to be working in the field of science communication.

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” –Leonardo da Vinci

Communications, Development, and Knowledge Translation

Jennifer Joe MD

Jennifer Joe MD

Chief Ambassador

From a friends and family standpoint, my career path that started in small town Mississippi, and then took me through into an internal medicine residency at Georgetown, through a nephrology fellowship at the Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) combined program, and then into the entrepreneurial birthing of digital health, is surprising, to be frank. In 2019, I sold and integrated MedTech Boston, where I was Founder and Editor-in-Chief, dedicated to bringing the digital health community together. I am an MD actively practicing emergency room, urgent care, and hospitalist physician at 3 Boston hospitals, also overseeing medical student, resident, and fellow training from the local academic institutions, including Tufts, Harvard, MIT, MGH, BWH, and Boston University.

I am passionate about the power of clear and inspirational communication and storytelling to educate, inspire, and empower patients, scientists, and clinicians, irrespective of education, socioeconomic status, race, gender, or geographical location. I also respect and admire what Gunther is doing with JMIR and highlight and elevating digital health to drive meaningful innovation in healthcare.

I don't own a car, and I love cupcakes.

Tom Bellis

Tom Bellis

Director of Marketing

I have a passion to learn and grow both personally as an individual and with an organization professionally. The opportunity to get on board with JMIR, work with the team, and grow their innovative service offering is an exciting opportunity. My curiosity to understand "what's behind the curtain" in everything that I do allows me to combine analytics and creativity to develop engaging marketing communications strategies and plans that add value to the organizations I work with and the audiences they target.

"Nothing beats a well made coffee in the morning, or the afternoon, or the evening, or just anytime. Yes I like coffee!

Human being, being human, trying to improve every day!"

Pritesh Kapadia

Pritesh Kapadia

Multimedia/Digital Specialist

I'm inspired by the vision and ambition of JMIR. I bring creative versatility through the many multimedia channels such as video, graphics and audio.

In my spare time, I enjoy travelling and capturing landscape photos.

Joe Pold

Joe Pold

Head of Marketing Insights & Analysis

Having become painfully aware of the frustration of many researchers with the 'black box' nature of publishing from my time at Wiley and SpringerNature, I'm thrilled to bring my strategic planning and negotiating skills to JMIR. Utilizing insights gleaned from author/editor relationships and supported by bibliometric data, I hope to bring new supporters to the journal and celebrate the innovations pushed by JMIR over the past twenty years.

Sedimentary geology enthusiast - rock on

Finance

Tarek Islamboli

Tarek Islamboli

Senior Accountant

"Coming from a Finance and Accounting background having over 18 years of professional experience within small and multinational leading industries, I am excited to be responsible for the accounting, financial planning and analysis, treasury, and tax functions at JMIR. Prior to this role, I have built and lead finance teams in global companies with significant operating scale and complexity, have advised on more than 68 investments, mergers, acquisitions, specializes in delivering strategic advice, comprehensive due diligence, buy- and sell-side advisory services, and deal-structuring advice which can be put in use while contributing to JMIR exponential growth, mission and vision in an efficient and professional way.

As a member of the Institute of Management Accountant, have a bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Certificate in Management Accounting, Financial Analysis and Investment Management from the University of Toronto, I keep relish working on my education and professional development skills."

Accountability, it is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable. (Moliere)

Human Resources

Vinopa Sivakumar

Vinopa Sivakumar

Senior Human Resources Manager

I am passionate about building and promoting workplace wellness, and a heart-led performance-driven culture. I am happy to be part of a team that empowers people by health research and technology to make effective, informed decisions, take control of their health and well-being, and live happier and healthier lives.

"The true meaning of life is to plant trees, under whose shade you do not expect to sit." -Nelson Henderson

Administration

Victoria Deng

Victoria Deng

Personal Assistant to the CEO
Office Manager

Victoria spent the previous several years working in the hospitality and aviation industry as a service director. Her professional and personal passions surround health, wellness, and safety, which aligns beautifully with the values of JMIR. She is excited to further JMIR's mission to provide medical research to the general public and advance innovative scientific communications.

"Genius is 1% talent and 99% percent hard work..." Albert Einstein

Samara Bengall

Samara Bengall

Executive Administrator

Now more than ever, there is a need for open access research and JMIR Publications inspires me with their values and mission. After finishing my degree in Health Sciences, I am passionate towards working in an industry that helps people and can better the accessibility of science communications. I am proud to work with the dedicated team at JMIR Publications.

I'm always intent on learning new things, whether it's playing guitar, knitting, or researching different topics, I love to learn. I'm currently interested in regenerative farming (if you have any tips on sustainable lifestyles, send them my way)!