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

General Manager

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.

Sean Jeong

Sean Jeong

Chief Product and Technology Officer

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.

Chris Boynton

Chris Boynton

Chief Organizational Development Officer

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 recent IronMan 70.3

'Leave it better than you found it'

Richard di Santo

Richard di Santo

Director of Operations

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.

David Kim

David Kim

Director of Partnerships and Open Access Research

Working at JMIR allows us to contribute to the scholarly vanguard that accelerates progress toward a better world, where access to knowledge and research are no longer a hindrance to patient care, health, and well-being.

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed individuals can change the world: indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead

Philippa Benson

Philippa Benson

Director of Editorial

Cutting-edge publishing technologies in serving the needs of healthy people.

"Time passes. Listen. Time passes." - Dylan Thomas.

Ambassadors and Advisors

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.

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.

Editorial

Ann Millar

Ann Millar

Senior 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.

Tiffany Leung

Tiffany Leung

Scientific Editor (Digital Health)

Over the course of my career as a general internist and telemedicine physician, I have always been keenly aware of how valuable clear communication is in patient care, research and scholarly pursuits, digital health transformations, and well beyond. I am excited to work at the intersections of patient and population health advancement, clinical informatics, and scientific advancement through high-quality publishing. I also enjoy working in a creative and innovative space, where every day offers an opportunity to learn something new and do so alongside a talented and forward-thinking team. Enabling each individual to bring authenticity of self-expression to diverse, equitable, inclusive, and collaborative environments will move all of our scientific communities forward together with the common goal of improving human health and well-being.

I enjoy naps (but do not get to do them enough!), traveling, finding and trying new baking recipes, and spending time with my bunnies.

Amaryllis Mavragani

Amaryllis Mavragani

Scientific Editor

With a background in mathematics and a research passion for infodemiology, I have been closely observing how open science and multidisciplinarity are advancing the health sciences. The medical world is changing, and it is changing fast. Rapid publication, open access, and high-quality research—this is the future of scholarly publishing, and this is what makes JMIR Publications a leader in digital health.

Coffee is my fuel, reading is my hobby, and music is my passion.

Amanda Iannaccio

Amanda Iannaccio

Managing Editor

I am excited to be part of an innovative team that champions open science and leverages new publishing technologies to advance and improve health care globally.

“One of the most powerful forces in human nature is our belief that change is possible.”

Behrooz Astaneh

Behrooz Astaneh

Managing Editor

As a very fast growing publishing company in Canada, JMIR can provide me the opportunity to use my experiences and explore all that I might miss during my career, including the unique feature of innovations in digital health.

I prefer to challenge myself by being a fish in an ocean rather than being a "giant" fish in a river.

Stephanie Savu

Stephanie Savu

Managing Editor

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, PhD

Sabiha Gardezi, PhD

Managing Editor

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

Teo Quay

Teo Quay

Managing Editor

I am excited for the opportunity to support the dissemination and accessibility of priority research on digital health and emerging health technologies. Beyond editorial, I hope to use my experience as a researcher and editor in the health policy and knowledge synthesis space to support the JMIR Editorial Team.

After living in Copenhagen and Toronto, my family just settled in Vancouver. I love to travel and plan to take advantage of all the great nature surrounding the city.

Tiffany Ng

Tiffany Ng

Editorial Assistant

I am motivated to communicate health information in a way that is accessible and relatable for everyone. It is very exciting to work for a team that enhances the availability of quality health research through innovative methods.

In my spare time, I enjoy going to the gym, trying new restaurants, and spending time in nature.

Chana Markus

Chana Markus

Editorial Assistant

Having worked in the long-term care sector for over a decade, I have seen, first hand, the benefits that access to evidence-based research have on both patients and their health care providers. I hope to play a part in providing all members of the population with continuous access to the latest-quality medical research.

When family or friends go traveling, I ask them to bring me back a collection of folk tales. I now have 32 books of folk tales from 10 countries, but I always leave room on my bookshelf for one more.

Isabella Hernandez

Isabella Hernandez

Editorial Assistant

I am thrilled to be working alongside a group of accomplished and skilled individuals who share the same vision for open access scientific research that is able to influence a worldwide audience. Coming from a biomedical science background, I understand the importance of research that has evidentiary support, and have learned the significance of spreading this information on a broader scale.

I am an avid bookworm, self-proclaimed movie critic, and mediocre pastry chef.

Priththivika Baskaran

Priththivika Baskaran

Editorial Assistant

Scientific communication has long been my interest since completing my PhD. Working with JMIR to help disseminate innovative research that is freely accessible is highly motivating for me.

I graduated with a PhD in tumor biology. Initially, I worked for a biochemical manufacturer as a Technical Writer, where I was able to communicate the science behind the products to the consumers. In order to gain experience in scholarly communication, I worked as a Scientific Editor for a publisher. After moving to Canada, my journey in scientific communication continues with JMIR. I strongly believe in the power of knowledge and helping to disseminate high-quality, innovative research, the free accessibility to which is a great reason to work for JMIR.

Production

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

Team Lead, Copy Editing

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

Priyanka Kharbanda

Priyanka Kharbanda

Team Lead, Production Editing

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

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

Joshua Dykas

Joshua Dykas

Senior Copy Editing

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.

Neha Mirchandani

Neha Mirchandani

Manager, Editing Services

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.

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.

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’!

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.

Emad Naghipour

Emad Naghipour

Copy Editor

JMIR has a strong reputation in the medical field. It is also growing in many directions, which includes a mission to make their publications more accessible to academic and nonacademic readership all over the world. This requires more work, but it also guarantees more satisfaction in every step, striving toward that mission. I would love to play a role in such an environment. So, the question really should be: why not?

I hold a PhD in Comparative Literature as well as an MA and BA in English. Though I am a published researcher mostly in the humanities, I have a multidisciplinary mindset and consider myself a scholar of intellectual writing. I have translated and edited in three languages since 2006, and my hobbies are scrabble, chess, squash, and going on hikes.

Kelvin Cheung

Kelvin Cheung

Copy Editor

I strongly value open access in science and am delighted to apply my editorial skills to help spread informative and accurate scientific research.

I spent a summer camping across Europe, visiting over 20 countries. It was hectic, it was rough, and I loved it!

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.

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.

Annie Castillo

Annie Castillo

Production Editor

I value JMIR's mission to provide open-access health & science research and promote equitable knowledge acquisition for all.

I love cats, carbs, and contemporary art.

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

Yoorim Choi

Yoorim Choi

Production Editor

Lifelong learning is one of my greatest values, and I’m thrilled to apply this passion to my work. I firmly believe that knowledge is meant to be shared and explored, and JMIR makes it possible to achieve this vision.

I like to start my day with a checklist and a hot cup of green tea.

Rahaf Khalil

Rahaf Khalil

Production Editor

Coming from an academic background, I've personally experienced the barriers that are sometimes involved in collecting quality, reputable sources. JMIR continues to move the needle with respect to open access scholarship, and I want to contribute to this movement that helps make STM information more accessible to the wider public.

"I can see the sun, but even if I cannot see the sun, I know that it exists. And to know that the sun is there - that is living." - Fyodor Dostoevsky

Rafia Qaisar

Rafia Qaisar

Production Editor

I’m inspired by JMIR’s vision of revolutionizing and innovating scientific communication by disseminating impactful research across the fields of digital health and medical informatics. This aligns with my vision of creating transformative change and empowering people to live happier and healthier lives.

I’m a coffee enthusiast who loves words and is fascinated by the power of storytelling to change the world. When I am not working, I’m either playing video games or baking.

Isabel Ottoni

Isabel Ottoni

Production Editor

Working for an organization that has a positive impact on society is rewarding, particularly in such a challenging period to the global community.

When I was 24 years old, I backpacked through Europe by myself for a month. I have countless memories of this period, but the most memorable one was seeing the snow for the first time in my life in a small Italian town called Subiaco.

Hannah Reinhardt

Hannah Reinhardt

Production Editor

One of humanity's greatest strengths is our ability to collaborate and share new information on a global scale, and I am passionate about doing my part to contribute. JMIR's mission of providing fact-based resources in an open-source format empowers anyone with an internet connection to seek out accurate information on sensitive topics, and I am honoured to lend my skills to this goal.

I also enjoy peppermint tea, sea shanties, and fruitlessly trying to get to the end of my list of Films to Watch.

Natalia March

Natalia March

Customer Support Specialist

As a very fast growing publishing company in Canada, JMIR can provide me the opportunity to use my experiences and explore all that I might miss during my career, including the unique feature of innovations in digital health.

I am passionate about nature.

Engineering

Lesley Inman

Lesley Inman

Agile Coach

I am excited to be in an organization that is growing! Working to keep science and research connected and communicated in times like these makes me proud to be a part of the team.

I love change. I find it is a great chance to really open up blind spots and expand, learn, and grow. In a previous life, I was given the title of the 'Tornado of Change'.

Karu Thevar

Karu Thevar

Infrastructure Manager

Infrastructure Solutions Architect with about 2 decades experience in transformational leadership, operations, business process automation, and information security. I am happy to be a part of this awesome team and to work on the next generation of the Scalable, Secure, Performant, and Cost-optimized IT Infrastructure to support the rapidly changing technology needs at JMIR.

“Don’t fear failure. Fear being in the exact same place next year as you are today.” - M Hyatt

Kristina Foster

Kristina Foster

Senior Product Designer

The value that I bring to JMIR Publications is that I'm an experienced UX Designer and Researcher with a passion for product development and building compelling user experiences. My favourite type of works involves a product development environment and and users who require incredibly complex workflows. I enjoy building more of a UX presence for JMIR, develop processes with everyday operations within a development environment, and design effective and easy-to-use experiences for all types of contexts. I’m a collaborative individual and enjoys using my technical aptitude and the capability to manage complex projects from conception to implementation, measurement, and sustainment.

Please, be gentle with yourself.

Amir Ahmad

Amir Ahmad

Senior Full Stack Engineer

Not only does JMIR provide a valuable service at a great price to the end user, but they also help out their clients who may have a tough time reaching those same end users. This is close motto of mine where helping others is a key ingredient of who I am.

Sometimes you must go into the darkness to help bring someone into the light.

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.

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.

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

Pablo Azuaje

Pablo Azuaje

Full Stack Engineer

Working for JMIR for me feels like a great achievement. The work at a medical/scientific publisher sounds really fun, and I would love to be part of the team.

I am from Venezuela, and I only had electricity for around 8 hours each day. When I fled the country to go to Colombia (where I am at right now), I had to cross the border on a bike!

Giuseppe Lidonnici

Giuseppe Lidonnici

Full Stack Engineer

Working with JMIR would allow me to build an open source platform.

I like to work with US companies because they care about the employee and respect the work that they do.

Parth Rai Sharma

Parth Rai Sharma

Software Developer

I firmly believe and align with JMIR's principle of collaborative approach and teamwork. Working at JMIR will allow me to work on and build tools, which will promote open science and free knowledge culture.

Knowledge should be free and accessible to all. Let us make JMIR a well-known platform to promote open science and have fun while doing that.

Bhuvana Marri

Bhuvana Marri

Senior Full Stack Engineer

I have passion to learn and help the industry in a tech-driven way, and JMIR has provided me with an exciting opportunity. I would like to contribute to the idea of publishing professional-reach documents to the public

Outside of work, I like photography, exercise almost everyday, and riding motorcycles. I enjoy long adventurous rides and am a professional mountain hiker.

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.

Tom Nicholls

Tom Nicholls

Technical Writer

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

I love dogs, reading, and baseball.

Godwin Ogbomon

Godwin Ogbomon

IT Support Engineer

I find JMIR's work culture to be dynamic, progressive, and capable of offering a chance to flourish. I applied because I want to learn and grow within a vibrant team, and I believe that JMIR and I would be a perfect match.

The challenges of production are enormous, with the need to struggle with the environment to implement the ideas and develop products that meet the needs of clients, pushing frustration to the brittle point. My passion is to help provide an enabling environment to implement and bring these ideas to reality as well as assist our clients to get the best out of our elegant products. JMIR’s vision was obvious in my research. The organization’s innovative ideas in medical research, information, and delivery intrigue me. The opportunity to join the team and contribute to this innovation is an exciting opportunity for me.

Anudeep Bodugula Murali

Anudeep Bodugula Murali

DevOps Engineer

From my discussion with the team during my interview, I became interested in the position, which appears to be a good challenge.

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 Engineer

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

Smriti Smriti

Smriti Smriti

Quality Engineer

JMIR is a leading organization with wonderful employees. I experienced during the interview sessions that the people are super friendly. Looking forward to working and learning with them.

I am a dreamer. I remember when I was a kid, I used to change my career aim depending on the recent movie I just watched. Of all the options, at the age of 15 years, I decided I wanted to be in the IT industry. In 11th class, I had a choice between Hindi and Computer Science. I chose Computer Science because it was a new subject, and I was studying Hindi since the age of 3 years. The computer lab was very fascinating. C++ was my first computing language. It was magical to see the inputs of my choice printed on the computer screen. From that day to today, I have come very far, and I know this is just the beginning.

Communications, Development, and Knowledge Translation

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!"

Ryan Jessup

Ryan Jessup

Publication Communications Specialist

I work for JMIR Publications because, under the leadership of Dr Gunther Eysenbach, they are transforming scholarly communication, being the fastest-growing open access publisher of peer-reviewed science, technology, and medicine journals. My near-decade experience in expanding author relationships on behalf of global open access publishers includes work building bridges between science and mainstream media channels with press releases, podcast production, YouTube channel management, social media network expansion, and paid advertising. Now, I will be specializing in publication communications on behalf of JMIR's US Branch located in Philadelphia, PA, and I look forward to embodying their passion for science communication and their desire to disrupt scholarly publishing with openness and technology.

I am most noted for my SSP 41 presentation entitled, "Post-Publication Manuscript Promotion: A Small Publisher’s Ability to Rapidly and Widely Disseminate New Results and Scholarship with In-house Techniques." Other works have been highlighted in interviews by Eric Michaels of the eHealth radio network "Launching the Rapamycin Press Medical Blog" and "Top-ten Open-access Podcasts of 2020." Furthermore, I have featured in the following articles: "Law Suits in Science" and "Information Access in the 21st Century: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly."

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.

Finance, Human Resource, and Administration

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)

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)!

Tammy Westbrook

Tammy Westbrook

Senior Human Resources Manager

I have been working in the field of Human Resources for 8+ years, and I could not have chosen a more suitable career for myself. I strongly stand by the statement “leaving people better than I found them,” by implementing HR initiatives that benefit not only the employees but also the organization on all levels.

I am so excited to have teamed up with the JMIR Publications family and be able to do what I love most. Big things are coming!