The purpose of the Section on Evidence-Based Health Care is to enhance the health of the public and the quality of life of individuals through scientifically-sound, cost-effective individualized care. 

The Section was established in 2009 and has a multidisciplinary membership comprising physicians, nurses, and librarians. Section activities focus on health care supported by the best available clinical evidence allowing for engagement with health care providers, public health professionals, health care administrators, public policy makers, and health information brokers in their roles as intermediaries to patients and their families. Through established collaborations with individuals and institutions within the U.S., Canada and Brazil the section is positioned to contribute to a global urban health perspective.

One of the Section’s major initiatives has been the "Teaching Evidence Assimilation for Collaborative Healthcare" (TEACH) program, which has run annually since 2010. TEACH is for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, administrators, librarians and other health care professionals. It utilizes small group learning supplemented by plenary sessions. Attendees may enroll in one of three levels, each of which is led by internationally recognized and acclaimed faculty:

Level 1: Foundations of EBC
Level 2: Policies and Recommendations for EBC
Level 3: Implementing EBC
Note: One group within Level #2 will focus exclusively on the GRADE system

For more information on the Section on Evidence Based Health Care and the TEACH Program, visit the section’s website at

If you would like to become a member of the Section on Evidence Based Health Care, please email

Section Website

Section Officers

Arlene Smaldone, PhD, CPNP, CDE (Co-Chair)
Associate Professor of Nursing, Columbia University

Peter Charles Wyer, MD (Co-Chair)
Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons

Michael N. Cantor, MD, MA FACP (Treasurer)
Director of Clinical Research Informatics and Associate Professor (Clinical) of Medicine and Population Health, New York University School of Medicine

Sharron Close, PhDMS, CPNP- PC (Secretary)
Post Doctoral Research Fellow, Emory University School of Nursing

See the Fellows Directory for a list of all section members.