International Adjunct Associate Professor

Education Background

PhD (Western University)

MSc(HTA&M) (University of Montreal)

PharmD(University of Toronto)

BSc(Phm) (University of Toronto)                


Research Field
Evidence-based decision-making, Contextual factors impacting decision-making, Hospital-Based Health Technology Assessment, Evidence Synthesis

Prof. Janet 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, Prof. Martin implemented HiTEC (High Impact Technology Evaluation Centre), the first hospital-based health technology assessment (HB-HTA) unit in Ontario, Canada. To allow hospital leadership to place their healthcare decisions into their unique institutional context, Prof. Martin developed and implemented the Know4Go Framework which integrates evidence + economics + ethics + ‘everything else’ that matters. She co-founded the MEDICI Centre at Western University in Canada 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. 

Prof. 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. Prof. 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. Prof. 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. Prof. Martin is Contributor for the WFSA Utstein Meeting on Indicators and Reporting Criteria for Surgery, Obstetrics and Anaesthesia Patient Safety.

Academic Publications

Selected Publications

1. COVIDSurg Collaborative, GlobalSurg Collaborative. Effects of pre-operative isolation on postoperative pulmonary complications after elective surgery: an international prospective cohort study. Anaesthesia (in press).

2. COVIDSurg Collaborative (J Martin, Writing Group). SARS-CoV-2 infection and venous thromboembolism after surgery: an international prospective cohort study. Anaesthesia (in press).

3. COVIDSurg Collaborative. Machine learning risk prediction of mortality for patients undergoing surgery with perioperative SARS-CoV-2: the COVIDSurg Mortality Score. Br J Surg 2021

4. Jones PM, Martin J. Increasing reproducibility of research will reduce the problem of apophenia (and more). Can J Anesth May 7. doi: 10.1007/s12630-021-02006-1.

 5. COVIDSurg Collaborative, GlobalSurg Collaborative (J Martin). SARS-CoV-2 vaccination to support safe surgery during the pandemic: a modelling study using data from an international prospective cohort study. Br J Surg article/doi/10.1093/bjs/znab101/6182412 a. This study was covered widely in the media, including my interview for radio, newspaper, and television i. ii. iii.

 6. Marcus H, Rovers M, Bennett A, Martin J, McCulloch P. IDEAL-D framework for device innovation: A consensus statement on the preclinical stage. Ann Surg 2021  Apr

7. Doi: 10.1097/SLA.0000000000004907. 7. COVIDSurg Collaborative, GlobalSurg Collaborative (Martin J). Timing of surgery following SARS-C oV-2 infection: an international prospective cohort study. Anaesthesia 2021  doi: 10.1111/anae.15458

8. Davies JI, Gelb AW, Gore-Booth J, Martin J (Utstein Global Surgery Indicators Writing Group); Mellin-Olsen J, Åkerman C, Ameh EA, Biccard BM, Braut GS, Chu K, Derbew M, Ersdal, HL, Guzman JM, Hagander L, HaylockLoor, C, Holmer H, Johnson, W, Juran S, Kassebaum, NJ, Laerdal T, Leather AJ, Lipnick MS, Ljungman D, Makasa EMM, Meara JG, Newton, M.W, Østergaard D, Reynolds T, Romanzi LJ, Santhirapala V, Shrime, M.G.; Søreide K, Steinholt M, Suzuki E, Varallo, JE, Visser GH, Watters D, Weiser TG. Global Surgery, Obstetric, and Anesthesia Indicator Definitions and Reporting: An Utstein Consensus Report. Preprints 2021, 2021040061 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202104.0061.v1). (Co-primary author, writing group member) Plos Med (in press)

9. COVIDSurg Collaborative (Martin J). UK head and neck cancer surgical capacity during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic – have we learned the lessons?  Clinical Otolaryngology 2021 doi: 10.22541/au.161330251.12938799/v1  My role: To contribute to study data interpretation, and to review the manuscript.

10. Li Z*, Dawson E, Moodie M, Martin J, Bagur R, Cheng D, Kiaii B, John-Baptiste A. Measurement and prognosis of frail patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation: a systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ Open 2021 a. My role: To contribute to methodology, data interpretation, and review the manuscript.