PCORI invites scientists, patients, and other stakeholders, to serve as merit reviewers of applications submitted for PCORI funding. By participating in this vital area of our funding process, reviewers help PCORI to fulfill its promise of research done differently.
All reviewers, whether scientists, patients, or other stakeholders, are crucial to the thorough and in-depth review of PCORI funding applications and contribute a perspective that enhances the quality of the review. The dynamic discussions at the in-person review meetings help support PCORI’s mission to fund research and related projects that are rigorous and useful for patients, their families, and the healthcare community.
The following videos capture experiences and insights from our diverse community of reviewers and will help provide information to those interested in learning more about PCORI Merit Reviewers:
|Mike Stoto: Scientific Reviewer
Michael Stoto, PhD, is an epidemiologist, statistician, and health services researcher at Georgetown University. Stoto became a PCORI reviewer because he welcomed the challenge of ensuring that research truly addresses patient concerns.
|Michael Shannon: Patient Reviewer
A caregiver from Los Angeles, Calif. Michael Shannon retired early from the Los Angeles Unified School District to support his wife, who has breast cancer and chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Shannon decided to become a reviewer to improve the healthcare system so that it works better for patients.
|Namratha Kandula: Scientific Reviewer
Namratha Kandula, MD, MPH, is an assistant professor of Medicine, General Internal Medicine, and Geriatrics at Northwestern University. Kandula became a PCORI reviewer to see what solutions to healthcare issues would look like if patients and other stakeholders were involved throughout the process.
|Ken Kleinman: Scientific Reviewer
Ken Kleinman, ScD, is a biostatistician and associate professor in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Kleinman became a PCORI reviewer to help advance research that considers the patient perspective throughout the review process.
|Brooke Butler: Patient Reviewer
A patient from New York, Brooke Butler has a rare autoimmune disease. Her personal experience with healthcare inspired her to become a reviewer.
|Steven Marcus: Stakeholder Reviewer
Steven Marcus, PhD, is an epidemiologist and mental health services researcher with the University of Pennsylvania. Marcus was interested in becoming a reviewer because of PCORI's uniquely patient-centered approach to research.
|Julie Crook: Scientific Reviewer
Julia Crook, PhD, is a biostatistician from Jacksonville, FL. Crook regularly collaborates with physicians and researchers and decided to become a reviewer because of her interest in patient-centered outcomes research.
|Kori Jones: Patient Reviewer
A mother of three from Ann Arbor, MI, Kori Jones decided to become a reviewer to increase the influence of patients and caregivers in research design. Her youngest child was born with a rare chromosome abnormality for which there is no cure.