Who we are

Key members of the Group are:

Professor Martin Burton, Joint Co-ordinating Editor, is Director of Cochrane UK, Professor of Otorhinolaryngology at the University of Oxford and Consultant Otolaryngologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford. 

Professor Anne Schilder, Joint Co-ordinating Editor, is NIHR Research Professor, Director of evidENT, UCL Ear Institute and Professor of Otorhinolaryngology at the UCL Ear Institute and University Medical Center Utrecht. Professor Schilder is also a Visiting Professor at Oxford University and Macquirie University, Sydney.

It is the responsibility of the Co-ordinating Editors to guarantee the overall functioning of Cochrane ENT. They must raise the resources necessary to establish a stable editorial base, and must have the necessary social, managerial, scientific and editorial skills to maintain the group.  They spend a significant amount of time supporting the Managing Editor and the rest of the Editorial Team in their work. 

Jenny Bellorini, Managing Editor

Jenny co-ordinates the editorial activities of Cochrane ENT and takes overall responsibility for the smooth running and output of the editorial base. She manages the editorial process for systematic reviews by advising, supporting and organising authors, managing our peer review and feedback processes, and editing/copy editing and submitting work for publication. She is involved in the development of Cochrane ENT standards, policies and guidance resources and the prioritisation of ENT reviews. She liaises with all of our stakeholders, contractors and funders and is the first point of contact for the group.

Samantha Cox, Information Specialist and Assistant Managing Editor

Sam provides advice and support to review authors on all aspects of search methodology. She prepares the search section in review protocols, including designing and testing search strategies, and she conducts the searches for all new reviews and review updates. In addition, Sam is responsible for maintaining and regularly updating a Specialised Register of clinical trials relating to ear, nose and throat disorders and head and neck cancers in the Cochrane Register of Studies and submitting these to CENTRAL. Sam also supports Jenny in co-ordinating the activities of Cochrane ENT. Sam also works one day a week for the Cochrane Central Executive Team, providing support to other Cochrane Information Specialists.


Cochrane ENT obtains support from 10 editors who play a vital role in the internal refereeing process and in the development of group policies:

Lito Acuin is a Consultant Otolaryngologist and Epidemiologist from the Philippines who is invaluable in reminding us that the problems ENT patients face in his part of the world are often very different to the ones seen in Oxford.

Remco de Bree is an Otolaryngologist/Head and Neck Surgeon and Professor of Clinical Oncological Research at the VU University Medical Center in Amsterdan, The Netherlands

Richard Harvey is a Consultant Rhinologist based in New South Wales, Australia. He provides specialist editorial support for our rhinology reviews.

Adrian James is a Consultant Otolaryngologist at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, Canada.

Stephen O'Leary is a Consultant Otolaryngologist at The Royal Victorian Eye & Ear Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

Richard Rosenfeld is Chairman of Otolaryngology at Long Island College Hospital and Professor of Otolaryngology at SUNY Downstate, New York, USA.

Maroeska Rovers is an Epidemiologist and Professor in Evidence-Based Surgery from Radboud UMC in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. Professor Rovers is our DTA editor.

Cecelia Schmalbach is Associate Professor of Surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine, specialising in head and neck oncology and microvascular surgery.

Roderick Venekamp is a general practitioner and Assistant Professor at the Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care, University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Associate Editors

Melissa Pynnonen is an Associate Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology, University of Michigan, USA and currently serving as the Director of Otolaryngology Health Services Research and Executive Director of Otolaryngology, Livonia Campus.

Kornkiat Snidvongs is an otolaryngologist at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

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