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Jennifer S. Lin, MD, MCR, FACP

Jennifer Lin, MD, MCR, FACP, is a board-certified practicing general internist in primary care with Northwest Permanente and the director of the Kaiser Permanente Evidence-based Practice Center (KP EPC). The EPC, based at the Center for Health Research, is a collaboration with Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute. She is also a professor in Kaiser Permanente’s School of Medicine, Department of Health Systems Science.

Dr. Lin’s career interests have focused on evidence-based medicine and health care policy in primary and preventive care. She serves as the EPC’s principal investigator on U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) contracts for systematic reviews, methods work, and portfolio management to support the USPSTF recommendation process. She is recognized by her peers as an expert in systematic review methodology, evidence-based medicine, and clinical prevention.  Dr. Lin has significant experience conducting reviews on prevention in primary care, complex interventions, behavioral counseling, care of older adults, cancer screening, and prognosis and risk prediction, as well as genomic testing. She has led and consulted on methods work centered on health equity, evaluation of medical tests, and applied evidence reviews for health systems, guideline groups, and other decision-makers. She and her group have also conducted a number of rapid evidence products for Kaiser Permanente.

Dr. Lin serves on the American College of Physicians Clinical Guidelines Committee and its Methods Subgroup, and as a non-voting member on Kaiser Permanente’s National Guidelines Committee.

Dr. Lin obtained her medical degree at New York University (NYU) School of Medicine. She subsequently completed both a residency and chief residency in internal medicine at NYU-Bellevue Hospital. She completed fellowships in evidence-based health care at Oxford University and in health services research at the Portland Veterans Administration Medical Center. She joined the Center for Health Research in 2007.

Selected Current Studies

  • 2021-2024 Systematic Evidence Reviews to Support the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. These recommendations will focus on preventive services such as screening, behavioral counseling, and chemoprevention. (AHRQ)
  • 2020-2025 Methods and Dissemination: Collaboration to Improve Validity, Consistency, and Utility of Systematic Reviews. Collaborate with other EPCs on advancing systematic review methods and work to improve consistency of EPC systematic reviews by implementation of established EPC methods standards and other EPC polices and processes. (AHRQ)
  • 2020-2025 Ongoing Technical Support to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: The Use of Rapid Review Methods for the USPSTF; Provide ongoing technical assistance to the USPSTF in the areas of methods, workgroups, recommendation statements, translation of research, and portfolio coordination. (AHRQ)
  • 2020-2021 Scientific Resource Center to Support the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: Support and coordinate some of the governing functions of the USPSTF and many of the activities associated with all USPSTF topics, including administration, horizon scanning, topic nomination and development, and methods development. (AHRQ)

Selected Publications

  • Lin JS, Hoffman L, Bean SI, et al. Addressing Racism in Preventive Services: Methods Report to Support the US Preventive Services Task Force. JAMA Published online November 08, 2021. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.17579
  • Lin JS, Perdue LA, Henrikson NB, Bean SI, Blasi PR. Screening for Colorectal Cancer: Updated Evidence Report and Systematic Review for the US Preventive Services Task Force. JAMA 2021 May 18;325(19):1978-1998. doi: 10.1001/jama.2021.4417. PMID: 34003220
  • Lin JS, Murad MH, Leas B, Treadwell JR, Chou R, Ivlev I, Kansagara D. A Narrative Review and Proposed Framework for Using Health System Data with Systematic Reviews to Support Decision-Making. J Gen Intern Med 2020 Jun; 35(6):1830-1835. PMID: 32239462
  • Lin JS, Mustafa RA, Wilt TJ, Horwitch CA, Qaseem A. Screening for Breast Cancer in Average-Risk Women. Ann Intern Med 2019 Sep 17;171(6):451-452. PMID: 31525749
  • Lin JS, Evans CV, Johnson E, Redmond N, Coppola EL, Smith N. Nontraditional Risk Factors in Cardiovascular Disease Risk Assessment: Updated Evidence Report and Systematic Review for the US Preventive Services Task Force. JAMA 2018; 320(3):281-297. PMID: 29998301
  • Lin JS, Petitti DB, Burda BU. Overview of Prostate Cancer Screening Decision Models: A Contextual Review for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. AHRQ Publication No. 17-05229-EF-2. Rockville (MD): Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (US); 2018 May.
  • Lin JS, Evans CV, Glinrossman DC, Tseng CW, Krist AH. Framework for using risk-stratification to improve clinical preventive service guidelines. Am J Prev Med 2018 Jan;54(1S1):S26-S37. PMID: 29254523
  • Petitti DB, Lin JS, Owens DK, Croswell JM, Feuer EJ. Collaborative modeling: Experience of the United States Preventive Services Task Force. Am J Prev Med 2018 Jan;54( (1S1):S53-S62. PMID: 29254526
  • Patnode CD, Eder ML, Walsh ES, Viswanathan M, Lin JS. The use of rapid review methods for the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.Am J Prev Med 2018 Jan;54(1S1):S19-S25. PMID: 29254522
  • Lin JS, Thompson M, Goddard KA, Piper MA, Heneghan C, Whitlock EP. Evaluating genomic tests from bench to bedside: A practical framework. BMC Med Inform Decis Mak. 2012 Oct 19;12:117.

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