David is a senior scientist, Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, where he directs the Centre for Journalology. David is also an Associate Professor, School of Epidemiology and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, the University of Ottawa, where he holds a University Research Chair. David received an MSc in epidemiology and PhD in clinical epidemiology and biostatistics.
David has been involved in developing the science of how to optimally conduct and report systematic reviews for most of his professional career. Another part of his research has focused on how best to develop reporting guidelines. He spearheaded the development of the CONSORT statement and the PRISMA statement. He has been actively involved in the development of many other reporting guidelines and is part of the EQUATOR Network.
David leads an active program investigating very low-quality journals (e.g., deceptive predatory journals and publishers). More recently he led a program to develop core competencies for scientific journal editors. He is actively developing a program to investigate alternatives to current incentives and rewards in academic medicine.
David has been recognized five times, including 2018, as one of the most highly cited researchers in the world by Clarivate Analytics (Thomson Reuters), and is founding editor-in-chief of the journal, Systematic Reviews.