Dr. Riley is experienced in medical publishing, primarily following health research reporting guidelines. In 2011, he co-led the development of CARE — health research reporting guidelines for case reports and subsequently developed online training programs following CARE: (1) Scientific Writing in Health and Medicine, and (2) CARE-writer.

Professional Narrative

David Riley began medical school at Georgetown University Medical School in 1979 and is board certified in Internal Medicine. He has been a medical editor since 1995 and is currently a senior editor with The Permanente Journal (TPJ) published by Kaiser-Permanente.

Selected Publications & Presentations

Riley DS, Barber MS, Kienle GS, Aronson JK, von Schoen - Angerer T, Tugwell P, Kiene H, Helfand M, Altman DG, Sox H, Werthmann PG, Moher D, Rison RA, Shamseer L, Koch CA, Sun GH, Hanaway P, Sudak NL, Kaszkin-Bettag M, Carpenter JE, Gagnier JJ. CARE 2013 Explanation and Elaborations: Reporting Guidelines for Case Reports. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology 2017 Sep; 89:218 - 235. doi: 10.1016/jclinepi.2017.04.026. Epub 2017 May 18. PMID: 2859185

Gagnier J, Kienle G, Altman DG, Moher D, Sox H, Riley DS, and the Care Group. The CARE Guidelines: Consensus - based Clinical Case Reporting Guideline Development. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology;67(1):46 - 51. Simultaneously published in BMJ Case Reports, Deutsche Ärtzeblatt, Headache, Global Advances, Journal of Dietary Supplements, and the Journal of Medical Case Reports (BMC).

Witt C, Aickin M, Baca T, Cherkin D, Haan M, Hammerschlag R, Hao J, Kaplan G, Lao L, McKay T, Pierce B, Riley DS, Ritenbaugh C, Thorpe K, Tunis S, Weissberg J, Berman B. Effectiveness Guidance Document (EGD) for Acupuncture Research - A Consensus Document for Conducting Trials. BMC CAM 2012,12:148.

Riley DS, Anderson R, Blair JC, Crouch S, Meeker W, Shannon S, Sudak N, Thornton L, Low Dog T. The Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine and Evolution of Integrative Medicine Practice, Education, and Fellowships. IMCJ-2016; 15(1):38 - 41.

Riley DS. Editorial: Maps, "Big Data", and Case Reports. Glob Adv Health and Med. 2012,3:5 - 7

Riley DS, Moher D. Ed.: When to disbelieve the believable. Altern Ther Health Med. 2002 Sep - Oct;8(5): 36-7.

Member of the CONSORT group and contributor to: The CONSORT Statement: Revised Recommendations for Improving the Quality of Reports of Parallel - Group Randomized Trials. Moher D, Schulz K, and Altman D, the CONSORT Group. JAMA 2001; 285: 1987-1991. (Publications in Lancet, Annals of Internal Medicine, and JAMA).


Case Report Writing following the CARE guidelines


Board Certified in Internal medicine 1987

Personal Narrative

David Riley is board certified in Internal Medicine and attended Georgetown University and the University of Utah medical schools. Currently, he is editor with The Permanente Journal (TPJ) and actively involved in scientific publishing with the Council of Science Editors (CSE). He participated in the development of health research reporting guidelines; in 2000 with CONSORT (randomized controlled trials). and CARE (case reports) in 2011. Published in the Journal of Clinical Epidemiology in 2013 and 2017, the CARE guidelines are now available in multiple languages and accepted as a standard for the publication of case reports in scientific journals. Dr. Riley has been the editor in chief of three peer reviewed, indexed medical journals since 1995 and worked with The EQUATOR Network, an international academic library of health research reporting guidelines. The Equator Network was founded in 2006 at Oxford University in the UK.

Dr. Riley teaches medical writing and publishing internationally with a focus on case reports. He developed Scientific Writing in Health and Medicine (SWIHM) in 2017, which offers online training in writing case reports following CARE, and CARE-writer, an online app for authors writing case reports.

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