Wayne Health doctor top in their field in new ranking of scientific impact
January 16, 2021
Two Wayne State University School of Medicine faculty members have been recognized as among the world’s top 2% of scholars in their field in a study conducted by a group of experts.
Jack D. Sobel, M.D., professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, and former dean of the School of Medicine, and Ananda Prasad, M.D., Ph.D., professor of Internal Medicine, were identified in the study as among the leading scholars in their fields.
The study, “Updated science-wide author databases of standardized citation indicators,” published recently in the journal PLOS Biology, used a composite indicator based on six citation metrics to rank the scientists.
John Ioannidis, M.D., professor of Medicine, and of Epidemiology and Population Health, at Stanford University, compiled data from 1996 to 2019 in the Scopus database, the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. He then created a database of 100,000 top scientists based on information on citations, productivity and impact or h-index, co-authorship adjusted hm-index and other factors. He classified the researchers into 22 scientific fields and 176 sub-fields.
Dr. Sobel is a WSU distinguished professor and longtime faculty member of the School of Medicine, who in addition to serving as dean of the School of Medicine, was chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases and associate chair of Research for the Department of Internal Medicine. He also served as chair of Internal Medicine before he was named dean.
Also a professor of Immunology and Microbiology, and of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Sobel is one of the world’s foremost authorities on bacterial vaginosis. Widely published, he has been involved in basic science, translational and clinical research since the inception of his Infectious Diseases Research Fellowship in 1976 at the National Institutes of Health Laboratory of Clinical Investigation. He has served as a consultant for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s special committee for recommending guidelines for the treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. He also served as president of the Michigan Infectious Diseases Society from 1997 to 1999, and is a member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and its Practice Guidelines Committee.
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