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Six NUCATS Members Among Most Highly Cited Researchers

Each year, Clarivate Analytics releases a list of highly cited researchers who have “demonstrated significant and broad influence, reflected in the publication of multiple papers frequently cited by their peers during the last decade.” The most recent list includes six members of the Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, among them, Sanjiv Shah, MD, the Neil J. Stone, MD, Professor of Cardiology.

"Recognition for being among the most highly cited researchers in the world is an honor," says Shah. "It means that the work we are doing in my lab and through research collaborations is having an impact and hopefully advancing the field of heart failure, which is the focus of my work. There is no perfect metric to judge scientific impact, and ultimately it is the impact that we have on the lives of our patients and the health of our society that is most important."

NUCATS members who made the list in 2021, their appointment at the medical school, and the category they were identified in are listed below:

  • Brian Mustanski, PhD, Medical Social Sciences in Social Sciences
  • Clyde W. Yancy, MD, MSc, Medicine (Cardiology) in CrossField
  • David Cella, PhD, Medical Social Sciences in Social Sciences
  • Donald M. Lloyd-Jones, MD, ScM, Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology) in Clinical Medicine
  • Philip Greenland, MD, Preventive Medicine (Epidemiology) in Cross-Field
  • Sanjiv J. Shah, MD, Medicine (Cardiology) in Clinical Medicine


I’m proud that the science I produce in collaboration with a creative and dedicated team is some of the most read and used in the world. ”

Brian Mustanski, PhD, Medical Social Sciences

“The important thing to me is that my research informs policy and practice in ways that improve the health and wellbeing of the LGBTQ community and other groups where structural disadvantage creates health inequities,” says Brian Mustanski, PhD. “I’m proud that the science I produce in collaboration with a creative and dedicated team is some of the most read and used in the world. I think it aligns with other metrics showing that internationally LGBTQ health research is on the rise and Northwestern is a global leader in this important area.”   

Clarivate evaluated papers that were published and cited from 2010 to 2020 and ranked in the top 1 percent by citations for the field and year. A total of 6,602 highly cited researchers were identified in 2021, with 3,744 in specific fields and 2,828 for cross-field performance. Twenty-seven Northwestern researchers are included on the 2021 list and represent departments across the university. This year, Northwestern is one of six universities to increase more than 10 places in the top 50 list of institutions from which the highly cited researchers hail (currently at 39th). The specific fields that Clarivate Analytics utilizes for classification are the 21 fields that are delineated in the Essential Science Indicators (ESI), a database focused on emerging science trends that is updated every two months and contains a 10-year rolling file. 

"I have benefited greatly during my 15 years on faculty at Northwestern from the open, collaborative culture of our medical school, which has been a major factor underlying the productivity of my lab," says Shah. "In addition, much of my most important research has been possible due to the hard work and ingenuity of my many mentees, who have been outstanding over the years."

View the full report on Highly Cited Researchers for 2021.

Written by Annette Mendoza and Roger Anderson

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