November 24, 2014
Department of Health Care Policy faculty members Michael Chernew, PhD, Ronald Kessler, PhD, Bruce Landon, MD, MBA, and Alan Zaslavsky, PhD have been named to the Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers List, a compilation of researchers whose papers rank in the top 1 percent by citations for the years 2002-2012. Reuters created the list in an effort to identify the world’s most influential scientific minds. The list includes roughly 3,200 researchers who have published papers across 21 broadly-defined fields of science and social science.
The 2014 list is an update to the original Highly Cited Researchers list, which was published in 2001. Ronald Kessler was the only HCP researcher to be included in both 2001 and 2014. The updated list was developed using Reuters’ Web of Science and InCites platforms to determine which researchers are most cited by their peers.
Basil Moftah, president of Thomson Reuters IP & Science, said of the list, “Science and innovation are strong drivers of the future – and these people are making that future come to life…the global nature of the study highlights the countries, institutions and researchers on the cutting edge of science. It’s our mission at Thomson Reuters to support these individuals as they advance innovation globally.”
Drs. Chernew and Landon were included for papers written in the General Social Sciences field, while Drs. Kessler and Zaslavsky were acknowledged by peers in the Psychology/Psychiatry field.
Michael E. Chernew, PhD, Leonard D. Schaeffer Professor of Health Care Policy, has authored over 150 peer-reviewed publications on topics including how to control health care spending growth while improving the quality of care, payment reform, and the causes and consequences of rising health care spending. Dr. Chernew is a member of the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisers and of the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on National Statistics. He is also the former Vice Chair of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). Dr. Chernew has recently secured a department-wide grant from the Arnold Foundation and is the PI on the project.
Bruce Landon, MD, MBA, MSc is a Professor of Health Care Policy and Professor of Medicine at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where he practices internal medicine. Dr. Landon has authored over 150 publications, many of which are on his primary research interest: assessing the impact of different characteristics of physicians and health care organizations on physician behavior and the provision of health care services. He has developed a theoretical model to explain how healthcare organizations affect the quality of care and is involved in several projects that will help describe and quantify the impact of a variety of organizational characteristics and strategies. Dr. Landon is a PI on a major grant from the National Institute on Aging that seeks to study the impact of physician financial incentives and other factors on the costs and intensity of care for Medicare beneficiaries.
Ronald Kessler, PhD, is the McNeil Family Professor of Health Care Policy and is well known for his epidemiological work concerning the social determinants of mental health and illness. Dr. Kessler is a prolific researcher, having authored more than 640 peer-reviewed publications over the course of his career. Dr. Kessler is currently the PI of the US National Comorbidity Survey, which captures the prevalence and correlates of mental disorders; the PI of the Army STARRS, a research program of risk/protective factors for suicide among Army personnel; and a co-director of WHO World Mental Health (WMH) Survey initiative concerning prevalence and correlates of mental disorders and treatment for these disorders in 28 countries.
Alan Zaslavsky, PhD, Professor of Health Care Policy, has written over 260 publications on both his methodological research interests and his health policy and services research interests. Dr. Zaslavsky’s areas of methodological interest include surveys, census methodology, microsimulation models, missing data, hierarchical modeling, small-area estimation, and applied Bayesian methodology, while his health policy research focuses primarily on developing methodology for quality measurement of health plans and providers and understanding the implications of these quality measurements.
All four HCP faculty members were included on the Highly Cited Researchers list for their consistently exceptional research and the acknowledgment by their peers of their innovative and vital contributions to their respective fields.