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Cushman, Page and Tracy Rank in Top 1% for Research Paper Citations in 2018

December 10, 2018 by Jennifer Nachbur

University of Vermont biomedical scientists Mary Cushman, M.D., M.Sc., Richard Page, M.D., and Russell Tracy, Ph.D., are among the most Highly Cited Researchers in 2018, according to a recently-released report compiled by Clarivate Analytics.

Dean Richard L. Page, M.D., Russell Tracy, Ph.D., and Mary Cushman, M.D., M.Sc.

What’s it like to be in the top one percent? In the world of scientific influencers, University of Vermont biomedical scientists Mary Cushman, M.D., M.Sc., Richard Page, M.D., and Russell Tracy, Ph.D., have first-hand knowledge. They are among the most Highly Cited Researchers in 2018, according to a recently-released report compiled by Clarivate Analytics. 

According to Clarivate Analytics, Highly Cited Researchers are selected for their exceptional research performance, a status determined by the publication of multiple highly-cited research articles that rank in the top one percent by citations for their field in the Web of Science – a scientific citation indexing service maintained by Clarivate Analytics. Researchers are selected for their exceptional performance in once or more of 21 fields used in the Essential Science Indicators. Field categories include Agricultural Sciences; Biology & Biochemstry; Chemistry; Clinical Medicine (Cushman and Page); Computer Science; Cross-Fields (Tracy); Economics & Business; Engineering; Environment/Ecology; Geosciences; Immunology; Materials Science; Mathematics; Microbiology; Molecular Biology & Genetics; Neuroscience & Behavior; Pharmacology & Toxicology; Physics; Plant & Animal Science; Psychiatry/Psychology; Social Sciences; and Space Science. Tracy’s category – “Cross-Field” – is new this year and identifies researchers with substantial influence across several fields during 2006-2016.

Both Cushman, a professor of medicine and pathology & laboratory medicine, and Tracy, a professor of pathology & laboratory medicine, and biochemistry, conduct research and publish as key investigators on a number of longitudinal health studies, including the Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS), Multi-Ethnic Study of Atheroslerosis (MESA), and Cardiovascular Health Study, among others.

Cushman, who is also the medical director of the thrombosis and hemostasis program at the UVM Medical Center, is editor-in-chief of the newest journal of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis – Research and Practice in Thrombosis and Haemostasis – and is on the Board of Directors of UVM Cardiovascular Research Institute (CVRI). Recently Cushman was awarded the American Heart Association’s Population Research Prize. She is an international expert on the epidemiology of coagulation, inflammation, and other vascular-related domains in relation to etiology and pathogenesis of stroke, cognitive impairment, cardiovascular diseases, and other diseases of aging and has been a recipient of continuous National Institutes of Health funding for more than 20 years. 

Page, the dean of the Larner College of Medicine and a professor of medicine, has extensive research expertise in the areas of cardiac arrhythmias and sudden cardiac arrest and has published more than 200 research articles and book chapters. He has served on numerous national committees, including the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Guidelines Task Force and as Chair of the Circulatory Devices Panel of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Page, who is a Fellow of the American Heart Association and former chair of the AHA’s Council on Clinical Cardiology (CLDC), recently received the CLDC’s Distinguished Achievement Award. In addition being a Fellow of the Heart Rhythm Society, where he served as both a board member and president, Page is past-President of the Association of Professors of Cardiology and is a Councilor of the Association of Professors of Medicine.

Tracy – who was previously recognized as one of the 400 most highly influential biomedical researchers between 1996-2011 based on data obtained from Elsevier – is the recipient of several international research awards, including the 2015 Distinguished Scientist Award from the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. He is an expert in the field of coagulation, inflammation and adaptive immune systems in cardiovascular disease (CVD), and other chronic diseases, and has made major contributions to our understanding of inflammation in atherosclerosis and as a major cause of CVD and non-CVD morbidity and mortality in “well-controlled” HIV infected individuals. He is a distinguished investigator if the CVRI, and has been consistently funded by the NIH for more than 35 years.

Cushman and Tracy lead a large research laboratory and mentor UVM graduate students in the clinical and translational science and public health programs, postdoctoral students, as well as medical students and residents and fellows in UVM Medical Center training programs.

View the Highly Cited Researchers 2018 list.

Department Highlights

Dr. Debra Leonard, M.D., Ph. D., our department chairand the Genomic Medicine Team announce the start of the Genomic Population Health Initiative. A pilot project offering Genomic DNA Testing is now underway within the University of Vermont Health Network. Read more here... (2019)

Dr. William Pendlebury, M.D., professor emeritus of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, has been selected to receive the 2019 Vermont Medical Society’s (VMS) Founders’ Award. The award recognizes Pendlebury’s leadership role and advocacy in “the fight for the diagnosis and treatment of dementia in Vermont for the past 35 years.” He will receive the award November 2 at the VMS 206th Annual Meeting in Stowe, Vt.(2019)

Yvone Janssen-Heininger, Ph.D., Jos van der Velden, Ph.D. (both Pathology & Laboratory Medicine faculty) and senior author, Charles Irvin, Ph.D. (Medicine), published "The Effect of Flavored E-cigarettes on Murine Allergic Airways Disease" in Nature Scientific Reports. The study has been cited in stories by several news outlets: U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay; American Journal of Managed Care; Medical News Bulletin; and Medical Daily. (2019)

Dr. Mark Fung, M.D, Ph.D., professor and vice chair for Population Health, was recently named to the board of directors for the Project Santa Fe Foundation, which “focuses on demonstrating the power of longitudinal clinical laboratory data to proactively augment population health in a value-based healthcare environment.” (2019)


Dr. Bronwyn Bryant, M.D. was named a 2019 Frymoyer Scholar for her project, “Validating Entrustable Professional Activity-Based Assessment to Determine On-Call Competency in Pathology Residents”. (2019)


Dr. Rebecca Wilcox, M.DDr. Rebecca Wilcox, M.D. was selected, by the Larner College of Medicine Class of 2019, to be the commencement keynote speaker. Read more... [Photo credit: Andy Duback 2019] (2019)

Please join Dr. Yvonne Janssen-Heininger in congratulating Allison Manuel and Evan Elko

Dr. Allison Manuel is a post-doctoral fellow in our group.  Her abstract to be presented at the American Thoracic Society conference was chosen to receive an Abstract Scholarship . The scholarship includes a full In-Training Registration to the 2019 ATS International Conference in Dallas, Texas.  

Evan Elko is a PhD student. He just received notice that his F31 NIH application entitled: “Role of peroxiredoxin-4 in Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis”  will be funded.

Congratulations to Evan and Allison.


Department alumni, Dr. Bobbi Pritt, M.D. featured in Vermont Medicine Magazine. To read her story click on the photo below.




Dr's Leonard and HuberA Remarkable Gift from Dr. Sally Huber, Ph.D.

At the end of last week's Research Day, Dr. Leonard gave a surprise announcement: a very generous bequethment of $5 million by research faculty emerita, Dr. Sally Huber! The funds will go toward two endowed professorships for junior investigators in our department. The endowments will be named for her parents, Elmer R. Huber and Blodwen S. Huber, and will support junior research faculty for five years.(9/2018)

This amazing support will allow junior faculty time and funds to gain independence while pursuing the milestone achievement of being awarded their first R01 grant.

Heintz Awarded 2018 Distinguised Graduate Alumni Award

Dr. Nick Heintz, Ph.D. received the 2018 UVM Medical Alumni Association’s Distinguished Graduate Alumni Award​, which is presented to Larner College of Medicine (LCOM) alumni who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in basic, clinical or applied research; education; industry; public service/humanitarianism; and/or outstanding commitment to the LCOM community.

He accepted his award at the college's Celebrating Research Excellence event at the end of October. (September 2018)

Kida Received Certificate of Commendation

Dr. Kida receives award from the State of more here. (August 2018)

Leonard and Committee Publish Through National Academies Press

Dr. Debra Leonard, along with a committee under the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, ​published "Returning Individual Research Results to Participants: Guidance for a New Research Paradigm" through The National Academies Press, Washington, D.C., 2018 (Committee Member). (August 2018)

Excellence in Education

The Larner College of Medicine’s second year medical students nominate and elect faculty who they want to recognize for their outstanding teaching and support over their first years of the Foundations education. (February 2018)

Pathology nominees (winners in bold):

AMWA Gender Equity Award  - Pamela Gibson; Sharon Mount; Rebecca Wilcox

Dean Warhsaw Integration Award - Rebecca Wilcox

Silver Stethoscope Award - Scott Andreson; Maureen Harmon; John Lunde

Above and Beyond Award - Ronald Bryant; Rebecca Wilcox

Foundations Course Director Award -Rebecca Wilcox

Outstanding Foundations Course Award

  • Cardiovascular, Respiratory & Renal Systems: (Ron Bryant; Kelly Butnor; and Pam Gibson are the primary pathologists in each section of the course, respectively)
  • Nutrition, Metabolism & the Gastrointestinal System: Course Director is Rebecca Wilcox

Foundations Teaching Award - Ronald Bryant; Pamela Gibson; Rebecca Wilcox; Christina Wojewoda

Dr. Yvonne Janssen-Heininger Receives Patent

Yvonne Janssen-Heinger was awarded a patent on the ​concept that strategies to inhibit GSTP has utility for the treatment of patients with pulmonary fibrosis. Congratulations, Yvonne! (January 2018)

Drs. Bronwyn Bryant and Phillip Munson inducted into the Teaching Academy

Last week Bronwyn and Phillip were inducted into University of Vermont's Teaching Academy. The Teaching Academy sustains and supports an interdisciplinary community of educators who value the scholarship of teaching and learning while facilitating educator development; improve the efficiency and quality of medical education through collaboration and scholarship; and promote an academic environment that increases the value and impact of educators locally, regionally, and nationally. (January 2018)