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Pitt’s Neurological Surgery Department Ranks High in Academic Output

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 30, 2010 – The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Department of Neurological Surgery ranked first in academic output in top-tier specialty journals among all departments of neurosurgery across the United States and Canada, according to a study published recently in the Journal of Neurosurgery.

Researchers from the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix and the neurosurgery division of the University of Toronto applied the h index, which reflects the number of papers and citations of an individual, to 99 American and 14 Canadian neurosurgery departments with residency programs.

The results showed that Pitt’s Department of Neurological Surgery had the highest h score for the number of papers published by its faculty in the Journal of Neurosurgery and Neurosurgery from 2000 to 2009; it ranked 7th when all journal publications were included in that time frame, and 8th when there were no time constraints.

“I am extremely proud that the University of Pittsburgh ranked so well on all these measures,” said department chair Robert M. Friedlander, M.D.  “We have a great balance of accomplished academicians and gifted clinicians who are clearly making a difference in the field.”

The researchers noted that the “h indices exhibit significant correlations with other measures of institutional scholarship and productivity, such as NIH funding, number of faculty, and the academic degrees held by faculty.”

About the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

As one of the nation’s leading academic centers for biomedical research, the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine integrates advanced technology with basic science across a broad range of disciplines in a continuous quest to harness the power of new knowledge and improve the human condition. Driven mainly by the School of Medicine and its affiliates, Pitt has ranked among the top 10 recipients of funding from the National Institutes of Health since 1997 and now ranks fifth in the nation, according to preliminary data for fiscal year 2008. Likewise, the School of Medicine is equally committed to advancing the quality and strength of its medical and graduate education programs, for which it is recognized as an innovative leader, and to training highly skilled, compassionate clinicians and creative scientists well-equipped to engage in world-class research. The School of Medicine is the academic partner of UPMC, which has collaborated with the University to raise the standard of medical excellence in Pittsburgh and to position health care as a driving force behind the region’s economy. For more information about the School of Medicine, see www.medschool.pitt.edu.

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