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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 12, 2009


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Karen Mallet
215-514-9751
km463@georgetown.edu


Georgetown University Medical Center Physicians Named “Most Influential Doctors”

List of “thought leaders” indicates which doctors other doctors listen to, send patients to and which ones influence care


Washington, DC – Three physician researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center have been named as “Most Influential Doctors” in an analysis by the medical information firm Qforma. The list of physicians was made public recently by USA Today.  The database listing the influential doctors displays only three to five physicians for 300 metropolitan areas in the United States.

Doctors making the exclusive list include those who see large volumes of patients and interact with colleagues regularly to share medical knowledge and experience, reports USA Today.

According to the newspaper, to measure this influence, the variables used to select doctors include books and articles they have published, the studies they have carried out, academic achievements, referral patterns, diagnoses, procedures, their prescribing activity, their hospital affiliations and similar information. Some information is publicly available, and some comes from confidential diagnosis, procedure and prescription data gathered by Medicare and other payors.

The Qforma listing includes doctors in four specialties: hypertension, high cholesterol, asthma and diabetes. USA Today says more physicians in other specialties will be added in coming months.

GUMC physicians making the list include:

Hypertension
Christopher Wilcox – chief of the Division of Nephrology and Hypertension; director of the Center for Hypertension, Kidney and Vascular Center; and associate director of the angiogenesis program in the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center

Vasilios Papademetriou - professor of medicine

Diabetes
Robert Ratner – professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism; senior vice president for scientific affairs at the MedStar Research Institute; Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow

About Georgetown University Medical Center
Georgetown University Medical Center is an internationally recognized academic medical center with a three-part mission of research, teaching and patient care (through Georgetown’s affiliation with MedStar Health). GUMC’s mission is carried out with a strong emphasis on public service and a dedication to the Catholic, Jesuit principle of cura personalis -- or "care of the whole person." The Medical Center includes the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing and Health Studies, both nationally ranked, the world-renowned Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Biomedical Graduate Research Organization (BGRO), home to 60 percent of the university’s sponsored research funding.


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