Kerala-born Dr. Salim Yusuf, an Indian Canadian cardiologist and epidemiologist, was ranked second April 11 on a list of the world’s 15 “Hottest Researchers of 2011” by Thomson Reuters’ Intellectual Property & Science unit.
A professor of medicine at McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, and founder and director of the Population Health Research Institute at McMaster University and Hamilton Health Sciences, Yusuf specializes in multinational clinical trials for heart problems and other non-communicable diseases.
The report ranks the most influential scientific researchers and research papers of the year as selected by Science Watch, Thomas Reuters’ Web resource for science metrics and analysis.
Yusuf published “13 Hot Papers in 2011,” the survey said, just one fewer than the hottest researcher, Eric S. Lander of The Eli and Edythe L. Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard.
“Several Dr. Yusuf’s articles are deemed to be citation classics,” said a joint press release issued by CADI (Coronary Artery Disease among Asian Indians) Research Foundation USA and the Association of Kerala Medical Graduates.
“His work has transformed the treatment and prevention of cardiovascular diseases globally,” CADI added.
CADI founder and CEO Dr. Enas Enas told India-West that Yusuf has been an “esteemed member of AKMG and chief scientific advisor to CADI Research Foundation almost from the beginning.”
The Indian Canadian cardiologist has been included in the top 15 of the list several times, including being ranked in 2009 in eighth place.
CADI pointed out that his ranking is more even remarkable in that he specializes in clinical research, not genetics, which currently leads all fields in pioneering research.
A graduate of St. John’s Medical College in Bangalore and a Rhodes scholar, Yusuf received a Ph.D. degree from Oxford, where he initiated large, simple trials and meta-analysis.
After completing clinical training in medicine and cardiology in the U.K., he joined the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.
In 1992, he moved to McMaster University and since then has established an international program of research in cardiovascular diseases and prevention.
Yusuf’s work has established the roles of ACE-inhibitors, dual antiplatelet therapies, novel antithrombotics and appropriate place of invasive interventions.
One of his ongoing studies involves communities in 19 countries to examine the impact of societal changes on a range of non-communicable diseases in about 400,000 people, including 50,000 people from India.
Yusuf has helped establish a major research institute at St. John’s Medical College to coordinate a national network for clinical research in India. He has also trained many researchers in India who have made a major impact in that country.
The Indian Canadian researcher is the editor of the textbook “Evidence Based Cardiovascular Medicine.”
The Population Health Research Institute, which he founded in 1999, has become the most cited academic cardiovascular research group in Canada and the 7th highest worldwide.