BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo is one of the
nation’s top five institutions for research on and treatment
of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
That’s according to a national ranking, which also lists
Anne B. Curtis, MD, Charles and Mary Bauer Professor and chair,
Department of Medicine and Sanjay Sethi, MD, professor of medicine,
both in the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, as top
experts in their fields.
Published by Expertscape, the ranking uses algorithms to rank
institutions, clinicians and researchers, based on detailed reviews
of the past 10 years of scientific publications in PubMed in each
medical specialty. The number of citations and a journal’s
impact factor are among the metrics used to rank specialists and
Along with UB, the other top institutions in COPD are Brigham
and Women’s Hospital, the University of California, Los
Angeles, The Johns Hopkins University and National Jewish Center.
Curtis and Sethi conduct research at UB. Curtis treats patients
through UBMD, the university’s physician practice plan, while
Sethi’s clinical practice is at the Veterans Administration
Western New York HealthCare System (Buffalo VA).
Curtis was named one of the world’s top 10 experts doing
research on implantable defibrillators. She is one of the world's
leading clinical cardiac electrophysiologists and an expert in
cardiac arrhythmias. Her clinical research has significantly
advanced knowledge of human cardiac electrophysiology and
She has been principal investigator, co-investigator, sponsor or
steering committee member on 85 research studies and clinical
trials and has written more than 250 peer-reviewed manuscripts,
book chapters, reviews and editorials. She also is the author of a
book on cardiac pacing.
This year, Curtis was first author on a New England Journal of
Medicine paper on the Block HF (Heart Failure) trial, which she
led, demonstrating significant benefit from cardiac
resynchronization therapy (CRT).
Curtis received a 2010 Distinguished Fellowship Award from the
International Academy of Cardiology. She has been a key contributor
to guidelines on atrial fibrillation that are issued periodically
by the American College of Cardiology Foundation/American Heart
Association Task Force on Practice Guidelines.
Sethi was named one of the nation’s top five experts in
COPD. He is vice chair of medicine for research, chief of the
Division of Pulmonary/Critical Care/Sleep Medicine at UB and a
staff physician in pulmonary/critical care/sleep medicine at the
Along with Timothy Murphy, MD, UB Distinguished Professor of
Medicine, Sethi runs the COPD Study Clinic at the Buffalo VA, which
enters its 20 year in 2014. Murphy and Sethi have published widely
on COPD, including research that fundamentally changed how
clinicians treat bacterial exacerbations. Sethi also has worked on
redefining the role and understanding mechanisms of infection in
the pathogenesis of COPD and has led important clinical trials in
He has co-authored more than 150 research articles, reviews and
book chapters and is a member of the editorial board for
publications such as PLOSOne, Respiratory Research and Current
Respiratory Medicine Reviews. He also served as a consultant
for the GOLD guidelines, the global guidelines for the management