Seven at OHSU among world’s most influential scientists

Seven OHSU scientists are among the world’s most highly cited, according to the consulting and data analysis firm Clarivate, which compiles an annual list of researchers who have demonstrated significant and broad influence reflected in the publication of multiple papers frequently cited by their peers.

The 2021 list includes about 3,800 researchers in 21 scientific fields, and another 2,800 researchers identified as having exceptional performance across several fields. The citation analysis considered only papers in journals indexed in the Web of Science Core Collection during the period from 2010 to 2020. Highly cited papers are defined as those that rank in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year. The method, papers weighed against others in the same annual cohort, is intended to remove the citation advantage of older papers relative to recently published ones.

The seven OHSU faculty made the list in six fields:

Biology and Biochemistry

Eric Gouaux, Ph.D., professor and senior scientist, Vollum Institute

Clinical Medicine

Andrew Blauvelt, M.D., M.B.A., affiliate professor, Department of Dermatology, OHSU School of Medicine

Gordon Mills, M.D., Ph.D., professor, Division of Oncological Sciences, OHSU School of Medicine


Eric Simpson, M.D., M.C.R., professor, Department of Dermatology, OHSU School of Medicine

Molecular Biology and Genetics

Lisa M. Coussens, Ph.D., professor and chair, Department of Cell, Developmental and Cancer Biology, OHSU School of Medicine

Social Sciences

Mark Helfand, M.D., M.P.H., professor, Department of Medicine and Department of Medical Informatics and Clinical Epidemiology, OHSU School of Medicine


Damien A. Fair, Ph.D., visiting researcher, Department of Behavioral Neuroscience, OHSU School of Medicine

Institutions in the United States are home to 2,622 highly cited researchers, or 39.7% of those listed worldwide. That’s down from 43.3% in 2018 but still the highest percentage of any country. Mainland China came in second, with 935 highly cited researchers, or 14.2%, up from 7.9% in 2018. The United Kingdom, with 492 researchers or 7.5%, had the the third highest percentage of highly cited researchers.

Harvard University, with 214 highly cited researchers, is the leading institution, followed by the Chinese Academy of Sciences with 194, and Stanford University with 122.