He is the only scientist from Pakistan and low- and middle-income countries to be among the top 100
Professor Zulfiqar Bhutta from the Aga Khan University (AKU) has been ranked among the top 100 medical scientists in the first edition of the Top Medical Scientists Ranking published by Research.com, a leading knowledge center for medical research.
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The ranking is based on criteria that take into account the h-index, which indicates a researcher’s productivity and influence, publications and citations. The ranking team reviewed 166,880 scientists on Google Scholar and Microsoft Academic Graph, and more than 65,743 profiles for the discipline of medicine.
Professor Bhutta is the only scientist from Pakistan and low- and middle-income countries to make the top 100.
“As with other recent recognitions, although a personal recognition, this ranking reflects the achievements of dozens of young researchers and faculty members around the world who have worked with me on the issues of the most marginalized and poorest women and children in poor communities,” commented Professor Bhutta, who is the founding director of the Center of Excellence in Women’s and Children’s Health and the AKU Institute for Global Health and Development; and Co-Director of the SickKids Center for Global Child Health, Robert Harding Professor of Global Child Health and Policy, and Senior Scientist in the Outcome Science Program child health at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto.
“Congratulations to Professor Bhutta and his team for this great achievement. Their research relevant to AKU has changed lives not only in the countries where we seek to serve, but also around the world,” said AKU President Sulaiman Shahabuddin.
Prof. Bhutta is one of the original faculty members of AKU since the establishment of the university. Having started his career at AKU in 1986, the University provided a foundation for the development of an illustrious career in which he built maternal and child health and nutrition research programs with national and global impact. , despite the challenges of political unrest and economic insecurity in Pakistan.
Between 1996 and 2002, Professor Bhutta and his University team undertook an extensive community outreach and research program in an urban slum in Karachi and several rural areas of Pakistan, which later spread to many regions and provinces of Pakistan as well as other middle-income countries. Over the past two decades, he has worked closely with the government of Pakistan to evaluate the effectiveness of health care approaches and innovations in real-world settings through partnerships with public sector community health workers.
Many of these large, community-based cluster randomized trials led by Professor Bhutta generated results that changed global policy, including the finding that the use of chlorhexidine for cord care in home births was associated with significant reduction in the risk of sepsis and neonatal deaths, and that public sector community health workers could work successfully with communities to reach those most at risk and reduce perinatal mortality as well as maternal morbidity.
His work has been the basis for several international guidelines, including the modification of the World Health Organization’s policy on the treatment of persistent diarrhea and malnutrition as well as the establishment of female health workers (LHW) as founding members of community interventions in Pakistan, South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. Her team in Pakistan and Canada has worked extensively on strategies to improve maternal and child health and nutrition in conflict and emergency settings. His team works in particular with community volunteers and health workers in the tribal areas of Pakistan to improve polio and routine immunization coverage.
At AKU, Prof. Bhutta holds the title of Emeritus University Professor – the highest faculty rank the university can confer – as well as an Award of Distinction and an Award for Excellence in Research. He has received several international awards and distinctions.
Recently, he was awarded the Roux Award for Transforming Evidence into Health Impact and the John Dirks Canada Gairdner Award in Global Health for outstanding achievement in global health research.