Lankenau Institute for Medical Research ranked among the top institutes contributing to advances and knowledge about the electrical function of the heart

By Donna Loyle, communications specialist, LIMR

Among scholars in Pennsylvania conducting research and publishing in the field of electrocardiography and electrical diseases of the heart, five of the top 30 are from Main Line Health’s Lankenau Institute for Medical Research (LIMR), according to Expertscape, a website that ranks health care professionals and researchers by the quality and quantity of their publications.

Expertscape examines all medical publications that are indexed in the National Library of Medicine’s MEDLINE database. It then rates the expertise of each author according to the number and type of articles he or she has published on specific conditions, diseases or treatments.

When looking at manuscripts published by the 1,236 electrocardiography scholars in Pennsylvania since 2008, Expertscape highlighted five of LIMR’s researchers:

  • Charles Antzelevitch, PhD, professor and executive director of cardiovascular research at LIMR, (pictured) was ranked #2 in the state. Additionally, Dr. Antzelevitch, who also serves as director of research for Lankenau Heart Institute, was ranked #10 in the United States, and #13 in the world from a field or 72,000 scientists and physicians publishing in the field of electrocardiography and electrical diseases of the heart. This places Dr. Antzelevitch in the top 0.1% of scholars globally contributing to the knowledge base in this field of cardiology during the past 10 years.
  • Peter Kowey, MD, LIMR professor, was ranked #5 in Pennsylvania. Dr. Kowey, chairman emeritus of cardiology at Lankenau Heart Institute, also was ranked #8 in the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region.
  • Gan-Xin Yan, MD, PhD, LIMR professor, was ranked #9 in Pennsylvania and #15 in the Mid-Atlantic area.
  • Jose Di Diego, MD, LIMR research associate professor, was ranked #22 in Pennsylvania.
  • Michael D. Ezekowitz, DPhil, LIMR clinical professor, was ranked #30 in the state.

Among institutions, Lankenau Medical Center/LIMR ranked fourth in the state, just behind three major academic medical schools (University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh and Thomas Jefferson University).

“We are so proud of LIMR’s scientist-scholars who are striving to advance new discoveries and therapeutic options for patients around the world who have been diagnosed with cardiovascular disease,” said George Prendergast, PhD, president and CEO of LIMR. “It is gratifying to see our researchers get the recognition from their colleagues that they deserve.”

The Pennsylvania rankings are available at


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