Does the H Index Correlate With Academic Rank Among Full-Time Academic Craniofacial Surgeons?

Srinivas M. Susarla, Erin M. Rada, Joseph Lopez, Edward W. Swanson, Devin Miller, Richard Redett, Anand R. Kumar

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Objective: To assess the relationship between the . H index and the academic rank among full-time academic craniofacial surgeons. Design: This was a cross-sectional study of full-time academic craniofacial surgeons. Setting: Data were compiled and analyzed at the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Johns Hopkins Hospital. Results: The study sample included 127 full-time academic craniofacial surgeons. Overall, 89% were men, the mean number of years since completion of training was 16.2 ± 11.2 years. Most surgeons had a background in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Approximately 75% had completed formal fellowship training. The mean H index for the sample was 12.4 ± 9.9. The H index was strongly correlated with academic rank (r s = 0.62, p < 0.001). In a multiple linear regression model, adjusting for multiple confounders/effect modifiers, including number of years since training and total number of publications, the H index was significantly associated with academic rank (coefficient = 0.33, p = 0.04). Conclusions: Among full-time academic craniofacial surgeons, the . H index is strongly correlated with the academic rank.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Surgical Education
StateAccepted/In press - 2016


  • Academic medicine
  • Academic promotion
  • Bibliometrics
  • Craniofacial surgery
  • H index
  • Interpersonal and Communication Skills
  • Practice-Based Learning and Improvement
  • Systems-Based Practice

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Education

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