More than 130 University of Nebraska Medical Center/Nebraska Medicine faculty members have been ranked as world experts and hundreds more as experts by Expertscape, a service used by health care consumers and referring physicians that identifies and objectively ranks the most knowledgeable doctors and hospitals for specific medical diseases, conditions and treatments.
The service considers an expert someone who demonstrates their expertise and knowledge of a field by writing articles that are published in the medical literature. Experts are ranked according to a patented methodology that takes into account several criteria.
Expertscape identifies two levels of expertise – expert and world expert.
“By our standard, to be considered an expert is a pretty big deal. It means the person is among the top 1% in the research and publication for that topic worldwide,” said Brendan McAdams, managing partner of Expertscape. “These people have dedicated serious time and effort to their field.
“We also identify what we have defined as world experts, who are those in the top one tenth of 1% of people in the field, which is really rarified air.”
To arrive at these results, Expertscape examines all medical publications over the past 10 years that are indexed in the National Library of Medicine’s PubMed database for each of 27,000 topics. The service then sorts and ranks the expertise of each author according to type of paper, date, journal impact factor and other criteria for a specific condition, disease or treatment.
There are limitations to this approach, McAdams said, as it doesn’t take into account things like clinical outcomes or bedside manner, and it misses excellent physicians that don’t publish. But, for finding a specialist or a highly qualified medical center for a specific diagnosis or treatment, he said the objectivity and scope of Expertscape are rather unique in health care.