Photo of Dr. Philippe Géneréux: Atlantic Health Systems
By Steve Sears
42-year-old Philippe Géneréux, a physician and Co-Director of the Structural Heart Program at Atlantic Health System’s Morristown Medical Center, recently was named by the Web of Science Group as a Highly Cited Researcher.
The numbers are astounding, and well represent the doctor’s respect among his peers. Dr. Géneréux has been well recognized by colleagues as his publication credits rank in the top one percent of clinical medicine. His writings have been published more than 500 times in cardiology journals, and he has been cited and referred to nearly 11,000 times in other articles.
“For me,” says Dr. Géneréux, “it’s an honor to receive that (recognition) because obviously for the last 12 years I’ve been trying to make some research – relevant research and meaningful research.” His method of discovery, finding that relevance, is unique. “Every time I have an idea, I also try to answer an unmet need or answer an important question where we don’t know the answer, try to improve care to the patient and try to discover something new. I always try to be relevant.” Also, according to Géneréux, the award means his research has, yes been cited many times, but also has been used to trigger debates with multiple other research projects. Others in the world are embracing his findings. “So, for me, it’s very exciting to receive this award and (even) to be nominated. It means the work that we do is relevant and very appreciated by the peer community, and to be recognized by your peers as doing the most important research in the field is quite an honor for me.”
Recognition is nothing new to Dr. Géneréux, who was awarded the Thomas J. Linnemeier Spirit of Interventional Cardiology Young Investigator Award at the 2012 Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) scientific symposium, and he also was presented with the NJ Heart Ball Researcher of the Year Award in 2018.
Dr. Géneréux graduated in 2007 from the University of Montreal and attended and trained at New York’s Columbia University in 2008 and 2009 for his interventional cardiology and structural heart fellowship. He also taught at the latter institution as well. While there, he did research for the Cardiovascular Research Foundation in Montreal for 5 years, for whom he currently serves as Director of the Angiographic Core Laboratory. After his schooling he moved to New Jersey, and the transition from Columbia University and the Cardiovascular Research Foundation to Morristown Medical Center was a natural evolution. “I was very excited to move to a very high-volume center where we are #5 in the United States in volume in structural heart disease. I can work clinically at the top of my expertise with a great team, and to be clinically busy in a very great environment is something I find very exciting.”
Dr. Géneréux continues to study in collaboration with the Cardiovascular Research Foundation and other international institutions, and with a worthwhile goal. “To bring all this research into Morristown Medical Center is very nice,” he says, “because we have so much volume and we can contribute to the research effort to a high degree.”