University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Bio for Neil Zakai, M.D., M.Sc.
Neil Zakai, M.D., M.Sc.

Neil Zakai, M.D., M.Sc.

Associate Professor of Medicine, Hematology/Oncology Division, Department of Medicine
Associate Professor of Pathology

Contact Information
(802) 656-3154
Office Location:
Colchester Research Facility, 208 South Park Drive, Colchester, VT 05446

Clinical Expertise

-  The care of patients with venous thrombosis and it’s complications
-  Evaluation of patients for inherited and acquired hyper-coagulable syndromes
-  Evaluation and management of patients with premature arterial vascular disease and the role of  novel risk factors
-  Evaluation and management of non-malignant disorders of red cells, white cells, and platelets


1992-1996    Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD  -  BA in Biology and French 
1996-2000    University of Virginia School of Medicine, Charlottesville, VA  -  MD 
2000-2003    University of Vermont / Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, VT – Internal Medicine Residency
2003-2004    University of Vermont / Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, VT – Chief Medical Resident
2004-2007    Brown University, Providence, RI – Fellowship in Hematology & Oncology
2007-2009    Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA  -  Masters in Epidemiology - MSc

Certification/Board Eligibility

2003  Board Certified in Internal Medicine
2007  American Board of Internal Medicine Subspecialty in Medical Oncology
2007  American Board of Internal Medicine Subspecialty in Hematology

Research Interests

-  The epidemiology and risk factors for arterial and venous thrombosis with an emphasis on the roles of novel risk factors such as inflammation and coagulation biomarkers. 
-  Defining clinical risk factors for and impact of venous thrombosis in hospitalized patients with an emphasis on improved risk stratification tools and delivery of appropriate anticoagulation.
- The epidemiology of the causes and consequences of anemia especially in the elderly and diverse racial groups

Professional Societies

American Society of Hematology
American Society of Clinical Oncology
American Heart Association, Council on Epidemiology and Prevention
International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis


2014 Suzuki T, Voeks J, Zakai NA, Jenny NS, Brown TM, Safford MM, LeWinter M, Howard G, Cushman M. Metabolic Syndrome, C-reactive Protein, and Mortality in U.S. Blacks and Whites: The Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke (REGARDS) Study. Diabetes Care. 2014 May 30. [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

2014 Cushman M, Judd SE, Howard VJ, Kissela B, Gutiérrez OM, Jenny NS, Ahmed A, Thacker EL, Zakai NA. N-Terminal Pro-B-type Natriuretic Peptide and Stroke Risk: The Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke Cohort. Stroke. 2014 Apr 22. [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

2014 Zakai NA, McClure LA, Judd SE, Safford MM, Folsom AR, Lutsey PL, Cushman M. Racial and regional differences in venous thromboembolism in the United States in 3 cohorts. Circulation. 2014 Apr 8;129(14):1502-9. [PubMed - in process]

2014 Zakai NA, Judd SE, Alexander K, McClure LA, Kissela BM, Howard G, Cushman M. ABO blood type and stroke risk: the REasons for Geographic And Racial Differences in Stroke Study. J Thromb Haemost. 2014 Apr;12(4):564-70. [PubMed - in process]

2013 Soliman EZ, Safford MM, Muntner P, Khodneva Y, Dawood FZ, Zakai NA, Thacker EL, Judd S, Howard VJ, Howard G, Herrington DM, Cushman M. Atrial Fibrillation and the Risk of Myocardial Infarction. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Nov 4. PMID: 24190540 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

2013 Odewole OA, Williamson RS, Zakai NA, Berry RJ, Judd SE, Qi YP, Adedinsewo DA, Oakley GP Jr. Near-elimination of folate-deficiency anemia by mandatory folic acid fortification in older US adults: Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke study 2003-2007. Am J Clin Nutr. 2013;98(4):1042-7.
PMID: 23945721 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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