University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Laboratory for Clinical Biochemistry Research

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


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]

2013 Adams NB, Lutsey PL, Folsom AR, Herrington DH, Sibley CT, Zakai NA, Ades S, Burke GL, Cushman M. Statin therapy and levels of hemostatic factors in a healthy population: the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. J Thromb Haemost. 2013;11(6):1078-84. PMID: 23565981 [PubMed - in process]

2013 Zakai NA, Callas PW, Repp AB, Cushman M. Venous thrombosis risk assessment in medical inpatients: the medical inpatients and thrombosis (MITH) study. J Thromb Haemost. 2013;11(4):634-41. PMID: 23336744 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
2013 Zakai NA, French B, Arnold AM, Newman AB, Fried LF, Robbins J, Chaves P, Cushman M. Hemoglobin decline, function, and mortality in the elderly: the cardiovascular health study. Am J Hematol. 2013;88(1):5-9. PMID: 23044913 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

2012 Thielke SM, Whitson H, Diehr P, O'Hare A, Kearney PM, Chaudhry SI, Zakai NA, Kim D, Sekaran N, Sale JE, Arnold AM, Chaves P, Newman A. Persistence and remission of musculoskeletal pain in community-dwelling older adults: results from the cardiovascular health study. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2012;60(8):1393-400. PMID: 22861385 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

2012 Mozaffarian D, Afshin A, Benowitz NL, Bittner V, Daniels SR, Franch HA, Jacobs DR Jr, Kraus WE, Kris-Etherton PM, Krummel DA, Popkin BM, Whitsel LP, Zakai NA; American Heart Association Council on Epidemiology and Prevention, Council on Nutrition, Physical Activity and Metabolism, Council on Clinical Cardiology, Council on Cardiovascular Disease in the Young, Council on the Kidney in Cardiovasc.Population approaches to improve diet, physical activity, and smoking habits: a scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Circulation. 2012 Sep 18;126(12):1514-63.PMID: 22907934 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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