Dr. Francis is Professor of Medicine and of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Rochester. He obtained his MD degree at the University of Pittsburgh and was then an Intern and Resident in Medicine at the University of North Carolina. He joined the University of Rochester as a Fellow in Hematology in 1976, and he has remained at that institution where he is Director of the Hemostasis and Thrombosis program. Dr. Francis has been recipient of a Clinical Investigator Award from the NHLBI and an Established Investigator Award from the American Heart Association. He has served on numerous NIH Review and Advisory Committees.
He is a past Chairman of the Scientific and Standardization Committee of the ISTH and Program Chair of the XVIIth International Congress on Hemostasis and Thrombosis. He serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Thrombosis Research. Dr. Francis has both clinical and laboratory research interests. Laboratory research has focused on the structure of fibrinogen and fibrin and mechanisms of fibrinolysis. Current work relates to the work of fibrinogen and fibrin in modulating the effects of FGF-2 on endothelial cells. Clinical research has been in the areas of venous thrombosis and new anticoagulants.
Patient Care Bio
Dr. Francis is Professor of Medicine and Director of the Program in Hemostasis and Thrombosis. Research is his biggest activity. Laboratory research concerns how blood clots and how this causes diseases such as pulmonary embolism, thrombophlebitis, heart attack and stroke. Clinical research projects relate to why some people are predisposed to getting blood clots and also to development of new blood thinner drugs. Dr. Francis sees patients with disorders of the blood with a particular interest in blood clotting problems. He is involved in teaching medical students, residents, and lectures nationally and internationally on blood clotting problems.