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Sigmund (Sig) J. Kharasch, MD


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Sigmund J. Kharasch M.D., is an attending physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital Pediatric Emergency Department. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School.


Emergency Medicine


Centers & Specialties

MassGeneral Hospital for Children

Clinical Interests
  • Pediatric trauma
  • Respiratory Illness
  • Infectious diseases
  • Pain management
  • Global health
Medical Education
  • MD, Rush Medical College
  • Residency, Boston City Hospital|Residency, Rush University Medical Center
  • Fellowship, Boston City Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Centene/Celticare
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • Medicaid
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Connecticut
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • OSW - Vermont
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
Patient Age Group

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Sigmund J. Kharasch M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and an attending physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital Pediatric Emergency Department. Dr. Kharasch graduated from Rush Medical College in Chicago in 1985, completed his residency in pediatrics at Boston City Hospital in 1988 and fellowship in Pediatric Emergency Medicine at Boston City Hospital in 1990.

At Boston City Hospital/Boston Medical Center, Dr. Kharasch, was Director of the Pediatric Emergency Medicine Fellowship Program, Director of the Boston Medical Center Pain Free Pediatrics Program and Director of the Pediatric Emergency Department for 11 years. While serving in this position he collaborated with the Department of Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, nursing leadership, and Information Technology, focusing on patient flow, patient satisfaction, diversion issues, quality improvement, and excellence in clinical care and research. Dr. Kharasch was also Chair of Intern Selection for the Boston Combined Residency Program (BCRP). Most recently, Dr. Kharasch had the opportunity to take a sabbatical year in Israel, where he worked full time in the Pediatric Emergency Department at Hadassah Hospital, Jerusalem. He has also been an invited speaker both nationally and internationally on a variety of topics in Pediatric Emergency Medicine.  In June of 2012, he was the recipient of the Jerome O. Klein Faculty Teaching Award for the Boston Combined Residency Program.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary
Dr. Kharasch's research interests and publications have focused on pediatric trauma, HIV in the emergency department, pain management, community acquired pneumonia and child abuse.

View my most recent publications at PubMed

  1. Mehta S, Hall J, Lyss S, Skolnick P, Pealer L, Kharasch S.  Adult and Pediatric Emergency Department STD and HIV Screening:  Programmatic Overview and Outcomes.  Academic Emergency Medicine.  2007;14:250-258
  2. Pitts S, Corliss H, Kharasch S, Gordon C. Advanced Provision of Emergency Contraception in an Urban Pediatric Emergency Department.  Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology.  2011;24:392-396
  3. Eisenstein E, Kharasch S.  Investigation of Unexplained Infant Deaths in Israel.  Israel Medical Association Journal.  2012;14:2-6
  4. Dinur-Schejter Y, Cohen-Cymberknoh H, Tenenbaum A, Brooks R, Kharasch S, Kerem E. Antibiotic Treatment of Children with Community Acquired Pneumonia:  Comparison of Penicillin versus Cefuroxime.  Pediatric Pulmonology. 2013;48:52-58
  5.   Breur O, BlichO, Averbuch D, Kharasch S, KeremE.  Antibiotic Therapy for ChildrenHospitalized with Community-Acquired Pnemonia after Oral Therapy: comparison ofnarrow vs. broad spectrum antibiotic treatment. Pediatric Pulmonology. 2015;10: 1-8

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Pediatric Emergency Services
55 Fruit Street
Boston MA, 02114-2696
Phone: 617-694-8525617-726-3231
Fax: 617-724-4577

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