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Christopher Kabrhel, MD, MPH


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Christopher Kabrhel, MD MPH is an attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. He is an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School.


Emergency Medicine

Clinical Interests
  • Pulmonary Embolism
  • Research Education
Medical Education
  • MPH, Harvard School of Public Health
  • MD, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Residency, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Board Certifications
  • 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)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO
Patient Age Group
Adult and Pediatric

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Dr. Christopher Kabrhel is an attending physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Emergency Medicine. He graduated from John Hopkins University School of Medicine. He then completed his residency with Harvard Affiliated Emergency Medicine Residency Program (HAEMR) at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Kabrhel also has his Masters in Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health. He is an associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. He is also a staff researcher at the Channing Laboratory at Brigham and Women's Hospital and holds an appointment at the MGH Institute for Heart, Vascular and Stroke Care, where he is a founding member of the Pulmonary Embolism Response Team (PERT).

Dr. Kabrhel has been invited to lecture nationally and internationally on the topic of venous thromboembolic disease and teaches research methodology to emergency medicine residents. In 2002 he co-founded the HAEMR Research Interest Group (RIG) and is currently the faculty liaison to this group. The purpose of the RIG is to provide a forum for collaboration and didactic education to residents interested in clinical research. Dr. Kabrhel is core faculty for HAEMR journal club and a Harvard College summer course focused on technology and innovation.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary
Dr. Kabrhel's research focuses on the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE). He collaborates nationally with prominent researchers in emergency medicine, cardiology, pulmonology and epidemiology. His work is funded by the NIH and private foundations. In 2003, he helped found the Pulmonary Embolism Research Consortium (PERC), an ongoing collaboration between PE researchers in the emergency medicine. This NIH-funded collaboration compiled the largest prospective database of emergency department patients evaluated for PE, and derived and validated the "PERC Rule." This rule has now been incorporated into clinical practice guidelines, such as those of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and is used internationally. He is currently the principal investigator for several ongoing prospective clinical studies related to risk stratification and evidence-based imaging of patients with PE. Dr. Kabrhel also coordinates VTE research for the two Nurse's Health Studies (Channing Lab/Brigham and Women's Hospital) and Health Professionals Follow Up Study (Harvard School of Public Health). This work was funded by grants from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the National Institute for Aging. Dr. Kabrhl's work has been published in such journals as Academic Emergency Medicine, Annals of Emergency Medicine, Archives of Internal Medicine, British Medical Journal (BMJ), Chest, and Thrombosis and Haemostasis.

View my most recent publications at PubMed

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Emergency Medicine
55 Fruit Street
Boston MA, 02114-2696
Phone: 617-726-7622617-724-4100
Fax: 617-724-0917

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