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Christopher Kabrhel, MD, MPH

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.

  • Phone: 617-726-7622
Department of Emergency Medicine
Clinical Interests
Pulmonary Embolism
Research Education
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
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, American Board of Emergency Medicine
Patient Age Group
Adult and pediatric
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients

BiographyDr. 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.

ResearchDr. 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.

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