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Minna J. Kohler, MD

Director, Rheumatology Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Program

  • Phone: 617-726-7938
Department of Medicine
Clinical Interests
Non-operative management of orthopedic problems
Rheumatoid arthritis
Inflammatory arthritis
Musculoskeletal disorders (Bursitis, Tendinitis, Overuse)
Gout and pseudogout
Ultrasound-guided injections
Psoriatic arthritis
Musculoskeletal ultrasound
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
Residency, Lahey Clinic
Residency, Memorial Medical Center
Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital
Fellowship, Yale-New Haven Hospital
Board Certifications
Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine
Rheumatology, American Board of Internal Medicine
Patient Gateway
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Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients


Minna Kohler, M.D. is the Director of the Rheumatology Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (MSKUS) Program at MGH. Dr. Kohler completed a clinical & research rheumatology fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine. Prior to her rheumatology training, Dr. Kohler completed 3 years of general surgery training, and a 2 year NIH-sponsored fellowship in Image-Guided Therapy in the Department of Radiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital. Dr. Kohler received diagnostic/ interventional MSKUS training in the Yale MSKUS program for surgeons in the Department of Orthopaedics/Rehabilitation. She co-founded the first collaborative rheumatology/orthopedic MSKUS injection clinic at the Yale/West Haven CT VA Medical Center in 2009. Dr. Kohler is a graduate of the USSONAR (Ultrasound School of North American Rheumatologists) program and now serves as a faculty mentor. Dr. Kohler initiated the first dedicated rheumatology MSKUS clinic at MGH in July 2011. She is the co-director for the Harvard Medical School pilot ultrasound curriculum for medical students & representative for the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine ultrasound in medical education interest group. She is a member of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) MSKUS Education Committee and a faculty instructor for the ACR MSKUS courses. Dr. Kohler teaches MSKUS to Harvard medical students, IM residents, MGH Rheumatology, Orthopedics, & Emergency Departments, and Spaulding PM&R residents. Dr. Kohler has educational/research interests in point-of-care ultrasound as it relates to arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, vasculitis, and other musculoskeletal and rheumatic diseases.

ResearchClinical research studies:
1. Impact of a Dedicated Academic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Clinic on Patient Care and Healthcare Costs (PI: Minna Kohler, MD)

Point-of-Care Ultrasound in Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome (GTPS) (PI: Minna Kohler, MD)

3. Chemokine and cytokine expression by leukocytes in inflammatory arthritis (PI: Andrew Luster, MD)

We are looking for patients with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis or gout with a joint effusion.
- For more information about the study, please contact Dr. Kohler or Dr. Kim, 617-726-7938.

American College of Rheumatology Abstracts:

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View my most recent publications at PubMed

Luz J, Siddiqui I, Jain NB, Kohler MJ, Donovan J, Gerrard P, Borg-Stein J. Resident-Perceived Benefit of a Diagnostic & Interventional Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Curriculum: A Multifaceted Approach Using Independent Study, Peer Teaching, and Interdisciplinary Collaboration. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2015 Jun  

Luz J, Johnson AH, Kohler MJ. Point-of-care Ultrasonography in the Diagnosis and Management of Superficial Peroneal Nerve Entrapement: Case Series. Foot Ankle Int. 2014 Sept 23

Kohler MJ, Amezaga M, Drozd J, Crowley ST, Gulanski B, Anderson DR, Fraenkel L. Use of a computerized order set to increase prescription of calcium and vitamin d supplementation in patients receiving glucocorticoids. J Gen Intern Med. 2013 June 28(6):825-9. 

Fraenkel L, Falzer P, Fried T, Kohler M, Peters E, Kerns R, Leventhal H. Measuring Pain Impact Versus Pain Severity Using a Numeric Rating Scale. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 May 27;(5):555-60.

Makris UE, Kohler MJ, Fraenkel L. Adverse effects of topical nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs in older adults with osteoarthritis: a systematic literature review. J Rheumatol. 2010 Jun;37(6):1236-43.

Rheumatology Associates
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696

Phone: 617-726-7938
Fax: 617-643-1274