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Elena F. Brachtel, MD

  • Phone: 617-726-3980
Department of Pathology


  • Cancer Center
  • Breast Evaluation
  • Breast Cancer
Clinical Interests
Breast pathology
Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Medical Education
MD, University of Hamburg Faculty of Medicine
Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital
Board Certifications
Anatomic Pathology, American Board of Pathology
Cytopathology, American Board of Pathology
Patient Age Group
Accepting New Patients
Accepting New Patients


Elena F. Brachtel

Assistant Pathologist
Massachusetts General Hospital

Assistant Professor of Pathology
Harvard Medical School


Dr. Brachtel received her M.D. degree from the University of Hamburg Medical School, Hamburg, Germany. After her doctoral thesis under the supervision of Prof. Paul Racz at the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine, she worked as a house officer in England in internal medicine and surgery, before entering a residency in pathology at the University Hospital Eppendorf, Hamburg. She did a postdoctoral fellowship at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology and Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, D.C. before completing a residency in anatomic pathology at the Massachusetts General Hospital followed by a fellowship in cytopathology. Her areas of expertise are breast pathology and cytopathology, with a special interest in digital imaging.

Updated 10/18/2011


Dr. Brachtels current research involves projects on the pathology of breast cancer treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy, 3D imaging of breast cancer, and breast cytology. She is MGH site PI in a multicenter clinical trial to test a molecular assay for diagnosis of cancers of uncertain primary, and is collaborating in translational research. Other research interests include:

  • Involvement of the nipple in breast cancer

  • Role of BTG2 in human breast cancer

  • Digital imaging in breast cancer diagnosis

  • Pathologic changes in breast cancer after neoadjuvant chemotherapy

Updated 12/30/2011

Pathology Associates
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696

Phone: 617-726-3980
Phone 2: 617-724-1420
Fax: 617-724-6564