About Elena Brachtel, MD

Dr. Brachtel received her MD degree from the University of Hamburg Medical School, Hamburg, Germany. After her doctoral thesis under the supervision of Professor 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 anatomic 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 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 breast cytology, molecular diagnostics and digital imaging.

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Pathology Associates
55 Fruit Street
Boston, MA 02114-2696
Fax: 617-724-6564

Medical Education

  • MD, University of Hamburg Faculty of Medicine
  • Residency, Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital

American Board Certifications

  • Anatomic Pathology, American Board of Pathology
  • Cytopathology, American Board of Pathology

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Dr. Brachtel's current research involves projects on digital imaging in breast cancer diagnosis, breast cytology and the pathology of breast cancer treated with neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Other research interests include nipple involvement in breast cancer and nipple sparing mastectomy, molecular features of metastatic breast cancer and HER2 testing. She is collaborating in various translational and clinical research projects,  and has been principal investigator of the Massachusetts General Hospital site in a multicenter clinical trial to test a molecular assay for diagnosis of cancers of uncertain primary site.