About Minna Kohler, MD

Minna Kohler, M.D. RhMSUS is the founder and Director of the Rheumatology Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (MSKUS) Program at MGH. She completed a clinical/research rheumatology fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine. Prior training includes 3 years of general surgery residency, 2 years of the NIH-sponsored fellowship in Image-Guided Therapy in the Department of Radiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and internal medicine residency at Lahey Clinic. Dr. Kohler received diagnostic/ interventional MSKUS training in the Yale MSKUS program for surgeons in the Department of Orthopaedics/Rehabilitation. She developed the MGH rheum ultrasound training curriculum and actively teaches MSKUS to MGH Rheumatology, IM, & Emergency Departments, Spaulding PM&R residents, and Harvard medical students. Dr. Kohler serves as key faculty for  MGH rheumatology and the Spaulding PM&R residency programs (rotation director for rheumatology and ultrasound). She also serves as adjunct faculty to the MGH CURE (Center for Ultrasound Research Education) in the Department of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Kohler is a graduate of the USSONAR (Ultrasound School of North American Rheumatologists) program and serves as a faculty mentor for training ultrasound to rheumatologists nationally. She is the lead co-director for the Harvard MSKUS CME course and has been a pioneer in promoting ultrasound training through the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) (MSKUS Education and RhMSUS certification exam subcommittees). She has been an invited speaker and instructor for numerous courses nationally and internationally. Dr. Kohler has educational/research interests in point-of-care ultrasound related to arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, vasculitis, and other rheumatic diseases. Other clinical and research interests include osteoarthritis, crystal arthritis (gout, pseudogout), psoriatic arthritis, seronegative spondyloarthropathies, rheumatoid arthritis, and immunotherapy related or cancer-related inflammatory arthritis. Her book: Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Rheumatology Review is rated among one of the top rheumatology books per Book Authority.


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Mass General Rheumatology at Waltham
52 Second Ave.
Suite 2600
Waltham, MA 02451
Phone: 781-487-6006

Mass General Rheumatology
55 Fruit St.
Yawkey Center for Outpatient Care
Suite 4B
Boston, MA 02114
Phone: 617-726-7938

Medical Education

  • MD, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine
  • Residency, Lahey Clinic Medical Center
  • Residency, Memorial Medical Center
  • Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Fellowship, Yale New Haven Hospital

American Board Certifications

  • Rheumatology, American Board of Internal Medicine

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Clinical Research Studies: 1. Impact of a Dedicated Academic Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Clinic on Patient Care and Healthcare Costs (PI: Kohler); 2. The Diagnostic Ultrasound Enthesitis Tool (DUET) Study: Development of a Sonographic Enthesitis Score for Early Diagnosis of Psoriatic (Site PI Kohler); 3. Gout and Pseudogout Registries at Massachusetts General Hospital (PI: Choi); 4. Lipids, Inflammation & CV Risk in Rheumatoid Arthritis (PI Liao); 5. Immune-Related Adverse Events in Patients with Malignancy: The Mass General Brigham Experience (PI Reynolds)

Dr. Kohler's publications

Abstracts: Variable Imaging Characteristics Identified by Point-of-Care Ultrasound for Greater Trochanteric Pain Syndrome,  Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Enhances the Evaluation of Checkpoint Inhibitor Associated Musculoskeletal Immune-Related Adverse Events, Ultrasonographic Examinations Show Highly Prevalent Abnormalities of Hamstring Tendons in Lyme Arthritis Patients

Dr. Kohler Research Gate Profile



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