Chanu Rhee

Dr. Rhee is an Assistant Professor of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School / Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute and an intensivist, infectious disease physician, and Assistant Hospital Epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He graduated summa cum laude from Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency, chief residency, and critical care fellowship at Stanford University Hospital prior to his infectious disease fellowship in the combined Massachusetts General Hospital / Brigham and Women’s Hospital program and MPH degree at Harvard School of Public Health.   

Dr. Rhee’s clinical and research interest is the epidemiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of sepsis and infections in critically ill patients, with a particular focus on using electronic health record data to improve disease surveillance and quality of care. In his role as clinical co-lead for the Partners Sepsis Collaborative, he has been an institutional leader in ongoing efforts to improve sepsis recognition and management across the Partners HealthCare System. As an investigator in the CDC Prevention Epicenters Program, he has led multiple studies that have improved our capacity to monitor sepsis incidence and outcomes, including a multicenter collaborative study that estimated the national burden of sepsis using clinical data from the electronic health record systems of over 400 hospitals. His work led to the development of CDC’s Adult Sepsis Event surveillance paradigm that is now being used by hospitals and researchers to better track sepsis rates, provide new insights into sepsis epidemiology and treatment strategies, and drive further innovations in care.   

Dr. Rhee is a member of the editorial board for Critical Care Medicine and is involved in several regional and national committees focusing on sepsis, including the Massachusetts Sepsis Consortium, the American College of Emergency Physicians Sepsis Guidelines Panel, and the Infectious Diseases Society of America Sepsis Task Force. He has received grant funding from CDC and is currently supported by a K08 career development award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Staff Assistant

Chamaine Washington

Phone: (617) 867-4210


Assistant Professor

Mailing Address
Harvard Medical School
Department of Population Medicine
401 Park Drive, Suite 401 East
Boston, MA 02215