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Chanu Rhee

Associate Professor

Dr. Chanu Rhee is an Associate Professor of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School / Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute and an infectious disease physician, intensivist, and Associate 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 interests include sepsis, infection control, healthcare epidemiology, and infections in critically ill and immunocompromised patients, with a particular focus on using electronic health record data to improve disease surveillance, diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and quality of care. Within the Mass General Brigham healthcare system, he is involved with multiple initiatives aimed at preventing healthcare-associated infections and has been an institutional leader in improving sepsis care and organizing the infection control response to COVID-19. As an investigator in the CDC Prevention Epicenters Program, he has led multiple studies that have advanced our understanding of sepsis epidemiology and improved the nation’s capacity to monitor its 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 epidemiology and treatment strategies, and drive further innovations in care.

Dr. Rhee is a member of the editorial board for Critical Care Medicine and Critical Care Explorations 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 was funded by AHRQ through a K08 career development award, has been lead investigator on several CDC-funded projects, and is currently co-principal investigator on a R01 grant from AHRQ aimed at developing better sepsis definitions and quality metrics. 


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