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.  As the 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. He is a member of the Massachusetts Sepsis Consortium and Emergency Sepsis Protocols Task Force that seeks to reduce sepsis morbidity and mortality across the Commonwealth. Nationally, Dr. Rhee is on the forefront of innovative research on sepsis surveillance and quality monitoring.  As an investigator in the CDC Prevention Epicenters Program, he led a multicenter collaborative project that estimated the U.S. national burden of sepsis using electronic health record data from over 400 hospitals. This work led to the development of CDC’s Adult Sepsis Event surveillance definition that is being used to help hospitals objectively track their sepsis rates and outcomes and drive further innovations in care.  Dr. Rhee has received grant funding from the 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
Boston, MA 02215