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. Nationally, Dr. Rhee is on the forefront of innovative research on sepsis surveillance and quality monitoring. As an investigator in the Prevention Epicenters Program, he has led several CDC-funded projects including a multicenter collaborative study that estimated the 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 now being used by hospitals and researchers to better track sepsis rates and outcomes, provide new insights into sepsis epidemiology, and drive further innovations in care.  He is a member of several regional and national committees focusing on sepsis, including the Massachusetts Sepsis Consortium, CDC’s Pediatric Sepsis Surveillance Working Group, the IDSA Sepsis Task Force, and as IDSA’s representative to the American College of Emergency Physicians’ Sepsis Guidelines Panel. 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