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Emergency Medicine

Christopher Robert Carpenter, MD, MSc, FACEP, FAAEM

Current Position
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine
Director, Evidence Based Medicine, Washington University Division of Emergency Medicine


Specialty Areas
Emergency Medicine
Internal Medicine

Patients Seen At
Barnes-Jewish Hospital
400 South Kingshighway, Emergency Department
St. Louis, MO  63110
314-758-6787
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Mailing Address
Washington University School of Medicine
Division of Emergency Medicine
660 South Euclid Avenue, Campus Box 8072
St. Louis, MO  63110

Areas of Clinical Interest
Geriatric emergency medicine, internal medicine

EM Journal Club Director

Areas of Research Interest
Geriatric emergency medicine, clinical decision rules, evidence-based medicine. Faculty member - Best Evidence Emergency Medicine course @ http://www.beemcourse.com/

Board Certification
Emergency Medicine -- Certified
Internal Medicine -- Certified

Medical Education
B.S.: Chemistry, Hope College, Holland Michigan, 1990
Medical Degree: Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, 1994
Chief Resident: Emergency/Internal Medicine, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2003
Residency: Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 2003
Hospital Affiliations
Barnes-Jewish Hospital


Additional Training

Washington University School of Medicine, Master of Science in Clinical Investigations, 2007

Dive Medicine, Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center, Groton, Connecticut, 1996

Editorial Responsibilities

Associate Editor, Academic Emergency Medicine
Associate Editor, Annals of Internal Medicine ACP Journal Club
McMaster University’s Best Evidence Emergency Medicine faculty (2005-present)
PEPID, Senior Editor (2007 – 2011)
American Geriatrics Society, RASP Emergency Medicine Content Expert (2005-2008)
Chief Clinical Content Editor, Emergency Physicians’ Monthly (2007-2011)
Reviewer, Annals of Emergency Medicine
Reviewer, Emergency Medicine Journal
Reviewer, Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Reviewer, Canadian Journal of Emergency Medicine

Honors and Awards

Washington University Distinguished Educator House Staff Teaching Award  2012
Barnes-Jewish Hospital Golden Apple Award (Outstanding Teacher)  2010
Academic Emergency Medicine Outstanding Reviewer (National Award) 2009, 2010
Goldfarb Patient Safety Fellow, Washington University-Barnes Jewish Hospital 2008
Emergency Medicine Residents’ Association Excellence in Teaching Award, 2006
American Geriatrics Society Jahnigen Career Development Scholar’s Award, 2006-2008
Washington University Center for Aging Kopolow Award, 2006
Washington University Division of Emergency Medicine Golden Apple Award, 2005
Washington University Division of Emergency Medicine Golden Stethoscope Award, 2004
American College of Emergency Physicians, Pennsylvania Chapter 2nd place Resident Research Presentation, 2003
Allegheny General Hospital Emergency Medicine Outstanding Clinician Award, 2003
Allegheny General Hospital Excellence in Ambulatory Medicine Award, 2003
Allegheny General Hospital Kenneth Mitchum Internal Medicine Outstanding Clinician Resident Award, 2003
Emergency Medicine Foundation Resident Research Grant, 2002
Navy Commendation Award, 1998
Fleet Marine Force Ribbon, 1998
Battalion Surgeon, Marine Corps Air Station, Yuma, Arizona, 1996-1998
Diving Medical Officer, Groton, Connecticut, 1995-1996
Meritorious Unit Commendation, 1994

Books and Book Chapters

Pines J, Carpenter CR, Raja A, Schuur J. Evidence-Based Emergency Care: Diagnostic Testing and Clinical Decision Rules 2nd Edition, Oxford UK, Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.

Carpenter CR; Teaching Lifelong Learning Skills: Journal Club and Beyond. Rogers RL, Mattu A. Winter M, Martinez J (eds): Practical Teaching in Emergency Medicine 2nd Edition. Oxford UK, Wiley-Blackwell, 2012.

Carpenter CR. Alcoholic Ketoacidosis in Adams’ Emergency Medicine: Expert Consult, 2nd Edition, Saunders Publishing 2012;

Carpenter CR. Alcoholic Ketoacidosis in Adams’ Emergency Medicine: Expert Consult, 2nd Edition, Saunders Publishing 2012; [need to check page numbers]
Carpenter CR, Stern M, Sanders AB; Caring for the Elderly. Rowe BH, Lang ES, Houry D, Newman DH, Wyer PC, (eds): Evidence Based Emergency Medicine. Oxford UK, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009; 260-270.

Carpenter CR. Alcoholic Ketoacidosis in Adams’ Emergency Medicine: Expert Consult, Saunders Publishing 2008; 1735-1738.

5. Carpenter CR, Gerson L; Geriatric Emergency Medicine. LoCicero J, Rosenthal RA, Katlic, MR, Pompei P (eds): A Supplement to New Frontiers in Geriatrics Research: An Agenda for Surgical and Related Medical Specialties, New York, American Geriatrics Society and John A. Hartford Foundation, 2008; 45-71.

Katz ED, Carpenter CR. Fever and Immune Function in the Elderly. Meldon S, Ma OJ, Woolard R (eds), Geriatric Emergency Medicine. New York, McGraw Hill, 2004; 55-69

Carpenter CR. Toxicology. Caterino J, Kahan S (eds), Emergency Medicine in a Page, Malden, Massachusetts, Blackwell Science, 2003; 161-184

Carpenter CR, Kahan, S. Terrorism and Disaster Medicine. Caterino JM, Kahan S (eds), Emergency Medicine in a Page, Malden, Massachusetts, Blackwell Science, 2003; 199-204

Carpenter CR, Gingrich K, Wilberger JE, Warren L, Shah SM. Traumatic Brain Injury, Shah S, Kelly K (eds), Emergency Neurology Principles and Practice Companion Handbook. New York, Cambridge University, 2003; 279-285

Peer Reviewed Publications


Carpenter CR, Platts-Mills, TF; Evolving prehospital, emergency department, and “inpatient” management models for geriatric emergencies, Clin Geriatr Med 2013; 29: 31-47.

Powell BJ, McMillen JC, Proctor EK, Carpenter CR, Griffey RT, Bunger AC, Glass JE, York JL: A compilation of strategies for implementing clinical innovations in health and mental health, Med Care Res Rev 2012; 69: 123-157.

Pines J, Carpenter CR, Raja A, Schuur J. Evidence-Based Emergency Care: Diagnostic Testing and Clinical Decision Rules 2nd Edition, Oxford UK, Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.

Carpenter CR, Keim S, Worster A, Rosen P; BNP in the evaluation of emergency department dyspnea. Is there a role? J Emerg Med 2012; 42: 197-205.

Carpenter CR, Keim SM, Milne WK, Meurer WJ; Thrombolytic therapy for acute ischemic stroke beyond three hours, J Emerg Med 2011; 40:  82-92.

Carpenter CR, DesPain B, Keeling T, Shah M, Rothenberger M; The Six Item Screener and AD8 for the detection of cognitive impairment in geriatric emergency department patients, Ann Emerg Med 2011; 57: 653-661.

Carpenter CR, Heard K, Wilber S, Ginde AA, Stiffler K, Gerson LW, Wenger NS, Miller DK; Research priorities for high quality geriatric emergency care: medication management, screening and prevention, and functional assessment, Acad Emerg Med 2011; 18: 644-654.

Carpenter CR, Shah MN, Hustey FM, Heard K, Gerson LW, Miller DK; High yield research opportunities in geriatric emergency medicine: prehospital care, delirium, adverse drug events, and falls; J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci 2011; 66: 775-783.

Carpenter CR, Bassett ER, Fischer GM, Shirshekan J, Galvin JE, Morris JC; Four sensitive screening tools to detect cognitive dysfunction in geriatric emergency department patients: Brief Alzheimer’s Screen, Short Blessed Test, Ottawa3DY, and the Caregiver Administered AD8, Acad Emerg Med 2011; 18: 374-384.

Carpenter CR, Griffey RT, Stark S, Coopersmith CM, Gage BF; Physician and Nurse Acceptance of Geriatric Technicians to Screen for Geriatric Syndromes in the Emergency Department, Western J Emerg Med 2011; 12: 489-495.

Carpenter CR, Schuur JD, Everett WW, Pines JM; Evidence based diagnostics: Septic arthritis, Acad Emerg Med 2011; 18: 782-796.

Carpenter CR; ACP Journal Club: Which medications are associated with incident delirium? Ann Intern Med 2011; 154: JC6-10

Worster A, Kulasegaram M, Carpenter CR, Vallera T, Upadhye S, Sherbino J, Haynes RB; Inter-rater reliability assessment of the Best Evidence in Emergency Medicine (BEEM) Rater Scale, a medical literature rating tool for emergency physicians, Acad Emerg Med 2011; 18: 1193-2000.

Carpenter CR, Sherbino J; How Does an “Opinion Leader” Influence My Practice? CJEM 2010.
Carpenter CR; Will My Patient Fall? Annals Emerg Med 2009; 53: 398-400.

Sahsi R, Carpenter CR; Does This Pediatric Patient Have a UTI? Annals Emerg Med 2009; 53: 680-684.

Carpenter CR, Keim SM, Crossley J, Perry JJ; Post-Transient Ischemic Attack Early Stroke Risk Stratification: The ABCD2 Prognostic Aid, J Emerg Med 2009; 36: 194-200.

Carpenter CR, Keim SM, Seupaul RA, Pines JM; Differentiating Low-Risk and No-Risk Pulmonary Embolism Patients: The PERC Score, J Emerg Med 2009; 36: 317-322.

Milne WK, Carpenter CR; Does This Patient With Diabetes Have Osteomyelitis of the Lower Extremity? Annals Emerg Med 2009; 53: 677-679.

Carpenter CR, Scheatzle, MD, D’Antonio JA, Ricci PR, Coben JH; Identification of Fall Risk Factors in Older Adult Emergency Department Patients, Acad Emerg Med 2009; 16: 211-219.

Carpenter CR, Keim SM, Upadhye S, Nguyen HB; Risk Stratification of the Potentially Septic Patient in the Emergency Department: The Mortality in the Emergency Department Sepsis (MEDS) Score, J Emerg Med 2009; 37: 319-327.

Worster A, Keim SM, Carpenter C, Adeoye, O; Does early, intensive lowering of blood pressure reduce hematoma volume and improve clinical outcome following acute cerebral hemorrhage? J Emerg Med 2009; 37: 433-438.

Carpenter CR; The San Francisco Syncope Rule did not accurately predict serious short-term outcome in patients with syncope, Evid Based Med 2009; 14: 25.

Carpenter CR; ACP Journal Club: Adding dexamethasone to standard therapy reduced short-term relapse for acute migraine in the emergency department, Ann Intern Med 2009; 150: JC5-11.

Rich MW, Hustey F, Sun B, Carpenter C; Geriatric literature review: revisited, J Am Geriatr Soc 2009; 57: 585-587.

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