Christopher R. Carpenter, MD, Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine

Director, Evidence Based Medicine, Washington University Division of Emergency Medicine

Chair, SAEM Evidence Based Medicine Interest Group
Chair, ACEP Geriatric Section
Associate Editor, Academic Emergency Medicine
Associate Editor, Annals of Internal Medicine ACP Journal Club

Dr. Carpenter's Lab

Dr. Christopher R. Carpenter, M.D., holds a Bachelors degree in Science degree in Chemistry from Hope College where he graduated cum laude in 1990. He graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1994 before fulfilling a military commitment with the United States Navy as a Diving Medical Officer. In 1998, he began a five-year residency in Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh, serving as a dual chief resident during his final year. In 2003, he joined the faculty of Emergency Medicine at the Washington University in St. Louis with primary clinical duties at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He has been Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine since 2012. He earned his Master’s Degree in Clinical Investigation in 2007 through the Washington University CRTC.

Dr. Carpenter’s primary emergency medicine research interests are geriatrics, cognitive dysfunction, evidence based medicine, diagnostic testing, and implementation science. He has served on multiple international collaborations to improve the emergency department management of geriatric adults, including: several Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Geriatric Task Forces; the American Geriatric Society’s (AGS) New Frontiers Research Agenda Setting Process; and the American College of Emergency Physicians’ Geriatric Section, of which he is the current Chair. He is also the current Chair of the SAEM Evidence Based Medicine Interest Group and Washington University Director of Evidence Based Medicine since 2003. Dr. Carpenter is faculty on several international CME events, including the McMaster Evidence Based Clinical Practice, University of California in San Francisco Evidence Based Diagnostics, and Best Evidence in Emergency Medicine. He has over 50 peer-reviewed publications with an h-Index of 14 placing him within the Top 5% of EM clinical researchers in the United States. He also has authored ten textbook chapters and co-authored his first textbook in 2013. Currently, he is an Associate Editor for Academic Emergency Medicine and Annals of Internal Medicine’s ACP Journal Club. He served as Guest Editor for Clinics in Geriatric Medicine and Guest Editor for the November 2015 issue of Academic Emergency Medicine Consensus Conference, which is themed “Reducing Diagnostic Testing”. He has lectured locally and regionally on various issues related to emergency care of aging adults, evidence based medicine, and implementation science.


  • BS, 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
  • Washington University School of Medicine, Master of Science in Clinical Investigations, 2007
  • Dive Medicine, Naval Diving and Salvage Training Center, Groton, Connecticut, 1996

Licensure and Board Certification

  • Emergency Medicine - Certified
  • Internal Medicine -- Certified

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



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