Christopher Robert Carpenter, MD, MSc, FACEP, FAAEM

Christopher Robert Carpenter, MD, MSc, FACEP, FAAEM

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

Phone: 314-362-7979
Fax: 314-362-0419

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  • B.S., Chemistry, Hope College, Holland Michigan 1990
  • M.D., Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan 1994
  • M.Sc., Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, 2007


  • Residency, Emergency Medicine/Internal Medicine, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2003
  • Chief Resident, Emergency/Internal Medicine, Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 2003

Licensure and Board Certification

  • Emergency Medicine
  • Internal Medicine

Honors and Awards

  • Godfrey Chemistry Scholarship, 1987
  • Kent County Medical Foundation Award, 1990
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation, United States Navy, 1994
  • Fleet Marine Force Ribbon, United States Marine Corps, 1998
  • Navy Commendation Award, United States Marine Corps, 1998
  • Emergency Medicine Foundation Resident Research Grant, 2002
  • Allegheny General Hospital Emergency Medicine Outstanding Clinician Award, 2003
  • Allegheny General Hospital Excellence in Ambulatory Medicine Award, 2003
  • Allegheny General Hospital Kenneth Mitchum Resident Award, 2003
  • American College of Emergency Physicians, Pennsylvania Chapter, Best Resident Research Presentation, 2nd Place, 2003
  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital Golden Stethoscope Award (Outstanding Teacher), 2004
  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital Golden Apple Award (Outstanding Teacher), 2005
  • Washington University Center for Aging Kopolow Award (Clinical Care), 2006
  • EMRA Award for Excellence in Teaching (National Award), 2006
  • Academic Emergency Medicine Outstanding Reviewer (National Award), 2009
  • Academic Emergency Medicine Outstanding Reviewer (National Award), 2010
  • Barnes-Jewish Hospital Golden Apple Award (Outstanding Teacher), 2010
  • Washington University Distinguished Educator House Staff Teaching Award, 2012

Recent Publications view all

  1. Hess EP, Grudzen CR, Thompson R, Raja AS, Cone DC, Carpenter CR; Shared decision making in the emergency department: respecting patient autonomy when seconds count, Acad Emerg Med (2015). PMID:26112797
  2. Fuller B, Mohr N, Skrupky L, Fowler SA, Kollef M, Carpenter CR; The use of inhaled prostaglandins in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome: a systematic review and meta-analysis, Chest 2015; 147: 1510-1522. PMCID:PMC4451707
  3. Goodman, MS, Griffey RT, Carpenter CR, Blanchard M, Kaphingst KA; Do subjective measures improve the ability to identify inadequate health literacy in a clinical setting? J Am Board Family Med 2015; 28: 584-594. PMID:26355130
  4. Scott KR, Milne WK, Arora S, Carpenter CR; Hot off the press: Post-emergency department automated messaging to improve follow-up compliance – What is the Number Needed to Text? Acad Emerg Med 2015; 22: 639-641. PMID:25903049
  5. Drake A, Milne WK, Carpenter CR; Hot off the press: Subdissociative dose ketamine for acute pain in the ED, Acad Emerg Med 2015; 22: 887-889. PMID:26130219
  6. Otterness K, Milne WK, Carpenter CR; Hot off the press: B-lines and focused lung ultrasound to diagnose acute heart failure in dyspneic patients, Acad Emerg Med (2015). PMID:26291622
  7. Hwang U, Carpenter C; Assessing geriatric vulnerability for post emergency department adverse outcomes: challenges abound while progress is slow, Emerg Med J (2015). PMID:26311417
  8. Finnerty NM, Rodriguez R, Carpenter CR, Sun B, Theyyunni N, Ohle R, Dodd K, Schoenfeld E, Elm K, Kline J, Holmes JF, Kuppermann N; Clinical decision rules for diagnostic imaging in the emergency department: A research agenda, Acad Emerg Med (2015).
  9. Kanzaria HK, McCabe A, Meisel Z, LeBlanc A, Schaffer JT, Bellolio MF, Vaughan W, Applegate KE, Hollander JE, Grudzen CR, Mills AM, Carpenter CR, Hess EP; Advanced patient-centered outcomes in emergency department diagnostic imaging: A research agenda. Acad Emerg Med (2015).
  10. Carpenter CR, Raja AS, Brown MD; Overtesting and the downstream consequences of overtreatment: Implications of “Preventing Overdiagnosis” for Emergency Medicine, Acad Emerg Med (2015)


  1. 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. ISBN 978-0-470-65783-6

Book Chapters

  1. Carpenter CR; Alcoholic Ketoacidosis. Adams J (ed): Emergency Medicine. Saunders Elsevier, Philadelphia, 2008; 1735-1738.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Carpenter CR; Falls and Fall Prevention in the Elderly. Kahn JH, Olshaker J, Magauran B (eds): Geriatric Emergency Medicine. Cambridge University Press 2014.
  5. Lowery D, Carpenter CR; Cardiac Patients at End of Life in the Emergency Department. Goodlin SJ, Rich MW (eds): End-of-Life in Cardiovascular Disease. London UK, Springer-Verlag, 2015.
  6. Hunter B, Carpenter CR; The Development of Clinical Prediction Rules. Wilson MP, Guluma KZ, Hayden S (eds): Making Order Out of Chaos: Practical Advice for Doing Research in the Emergency and Acute Care Setting.” Wiley (2015)
  7. Carpenter CR, Taleghani N; Older Adults in the Wilderness. Auerbach PS (eds): Wilderness Medicine, 7th Edition. Elsevier (2016).
  8. Carpenter CR, Ruoff B; Evidence Based Medicine and Wilderness Medicine. Auerbach PS (eds): Wilderness Medicine, 7th Edition. Elsevier (2016).
  9. Carpenter CR, Kayne B; Cognition and Decision Making. Fondahn E, Lane M, Vannucci A (eds): Washington University Manual of Patient Safety and Quality, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins (2016)
  10. Carpenter CR; Trauma in the Geriatric Patient. Grossman S, Anderson R, Mattu A, Rosen P (eds): Geriatric Chronicles: Cases, Concepts, and Management, Wiley-Blackwell (2016)

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