Christopher Carpenter, MD, MSC, FACEP, FAAEM, AGSF

Professor, Emergency Medicine

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Dr. Christopher R. Carpenter, M.D., holds a Bachelor’s 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 is a Professor of Emergency Medicine. 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. He is also Past-Chair of the SAEM Evidence Based Medicine Interest Group and previous 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, Best Evidence in Emergency Medicine, and Emergency Medical Abstracts. He has over 164 peer-reviewed publications with a Google Scholar h-Index of 40 placing him within the Top 1% of EM clinical researchers in the United States. He also has authored twenty textbook chapters and co-authored two textbooks. Currently, he is a Deputy Editor-in-Chief for Academic Emergency Medicine and Associate Editor for both Annals of Internal Medicine’s ACP Journal Club and the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. 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” and co-led the 2016 AEM Consensus Conference on Shared Decision Making. He co-led an NIH Work Group to create a framework for Dissemination and Implementation Science and then co-authored the EQUATOR Network reporting standards for Implementation Science. He co-led the GEMSSTAR U13 conferences for over one-hundred early stage investigators across medical and surgical fields.  He also serves on the SAEM Board of Directors, ACEP Clinical Policy Committee, and Chairs the Schwartz/Reisman Emergency Medicine Institute International Advisory Board. He has lectured locally and regionally on various issues related to emergency care of aging adults, evidence based medicine, and implementation science.