Christopher Carpenter, MD, MSC, FACEP, FAAEM

Professor, Emergency Medicine


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 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, 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.