Adolf Waller Karchmer

Dr. Adolf W. Karchmer is Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts and a member of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. He was the founding Chief of  the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Deaconess Hospital (Boston, MA) and subsequently Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center from the merger of the Beth Israel and Deaconess Hospitals in 1996 until 2008. Karchmer received his Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Princeton University and his M.D. degree from Harvard Medical School. He completed his internal medicine internship and residency, as well as fellowship training in infectious diseases, at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Karchmer’s major research efforts have focused on infections of the cardiovascular system, especially endocarditis, foreign device infections, and infections in immune compromised hosts. He has had a long standing interest in infections caused by staphylococci. For a decade he was the site principal investigator for National Institutes of Health funded AIDS Clinical Trial Group and for the Bacterial and Mycoses Study Group. From 2000-2016 Dr. Karchmer served as an Associate Editor for Clinical Infectious Diseases. He was on the Editorial Board of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy and the European Journal of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Karchmer has served as a member of the Council of the Infectious Diseases Society of America and the President of the Massachusetts Infectious Diseases Society. He was a founding member and formerly President of the International Society for Cardiovascular Infectious Diseases. He was also a member of the American Heart Association Ad Hoc Committee on Rheumatic Fever, Endocarditis and Kawasaki Disease as well as the Ad Hoc Writing Committee on the Treatment of Endocarditis. He has served on the Infectious Disease Society of America guideline committee for Diabetic Foot Infections and Methicillin- Resistant Staphylococcus aureus Infections. Dr. Karchmer has published over 200 original articles and editorials in scientific journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Clinical Infectious Diseases, Journal of Infectious Diseases, and Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy. He has authored multiple chapters on infective endocarditis, prosthetic valve endocarditis and infection involving cardiac implanted electronic devices in major internal medicine and cardiology textbooks.


Medical Licensure: Massachusetts License Registration No. 0288l6
American Board of Internal Medicine, Certificate No. 39l99

Place of Birth: Memphis, Tennessee


Educational Background




Princeton University, summa cum laude



Harvard Medical School, magna cum laude

Adolf Waller Karchmer

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