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NCIRE-The Veterans Health Research Institute is the leading private nonprofit institute devoted to Veterans health research in the United States. Our mission is to advance Veterans health through research.

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Christopher G. Choukalas, MD, MS

Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Anesthesia and Perioperative Care, UCSF
Email: christopher.choukalas@va.gov

Algorithms for predicting clinical decompensation in hospitalized patients

Dr. Choukalas is an academic anesthesiologist and intensive care physician. He conducts research on prediction algorithms for the detection of critical illness, consults for medical device marketers, leads process improvement/systems redesign efforts using lean methodologies, and thinks and writes about the larger world of healthcare structure and policy.

His undergraduate and graduate degrees are in psychology from Gustavus Adolphus College and Iowa State University, respectively, and he graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. He completed residency training in anesthesiology at the University of Chicago, and fellowship training in critical care medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He is board-certified in anesthesiology and critical care medicine, and is an active clinician in both specialties.

To see Dr. Choukalas on PubMed, click here.