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Minna Kohler, M.D.

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Minna Kohler, M.D. RhMSUS is the founder and Director of the Rheumatology Musculoskeletal Ultrasound (MSKUS) Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Kohler is key faculty for the MGH rheumatology and the Spaulding PM&R residency programs (rotation director for rheumatology and ultrasound). She is also adjunct faculty to the MGH CURE (Center for Ultrasound Research Education) in the Department of Emergency Medicine.

Dr. Kohler completed a clinical/research rheumatology fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine. Prior training includes 3 years of general surgery residency, 2 years of the NIH-sponsored fellowship in Image-Guided Therapy in the Department of Radiology at Brigham and Women's Hospital, and internal medicine residency at Lahey Clinic. Dr. Kohler received diagnostic/ interventional MSKUS training in the Yale MSKUS program for surgeons in the Department of Orthopaedics/Rehabilitation. She developed the MGH rheum ultrasound training curriculum and actively teaches MSKUS to MGH Rheumatology, IM, & Emergency Departments, Spaulding PM&R residents, and Harvard medical students. Dr. Kohler is a graduate of the USSONAR (Ultrasound School of North American Rheumatologists) program and serves as a faculty mentor for training ultrasound to rheumatologists nationally. She is the lead co-director for the Harvard MSKUS CME course and has been a pioneer in promoting ultrasound training through the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) (MSKUS Education and RhMSUS certification exam subcommittees). She has been an invited speaker and instructor for numerous courses nationally and internationally.

Dr. Kohler has educational/research interests in point-of-care ultrasound related to arthritis, tendinitis, bursitis, vasculitis, and other rheumatic diseases. Other clinical and research interests include osteoarthritis, crystal arthritis (gout, pseudogout), psoriatic arthritis, seronegative spondyloarthropathies/AS, rheumatoid arthritis, and immunotherapy related or cancer-related inflammatory arthritis. Her book: Musculoskeletal Ultrasound in Rheumatology Review is rated among one of the top rheumatology books per Book Authority.

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  1. Dejaco C, Ponte C, Monti S, Rozza D, Scirè CA, Terslev L, Bruyn GAW, Boumans D, Hartung W, Hocevar A, Milchert M, Døhn UM, Mukhtyar CB, Aschwanden M, Bosch P, Camellino D, Chrysidis S, Ciancio G, D'Agostino MA, Daikeler T, Dasgupta B, De Miguel E, Diamantopoulos AP, Duftner C, Agueda A, Fredberg U, Hanova P, Hansen IT, Hauge EM, Iagnocco A, Inanc N, Juche A, Karalilova R, Kawamoto T, Keller KK, Keen HI, Kermani TA, Kohler MJ, Koster M, Luqmani RA, Macchioni P, Mackie SL, Naredo E, Nielsen BD, Ogasawara M, Pineda C, Schäfer VS, Seitz L, Tomelleri A, Torralba KD, van der Geest KSM, Warrington KJ, Schmidt WA. The provisional OMERACT ultrasonography score for giant cell arteritis. Ann Rheum Dis. 2022 Dec 12. PMID: 36600183.
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  2. Yokose C, McCormick N, Lu N, Joshi AD, Jackson L, Kohler MJ, Yinh J, Zhang Y, Hsu J, Dalbeth N, Saag KG, Choi HK. Nationwide racial/ethnic disparities in US emergency department visits and hospitalizations for gout. Rheumatology (Oxford). 2022 Oct 11. PMID: 36218483.
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  3. Tedeschi SK, Pascart T, Latourte A, Godsave C, Kundakci B, Naden RP, Taylor WJ, Dalbeth N, Neogi T, Perez-Ruiz F, Rosenthal A, Becce F, Pascual E, Andres M, Bardin T, Doherty M, Ea HK, Filippou G, FitzGerald J, Guitierrez M, Iagnocco A, Jansen TL, Kohler MJ, Lioté F, Matza M, McCarthy GM, Ramonda R, Reginato AM, Richette P, Singh JA, Sivera F, So A, Stamp LK, Yinh J, Yokose C, Terkeltaub R, Choi H, Abhishek A. Identifying Potential Classification Criteria for Calcium Pyrophosphate Deposition Disease: Item Generation and Item Reduction. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2022 10; 74(10):1649-1658. PMID: 33973414; PMCID: PMC8578594.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    
  4. Tedeschi SK, Becce F, Pascart T, Guermazi A, Budzik JF, Dalbeth N, Filippou G, Iagnocco A, Kohler MJ, Laredo JD, Smith SE, Simeone FJ, Yinh J, Choi H, Abhishek A. Imaging Features of Calcium Pyrophosphate Deposition Disease: Consensus Definitions From an International Multidisciplinary Working Group. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2022 Apr 19. PMID: 35439343; PMCID: PMC9579212.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    
  5. Chen YT, Yun PH, Sutton AJ, D Silva KM, Kohler MJ. The Ultrasound-guided Anteromedial Joint Line Approach: A Targeted Corticosteroid Injection Technique for Patients With Medial Knee Pain. Pain Physician. 2022 03; 25(2):E319-E329. PMID: 35322987.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  6. Zubiri L, Molina GE, Mooradian MJ, Cohen J, Durbin SM, Petrillo L, Boland GM, Juric D, Dougan M, Thomas MF, Faje AT, Rengarajan M, Guidon AC, Chen ST, Okin D, Medoff BD, Nasrallah M, Kohler MJ, Schoenfeld SR, Karp-Leaf RS, Sise ME, Neilan TG, Zlotoff DA, Farmer JR, Bardia A, Sullivan RJ, Blum SM, Semenov YR, Villani AC, Reynolds KL. Effect of a multidisciplinary Severe Immunotherapy Complications Service on outcomes for patients receiving immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy for cancer. J Immunother Cancer. 2021 09; 9(9). PMID: 34544895; PMCID: PMC8454442.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  7. Molina GE, Zubiri L, Cohen JV, Durbin SM, Petrillo L, Allen IM, Murciano-Goroff YR, Dougan M, Thomas MF, Faje AT, Rengarajan M, Guidon AC, Chen ST, Okin D, Medoff BD, Nasrallah M, Kohler MJ, Schoenfeld SR, Karp Leaf RS, Sise ME, Neilan TG, Zlotoff DA, Farmer JR, Mooradian MJ, Bardia A, Mai M, Sullivan RJ, Semenov YR, Villani AC, Reynolds KL. Temporal Trends and Outcomes Among Patients Admitted for Immune-Related Adverse Events: A Single-Center Retrospective Cohort Study from 2011 to 2018. Oncologist. 2021 06; 26(6):514-522. PMID: 33655682; PMCID: PMC8176966.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  8. Rodriguez JA, D'Silva K, Kohler M, Ghoshhajra B, Hedgire S. Catastrophic Thrombotic Storm. Clin Imaging. 2021 06; 74:64-66. PMID: 33434868.
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  9. Stone JH, Frigault MJ, Serling-Boyd NJ, Fernandes AD, Harvey L, Foulkes AS, Horick NK, Healy BC, Shah R, Bensaci AM, Woolley AE, Nikiforow S, Lin N, Sagar M, Schrager H, Huckins DS, Axelrod M, Pincus MD, Fleisher J, Sacks CA, Dougan M, North CM, Halvorsen YD, Thurber TK, Dagher Z, Scherer A, Wallwork RS, Kim AY, Schoenfeld S, Sen P, Neilan TG, Perugino CA, Unizony SH, Collier DS, Matza MA, Yinh JM, Bowman KA, Meyerowitz E, Zafar A, Drobni ZD, Bolster MB, Kohler M, D'Silva KM, Dau J, Lockwood MM, Cubbison C, Weber BN, Mansour MK. Efficacy of Tocilizumab in Patients Hospitalized with Covid-19. N Engl J Med. 2020 12 10; 383(24):2333-2344. PMID: 33085857; PMCID: PMC7646626.
    Citations: 510     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  10. Yerich NV, Alvarez C, Schwartz TA, Savage-Guin S, Renner JB, Bakewell CJ, Kohler MJ, Lin J, Samuels J, Nelson AE. A Standardized, Pragmatic Approach to Knee Ultrasound for Clinical Research in Osteoarthritis: The Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project. ACR Open Rheumatol. 2020 Jul; 2(7):438-448. PMID: 32597564; PMCID: PMC7368135.
    Citations: 2     
  11. Wu M, Peng L, Donroe JH, Kohler MJ, Wang L, Zeng X, Li M, Hsieh E. Musculoskeletal ultrasound imaging training, use, and knowledge among rheumatologists in China. Clin Rheumatol. 2021 Jan; 40(1):321-330. PMID: 32506316.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  12. Torralba KD, Cannella AC, Kissin EY, Bolster MB, Salto LM, Higgs J, Samuels J, Nishio MJ, Kaeley GS, Evangelisto A, De Marco P, Kohler MJ. Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Instruction in Adult Rheumatology Fellowship Programs. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2020 06; 72(6):859-870. PMID: 28777891.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  13. Zubiri L, Allen IM, Taylor MS, Guidon AC, Chen ST, Schoenfeld SR, Neilan TG, Sise ME, Mooradian MJ, Rubin KM, Leaf RK, Parikh AR, Faje A, Gainor JF, Cohen JV, Fintelmann FJ, Kohler MJ, Dougan M, Reynolds KL. Immune-Related Adverse Events in the Setting of PD-1/L1 Inhibitor Combination Therapy. Oncologist. 2019 Nov 21. PMID: 31754069.
  14. Zubiri L, Allen IM, Taylor MS, Guidon AC, Chen ST, Schoenfeld SR, Neilan TG, Sise ME, Mooradian MJ, Rubin KM, Leaf RK, Parikh AR, Faje A, Gainor JF, Cohen JV, Fintelmann FJ, Kohler MJ, Dougan M, Reynolds KL. Immune-Related Adverse Events in the Setting of PD-1/L1 Inhibitor Combination Therapy. Oncologist. 2020 03; 25(3):e398-e404. PMID: 32162817; PMCID: PMC7066708.
    Citations: 3     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  15. Bockbrader MA, Thompson RD, Way DP, Colachis SC, Siddiqui IJ, Luz J, Borg-Stein J, O'Connor K, Kohler MJ, Bahner DP. Toward a Consensus for Musculoskeletal Ultrasonography Education in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation: A National Poll of Residency Directors. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2019 08; 98(8):715-724. PMID: 31318753; PMCID: PMC6635046.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  16. Bockbrader MA, Thompson RD, Way DP, Colachis SC, Siddiqui IJ, Luz J, Borg-Stein J, O'Connor K, Kohler MJ, Bahner DP. Towards a consensus for musculoskeletal ultrasonography education in Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation: A national poll of residency directors. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2019 Apr 10. PMID: 30985303.
  17. Kohler MJ. Does menopausal hormonal therapy have a role in treatment of knee osteoarthritis? Menopause. 2019 04 08; 26(6):576-577. PMID: 30969184.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  18. Mooradian MJ, Nasrallah M, Gainor JF, Reynolds KL, Cohen JV, Lawrence DP, Miloslavsky EM, Kohler MJ, Sullivan RJ, Schoenfeld SR. Musculoskeletal rheumatic complications of immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy: A single center experience. Semin Arthritis Rheum. 2019 06; 48(6):1127-1132. PMID: 30409415.
    Citations: 27     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  19. Palamara K, Nagarur A, Fintelmann FJ, Kohler MJ, Cortazar FB. Case 32-2017. A 64-Year-Old Man with Dyspnea, Wheezing, Headache, Cough, and Night Sweats. N Engl J Med. 2017 10 19; 377(16):1569-1578. PMID: 29045211.
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  20. Ward IM, Kissin E, Kaeley G, Scott JN, Newkirk M, Hildebrand BA, Lospinoso J, Kohler MJ, Higgs JB. Ultrasound Features of the Posterior Tibialis Tendon and Peroneus Brevis Tendon Entheses: Comparison Study Between Healthy Adults and Those With Inflammatory Arthritis. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2017 10; 69(10):1519-1525. PMID: 27998042.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  21. Lochhead RB, Strle K, Kim ND, Kohler MJ, Arvikar SL, Aversa JM, Steere AC. MicroRNA Expression Shows Inflammatory Dysregulation and Tumor-Like Proliferative Responses in Joints of Patients With Postinfectious Lyme Arthritis. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2017 05; 69(5):1100-1110. PMID: 28076897; PMCID: PMC5406251.
    Citations: 18     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  22. Diaz R, Miller JE, Borg-Stein J, Kohler MJ. Poster 118 Ultrasound-Guided Proximal Tibiofibular Joint Injection in the Management of Proximal Tibiofibular Joint Arthritis and Instability: A Case Report. PM R. 2016 Sep; 8(9S):S200. PMID: 27672886.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    
  23. Rempell JS, Saldana F, DiSalvo D, Kumar N, Stone MB, Chan W, Luz J, Noble VE, Liteplo A, Kimberly H, Kohler MJ. Pilot Point-of-Care Ultrasound Curriculum at Harvard Medical School: Early Experience. West J Emerg Med. 2016 Nov; 17(6):734-740. PMID: 27833681.
    Citations: 26     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  24. Chernack B, Knowlton SE, Kohler MJ. The Use of Ultrasound in Palliative Care and Hospice. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2017 May; 34(4):385-391. PMID: 26758801.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  25. Siddiqui IJ, Luz J, Borg-Stein J, O'Connor K, Bockbrader M, Rainey H, Way D, Colachis S, Bahner DP, Kohler MJ. The Current State of Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Education in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Residency Programs. PM R. 2016 07; 8(7):660-6. PMID: 26690020.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  26. Luz J, Siddiqui I, Jain NB, Kohler MJ, Donovan J, Gerrard P, Borg-Stein J. Resident-Perceived Benefit of a Diagnostic and Interventional Musculoskeletal Ultrasound Curriculum: A Multifaceted Approach Using Independent Study, Peer Teaching, and Interdisciplinary Collaboration. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2015 Dec; 94(12):1095-103. PMID: 26098924; PMCID: PMC4710470.
    Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  27. Mittal V, Miller JE, Kohler MJ. Osteitis Condensans Illii and Acetabular Labral Tear after Pregnancy: A Case Report. Phys Med Rehabil Int. 2015; 2(5):1049. View Publication.
  28. Ramey LN, Knowlton SE, Amorese-O'Connell L, Kohler MJ. Ultrasound Identification of Maximal Subdeltoid Bursa Distention Alters the Ultrasound-Guided Injection Approach for Shoulder Pain. Phys Med Rehabil Int. 2015; 2(5):1048. View Publication.
  29. Luz J, Johnson AH, Kohler MJ. Point-of-care ultrasonography in the diagnosis and management of superficial peroneal nerve entrapment: case series. Foot Ankle Int. 2014 Dec; 35(12):1362-6. PMID: 25249318.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  30. Kohler MJ, Amezaga M, Drozd J, Crowley ST, Gulanski B, Anderson DR, Fraenkel L. Use of a computerized order set to increase prescription of calcium and vitamin D supplementation in patients receiving glucocorticoids. J Gen Intern Med. 2013 Jun; 28(6):825-9. PMID: 23404201.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  31. Fraenkel L, Falzer P, Fried T, Kohler M, Peters E, Kerns R, Leventhal H. Measuring pain impact versus pain severity using a numeric rating scale. J Gen Intern Med. 2012 May; 27(5):555-60. PMID: 22081365.
    Citations: 14     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  32. Makris UE, Kohler M, Fraenkel L. J Rheumatol. Dr. Makris, et al, reply. 2011; 3(38):573. View Publication.
  33. Makris UE, Kohler MJ, Fraenkel L. Adverse effects of topical nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs in older adults with osteoarthritis: a systematic literature review. J Rheumatol. 2010 Jun; 37(6):1236-43. PMID: 20360183.
    Citations: 33     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  34. Fennessy FM, Tempany CM, McDannold NJ, So MJ, Hesley G, Gostout B, Kim HS, Holland GA, Sarti DA, Hynynen K, Jolesz FA, Stewart EA. Uterine leiomyomas: MR imaging-guided focused ultrasound surgery--results of different treatment protocols. Radiology. 2007 Jun; 243(3):885-93. PMID: 17446521.
    Citations: 69     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  35. So MJ, Fennessy FM, Zou KH, McDannold N, Hynynen K, Jolesz FA, Stewart EA, Rybicki FJ, Tempany CM. Does the phase of menstrual cycle affect MR-guided focused ultrasound surgery of uterine leiomyomas? Eur J Radiol. 2006 Aug; 59(2):203-7. PMID: 16766153.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
  36. McDannold N, Tempany CM, Fennessy FM, So MJ, Rybicki FJ, Stewart EA, Jolesz FA, Hynynen K. Uterine leiomyomas: MR imaging-based thermometry and thermal dosimetry during focused ultrasound thermal ablation. Radiology. 2006 Jul; 240(1):263-72. PMID: 16793983; PMCID: PMC1850234.
    Citations: 69     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  37. Barnes AS, Haker SJ, Mulkern RV, So M, D'Amico AV, Tempany CM. Magnetic resonance spectroscopy-guided transperineal prostate biopsy and brachytherapy for recurrent prostate cancer. Urology. 2005 Dec; 66(6):1319. PMID: 16360468.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  38. Villalba ML, Huynh B, So M, Mackenzie JD, Ledbetter S, Rybicki F. An ovary with a twist: a case of interesting sonographic findings of ovarian torsion. J Emerg Med. 2005 Nov; 29(4):443-6. PMID: 16243204.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  39. Stewart EA, So MJ, Fennessy FM, McDannold NJ, Hynynen K, Tempany CMC. OC1.03 High-intensity focused ultrasound: the treatment of uterine fibroids and other potential applications. Ultrasound Obstet Gynecol. 2005; 4(26):309. View Publication.
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