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David J. Karras, MD

David J. Karras, MD


Assistant Dean, Clinical Education Integration

Professor and Associate Chair, Emergency Medicine

Associate Chair, Academic Affairs

Telephone:  215-707-5032

Email: david.karras@tuhs.temple.edu


Dean's Staff

Department of Emergency Medicine


Educational Background:

BA, Behavioral Biology (magna cum laude, honors in the major), University of Pennsylvania College of Arts and Sciences, Philadelphia, PA, 1983


MD, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY, 1987


Internal Medicine Residency, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 1987-1990


Chief Resident, Internal Medicine, Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA, 1990-1991


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clinical Interests:


Emergency medicine

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board certification(s):

  • National Board of Medical Examiners, 1988 - present
  • American Board of Internal Medicine, 1990 - 2000
  • American Board of Emergency Medicine, 1997 - present

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professional affiliations:

  • Associate Editor, Academic Emergency Medicine
  • Fellow, American College of Emergency Physicians
  • Fellow, American Academy of Emergency Medicine
  • Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
  • Chair, Research Directors' Group, Society for Academic Emergency Medicine, 2003 - 2005

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research interests:

  • Emerging infectious diseases
  • Emergency department management of hypertension
  • Resident and medical student education
  • Development of academic research programs

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Karras DJ, Kane D.  Serum cardiac markers in the emergency department diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction.  In:  Harrigan RA, ed.  Emergency Medicine Clinics in North America 2001; 19: pp 321-337.


Karras DJ.  Miscellaneous infectious syndromes:  Lyme carditis, human immunodeficiency virus-associated, and Chagas disease.  In:  Chan TC, Brady WJ, Harrigan RA, Ornato JP, Rosen P, eds.  ECG in Emergency Medicine and Acute Care.  Elsevier-Mosby, 2005. pp 324-327.


Saks MA, Karras DJ.  Emerging infectious diseases.  In:  Hirshon JM, ed.  Emergency Medicine Clinics of North America 2006; 24: pp 1019-1033.


Karras DJ, Satz WA, Barrett J.  Errors in the management of infectious disease emergencies.  In:  Mattu A, Goyal D, eds.  Errors and Pitfalls in Emergency Medicine.  British Medical Journal, Blackwell Press, 2007; pp 63-71.


Karras DJ.  Case studies in emergency medicine.  In:  Spandorfer J, Pohl C, Nasca T, Rattner SL, eds.  Professionalism in Medicine:  The Case-Based Guide for Medical Students.  Cambridge University Press 2007; in press.


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Recent Medically Related Publications, Obtained from PubMed (Click on PubMed ID to view abstract)

24730412. Ufberg JW, Karras DJ, Dogma challenged: tetracaine for corneal abrasions? Acad Emerg Med 21:4(467-8)2014 Apr

23842055. del Portal DA, Karras DJ, Infectious disease/CDC update. Update on emerging infections: news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Ann Emerg Med 62:1(91-3)2013 Jul

20728770. Miller R, Karras DJ, Commentary. Update on emerging infections: news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Congenital syphilis--United States 2003-2008. Ann Emerg Med 56:3(296-7)2010 Sep

17499391. Karras DJ, Kruus LK, Cienki JJ, Wald MM, Ufberg JW, Shayne P, Wald DA, Heilpern KL, Utility of routine testing for patients with asymptomatic severe blood pressure elevation in the emergency department. Ann Emerg Med 51:3(231-9)2008 Mar

16636359. Karras DJ, Kruus LK, Baumann BM, Cienki JJ, Blanda M, Stern SA, Panacek EA, Emergency medicine research directors and research programs: characteristics and factors associated with productivity. Acad Emerg Med 13:6(637-44)2006 Jun

16492489. Karras DJ, Kruus LK, Cienki JJ, Wald MM, Chiang WK, Shayne P, Ufberg JW, Harrigan RA, Wald DA, Heilpern KL, Evaluation and treatment of patients with severely elevated blood pressure in academic emergency departments: a multicenter study. Ann Emerg Med 47:3(230-6)2006 Mar

16141017. Karras DJ, Ufberg JW, Heilpern KL, Cienki JJ, Chiang WK, Wald MM, Harrigan RA, Wald DA, Shayne P, Gaughan J, Kruus LK, Elevated blood pressure in urban emergency department patients. Acad Emerg Med 12:9(835-43)2005 Sep

15915418. Ufberg JW, Bushra JS, Karras DJ, Satz WA, Kueppers F, Aspiration of gastric contents: association with prehospital intubation. Am J Emerg Med 23:3(379-82)2005 May

15765324. Karras DJ, Ufberg JW, Harrigan RA, Wald DA, Botros MS, McNamara RM, Lack of relationship between hypertension-associated symptoms and blood pressure in hypertensive ED patients. Am J Emerg Med 23:2(106-10)2005 Mar

15726058. Ufberg JW, Karras DJ, Update on emerging infections: news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Imported Lassa fever--New Jersey, 2004. Ann Emerg Med 45:3(323-6)2005 Mar

15666273. Ufberg JW, Bushra JS, Patel D, Wong E, Karras DJ, Kueppers F, A new pepsin assay to detect pulmonary aspiration of gastric contents among newly intubated patients. Am J Emerg Med 22:7(612-4)2004 Nov

14709430. Bushra JS, McNeil B, Wald DA, Schwell A, Karras DJ, A comparison of trauma intubations managed by anesthesiologists and emergency physicians. Acad Emerg Med 11:1(66-70)2004 Jan

14634611. Karras DJ, Ong S, Moran GJ, Nakase J, Kuehnert MJ, Jarvis WR, Talan DA, Antibiotic use for emergency department patients with acute diarrhea: Prescribing practices, patient expectations, and patient satisfaction. Ann Emerg Med 42:6(835-42)2003 Dec

12085083. Karras DJ, Update on emerging infections: news from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Pertussis--United States, 1997-2000. Ann Emerg Med 40:1(115-9)2002 Jul

11772666. Karras DJ, Heilpern KL, Riley LJ, Hughes L, Gaughan JP, Urine dipstick as a screening test for serum creatinine elevation in emergency department patients with severe hypertension. Acad Emerg Med 9:1(27-34)2002 Jan

11373981. Karras DJ, Kane DL, Serum markers in the emergency department diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction. Emerg Med Clin North Am 19:2(321-37)2001 May

10805619. Karras DJ, Sammon ME, Terregino CA, Lopez BL, Griswold SK, Arnold GK, Clinically meaningful changes in quantitative measures of asthma severity. Acad Emerg Med 7:4(327-34)2000 Apr

10613949. Karras DJ, Incidence of foodborne illnesses: preliminary data from the foodborne diseases active surveillance network (FoodNet). Ann Emerg Med 35:1(92-3)2000 Jan

9737494. Shapiro NI, Karras DJ, Leech SH, Heilpern KL, Absolute lymphocyte count as a predictor of CD4 count. Ann Emerg Med 32:3 Pt 1(323-8)1998 Sep

9043544. Karras DJ, Statistical methodology: II. Reliability and validity assessment in study design, Part B. Acad Emerg Med 4:2(144-7)1997 Feb

9110015. Karras DJ, Statistical methodology: II. Reliability and variability assessment in study design, Part A. Acad Emerg Med 4:1(64-71)1997 Jan

8765116. Karras DJ, Farrell SE, Harrigan RA, Henretig FM, Gealt L, Poisoning from "Spanish fly" (cantharidin). Am J Emerg Med 14:5(478-83)1996 Sep

7486362. Karras DJ, D'Alonzo GE, Heilpern KL, Is circadian variation in asthma severity relevant in the emergency department? Ann Emerg Med 26:5(558-62)1995 Nov

8285978. Karras DJ, Severe low back pain secondary to acute interstitial nephritis following administration of ranitidine. Am J Emerg Med 12:1(67-8)1994 Jan

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