Elizabeth S. Klings, MD

Associate Professor, Medicine

Elizabeth Klings
72 E. Concord St Housman (R)


Dr. Klings is an Associate Professor in the Department of Medicine. She is the Director of the Center for Excellence in Sickle Cell Disease and the Director of the Pulmonary Hypertension at BUSM/Boston Medical Center. She has an outpatient clinical practice focused on patients with pulmonary hypertension and those with pulmonary complications of sickle cell disease. She attends in the Medical Intensive Care Unit and on the Pulmonary Hypertension Consultation Service at Boston Medical Center. As Director of the largest sickle cell center in New England, Dr. Klings has created numerous new clinical programs for our patients and has expanded the clinical trials program.

Dr. Klings’ research since fellowship has focused on pathogenesis of pulmonary vascular complications of sickle cell disease. She is an NIH-funded Principal Investigator .in the Pulmonary Center collaborating with numerous other investigators across the medical campus. She has phenotypically screened over 200 sickle cell patients at Boston Medical Center for the presence of pulmonary hypertension and currently investigating the roles of disease modulators including sleep-disordered breathing and venous thromboembolism in the endothelial and vascular dysfunction these patients experience. Known internationally as a leader in the care and treatment of patients with sickle cell disease, she was first author of the American Thoracic Society sponsored clinical guidelines for Diagnosis and Treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension in Sickle Cell Disease. She recently chaired an ATS sponsored workshop to define clinical and research priorities in sickle cell lung disease and serves on the NHLBI Sickle Cell Disease Advisory Committee.

Other Positions

  • Active Staff Privileges, Pulmonary, Allergy, Sleep & Critical Care Medicine, Medicine, Boston Medical Center


  • New York University School of Medicine, MD
  • New York University, BA


  • Published on 9/3/2018

    Kopel LS, Klings ES, Monuteaux MC, Gaffin JM, Heeney MM, Phipatanakul W. Bronchodilator Use for Acute Chest Syndrome Among Large Pediatric Hospitals in North America. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2018 Dec; 57(14):1630-1637. PMID: 30173539.

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  • Published on 6/1/2018

    Kim D, Lee KM, Freiman MR, Powell WR, Klings ES, Rinne ST, Miller DR, Rose AJ, Wiener RS. Phosphodiesterase-5 Inhibitor Therapy for Pulmonary Hypertension in the United States. Actual versus Recommended Use. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2018 Jun; 15(6):693-701. PMID: 29485908.

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  • Published on 4/18/2018

    Nakagawa A, Ferrari M, Schleifer G, Cooper MK, Liu C, Yu B, Berra L, Klings ES, Safo RS, Chen Q, Musayev FN, Safo MK, Abdulmalik O, Bloch DB, Zapol WM. A Triazole Disulfide Compound Increases the Affinity of Hemoglobin for Oxygen and Reduces the Sickling of Human Sickle Cells. Mol Pharm. 2018 May 07; 15(5):1954-1963. PMID: 29634905.

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  • Published on 1/20/2018

    Cohen RT, Klings ES. Commentary: Heterogeneity of respiratory disease in children and young adults with sickle cell disease. Thorax. 2018 Jun; 73(6):503. PMID: 29353255.

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  • Published on 12/15/2017

    Eckman JR, Hassell KL, Huggins W, Werner EM, Klings ES, Adams RJ, Panepinto JA, Hamilton CM. Standard measures for sickle cell disease research: the PhenX Toolkit sickle cell disease collections. Blood Adv. 2017 Dec 26; 1(27):2703-2711. PMID: 29296922.

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  • Published on 10/27/2017

    Worsham CM, Martin ST, Nouraie SM, Cohen RT, Klings ES. Clinical and laboratory findings associated with sleep disordered breathing in sickle cell disease. Am J Hematol. 2017 12; 92(12):E649-E651. PMID: 28833466.

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  • Published on 1/25/2017

    Weir NA, Saiyed R, Alam S, Conrey A, Desai HD, George MP, Keeley JH, Klings ES, Mehari A, Taylor JG, Minniti CP, Kato GJ. Prostacyclin-analog therapy in sickle cell pulmonary hypertension. Haematologica. 2017 05; 102(5):e163-e165. PMID: 28126964.

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  • Published on 6/23/2016

    Whitesell PL, Owoyemi O, Oneal P, Nouraie M, Klings ES, Rock A, Mellman TA, Berihun T, Lavella J, Taylor RE, Perrine SP. Sleep-disordered breathing and nocturnal hypoxemia in young adults with sickle cell disease. Sleep Med. 2016 Jun; 22:47-49. PMID: 27544835.

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  • Published on 1/13/2016

    Mehari A, Klings ES. Chronic Pulmonary Complications of Sickle Cell Disease. Chest. 2016 May; 149(5):1313-24. PMID: 26836905.

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  • Published on 12/8/2015

    Cohen RT, Klings ES, Strunk RC. Sickle cell disease: wheeze or asthma? Asthma Res Pract. 2015; 1:14. PMID: 27965767.

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