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

Classes Taught

  • BE ENG 745


  • Published on 5/1/2019

    Gillmeyer KR, Lee MM, Link AP, Klings ES, Rinne ST, Wiener RS. Response. Chest. 2019 May; 155(5):1077-1078. PMID: 31060692.

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  • Published on 4/26/2019

    Gillmeyer KR, Lee KM, Shao Q, Miller DR, Maron BA, Klings ES, Rinne ST, Wiener RS. Multisystem Healthcare Use among U.S. Veterans with Pulmonary Hypertension. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2019 Apr 26. PMID: 31026406.

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  • Published on 3/11/2019

    Cusano J, Curry EJ, Kingston KA, Klings E, Li X. Epidemiology and Perioperative Complications in Patients With Sickle Cell Disease After Orthopaedic Surgery: 26 Years' Experience at a Major Academic Center. J Am Acad Orthop Surg. 2019 Mar 11. PMID: 30889039.

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  • Published on 11/22/2018

    Gillmeyer KR, Lee MM, Link AP, Klings ES, Rinne ST, Wiener RS. Accuracy of Algorithms to Identify Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension in Administrative Data: A Systematic Review. Chest. 2019 Apr; 155(4):680-688. PMID: 30471268.

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  • 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 05 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 06; 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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