Daniel Chao-Ruey Chen MD, MSc

Assistant Dean, Student Affairs

Clinical Associate Professor, General Internal Medicine

72 E. Concord Street | (617) 638-4199
Daniel Chen

General Internal Medicine


Daniel Chen, MD, MSc, Medicine/GIM, is a clinician-educator whose scholarship focuses on evaluation and measurement of medical student empathy. He serves as an assistant dean for student affairs and course director for the Research Elective in Biomedical Sciences. He mentors medical residents and students regularly and teaches medical students rotating through internal medicine clerkship. Dr. Chen has made instrumental contributions to medical education in establishing and advancing the study of empathy among medical students. He was one of the first researchers to use the Jefferson Scale of Physician Empathy and his work demonstrating a decrease in medical student empathy has resulted in medical curriculum changes.


MD, New York University School of Medicine

Health Services Research, MSc, Boston University School of Public Health

Biochemistry, BA, University of Pennsylvania


Published on 10/31/2023

Meisel JL, Chen DCR, Cohen GM, Bernard SA, Carmona H, Petrusa ER, Opole IO, Navedo D, Valtchinov VI, Nahas AH, Eiduson CM, Papps N. Listen Before You Auscultate: An Active-Learning Approach to Bedside Cardiac Assessment. MedEdPORTAL. 2023; 19:11362. PMID: 37915746.

Published on 1/10/2023

Li A, La J, May SB, Guffey D, da Costa WL, Amos CI, Bandyo R, Milner EM, Kurian KM, Chen DCR, Do NV, Granada C, Riaz N, Brophy MT, Chitalia V, Gaziano JM, Garcia DA, Carrier M, Flowers CR, Zakai NA, Fillmore NR. Derivation and Validation of a Clinical Risk Assessment Model for Cancer-Associated Thrombosis in Two Unique US Health Care Systems. J Clin Oncol. 2023 Jun 01; 41(16):2926-2938. PMID: 36626707.

Published on 11/1/2022

Livingston NA, Davenport M, Head M, Henke R, LeBeau LS, Gibson TB, Banducci AN, Sarpong A, Jayanthi S, Roth C, Camacho-Cook J, Meng F, Hyde J, Mulvaney-Day N, White M, Chen DC, Stein MD, Weisberg R. The impact of COVID-19 and rapid policy exemptions expanding on access to medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD): A nationwide Veterans Health Administration cohort study. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2022 Dec 01; 241:109678. PMID: 36368167.

Published on 8/17/2020

Elbers DC, Fillmore NR, Sung FC, Ganas SS, Prokhorenkov A, Meyer C, Hall RB, Ajjarapu SJ, Chen DC, Meng F, Grossman RL, Brophy MT, Do NV. The Veterans Affairs Precision Oncology Data Repository, a Clinical, Genomic, and Imaging Research Database. Patterns (N Y). 2020 Sep 11; 1(6):100083. PMID: 33205130.

Published on 5/20/2019

Fillmore N, Ramos-Cejudo J, Cheng D, Tuck DP, Sheikh AR, Chen D, Elbers D, Sung FC, Johnson B, Shannon C, Pierce-Murray K, Gaynor K, Dedomenico C, Schiller S, Ajjarapu S, Hall R, Ayandeh S, Meng F, Brophy MT, Do N. A predictive model for survival in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) based on electronic health record (EHR) and tumor sequencing data at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2019; 37(15):109.

Published on 11/10/2016

Casas RS, Xuan Z, Jackson AH, Stanfield LE, Harvey NC, Chen DC. Associations of medical student empathy with clinical competence. Patient Educ Couns. 2017 Apr; 100(4):742-747. PMID: 27856065.

Published on 3/19/2016

Schueler SA, Shet NS, Stienstra N, Chen DC. A Masked Case of Vancomycin-induced Immune Thrombocytopenia. Am J Med Sci. 2016 Jun; 351(6):636. PMID: 27238931.

Published on 1/1/2012

Chen DC, Kirshenbaum DS, Yan J, Kirshenbaum E, Aseltine RH. Characterizing changes in student empathy throughout medical school. Med Teach. 2012; 34(4):305-11. PMID: 22455699.

Published on 12/15/2009

Chen DC, Pahilan ME, Orlander JD. Comparing a self-administered measure of empathy with observed behavior among medical students. J Gen Intern Med. 2010 Mar; 25(3):200-2. PMID: 20013070.

Published on 7/26/2007

Chen D, Lew R, Hershman W, Orlander J. A cross-sectional measurement of medical student empathy. J Gen Intern Med. 2007 Oct; 22(10):1434-8. PMID: 17653807.

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