Joel B. Karlinsky MD

Voluntary Professor, Pulmonary, Allergy, Sleep & Critical Care Medicine

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Joel Karlinsky

Pulmonary, Allergy, Sleep & Critical Care Medicine


Pulmonary Center


Dr. Karlinsky is a Professor in the Department of Medicine. He attends in the Medical Intensive Care Unit, in the Pulmonary Acute Care Clinic and on the Pulmonary Consultation Service at the West Roxbury VA Medical Center. He is interim Directory of the Medical Intensive Care Unit, and administers the Pulmonary Acute Care Clinic.

Dr. Karlinsky works with colleagues at the Washington University School of Medicine and the St. Louis VA Medical Center, and with colleagues at the Hines VA Cooperative Study Data Collection Center on VA Cooperative Studies relating to Gulf War Research on veterans health. He is also an Editor of Baum’s Textbook of Pulmonary Medicine.

Research special interests include:
-Gulf War Health Effects
-Health Services

Clinical special interests include:
-General Pulmonary Medicine
-Critical Care Medicine


MD, Tufts University, 1973

SB, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1967


Published on 12/18/2018

Blanchard M, Molina-Vicenty HD, Stein PK, Li X, Karlinsky J, Alpern R, Reda DJ, Toomey R. Medical Correlates of Chronic Multisymptom Illness in Gulf War Veterans. Am J Med. 2019 04; 132(4):510-518. PMID: 30576630.

Published on 5/1/2017

Blanchard M, Toomey R, Karlinsky J, Reda D, Alpern R, Xue L. Increased Risk of Chronic Multisymptom Illness in Spouses of Gulf War Era Veterans. Mil Med. 2017 May; 182(5):e1648-e1656. PMID: 29087907.

Published on 1/1/2011

Arney D, Bhatia K, Bhatia S, Sutton M, Rausch T, Karlinsky J, Goldman JM. Design of an x-ray / ventilator synchronization system in an integrated clinical environment. Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2011; 2011:8203-6. PMID: 22256246.

Published on 5/1/2007

Toomey R, Kang HK, Karlinsky J, Baker DG, Vasterling JJ, Alpern R, Reda DJ, Henderson WG, Murphy FM, Eisen SA. Mental health of US Gulf War veterans 10 years after the war. Br J Psychiatry. 2007 May; 190:385-93. PMID: 17470952.

Published on 7/1/2006

Eisen SA, Karlinsky J, Jackson LW, Blanchard M, Kang HK, Murphy FM, Alpern R, Reda DJ, Toomey R, Battistone MJ, Parks BJ, Klimas N, Pak HS, Hunter J, Lyons MJ, Henderson WG. Spouses of Persian Gulf War I veterans: medical evaluation of a U.S. cohort. Mil Med. 2006 Jul; 171(7):613-8. PMID: 16895127.

Published on 11/17/2005

Blanchard MS, Eisen SA, Alpern R, Karlinsky J, Toomey R, Reda DJ, Murphy FM, Jackson LW, Kang HK. Chronic multisymptom illness complex in Gulf War I veterans 10 years later. Am J Epidemiol. 2006 Jan 1; 163(1):66-75. PMID: 16293719.

Published on 6/7/2005

Eisen SA, Kang HK, Murphy FM, Blanchard MS, Reda DJ, Henderson WG, Toomey R, Jackson LW, Alpern R, Parks BJ, Klimas N, Hall C, Pak HS, Hunter J, Karlinsky J, Battistone MJ, Lyons MJ. Gulf War veterans' health: medical evaluation of a U.S. cohort. Ann Intern Med. 2005 Jun 7; 142(11):881-90. PMID: 15941694.

Published on 12/1/2004

Karlinsky JB, Blanchard M, Alpern R, Eisen SA, Kang H, Murphy FM, Reda DJ. Late prevalence of respiratory symptoms and pulmonary function abnormalities in Gulf War I Veterans. Arch Intern Med. 2004 Dec 13-27; 164(22):2488-91. PMID: 15596641.

Published on 9/1/2002

Brooks WW, Bing OH, Gaasch WH, Karlinsky JB, Goldstein RH, Conrad CH. Comparison of contractile function of diaphragm and cardiac muscle in response to paired electrical stimulation. Comp Biochem Physiol A Mol Integr Physiol. 2002 Sep; 133(1):53-62. PMID: 12160872.

Published on 1/1/2002

Spira A, Brecher S, Karlinsky J. Pulmonary mucormycosis in the setting of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. A case report and review of the literature. Respiration. 2002; 69(6):560-3. PMID: 12457013.

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