Joel B. Karlinsky, M.D., MBA

Faculty and Fellows

Professor of Medicine
Director, Pulmonary Outpatient Services
Interim Director, Medical Intensive Care Unit
VA Boston HealthCare System

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine
Internship: Boston City Hospital, Tufts Service
Residency: Boston City Hospital, Tufts Service
Fellowship: Boston University
Other Post-doctoral Fellowships/Training: National Institute of Health: Pulmonary Branch
Master’s/PhD programs: Graduate School of Management, Boston University

Special Interests:


  • Gulf War Health Effects
  • Health Services


  • General Pulmonary Medicine
  • Critical Care Medicine

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.

Selected Publications:

  1. Eisen SA, Karlinsky J, Jackson LW, Blanchard M, Kang HK, Spouses of Gulf War I Veterans: Medical Evaluation of a U.S. Cohort. Mil Med. 2006. In Press.
  2. Blanchard MS, Eisen SA, Alpern R, Karlinsky JB, Chronic multisymptom illness complex in Gulf War 1 veterans 10 years later. Am J Epidemiol 2006;163:1-11.
  3. Eisen SA, Kang HK, Murphy FM, Blanchard MS, Gulf War Veterans Health: Medical Evaluation of a U.S. Cohort. Ann Intern Med 2005;142:881-890.
  4. Karlinsky JB, Blanchard M, Alpern R, Eisen SA, Kang H, Murphy FM, Reda D. Late prevalence of respiratory symptoms and pulmonary function abnormalities in Gulf War 1 veterans. Arch Int Med 2004;164:2488-2491.