Dr. Eric Garshick, MD

Associate Chief - Pulmonary (VA); Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

I am trained in internal and pulmonary medicine, and my area of research expertise is the study of pulmonary diseases in patients with chronic SCI. As a result of my clinical responsibilities at VA Boston caring for SCI patients, I began to study the epidemiology of pulmonary disease in SCI in the early 1990's. Using VA research funding, I began a longitudinal study assessing lung function, respiratory illness, and symptoms in 550 subjects with chronic SCI. 

I was funded by the NIH to continue this study and have begun to study relationships between systemic inflammation with pulmonary function, and determinants of mortality in chronic SCI using VA finding. Together with Dr. Leslie Morse, we are studying bone loss in chronic SCI and studying the effects of functional electrical stimulation rowing in paraplegics on bone density. I am directing a modular pulmonary research project as part of the Spaulding-Harvard SCI Model System entitled “Importance of Regular Exercise and Activity in Improving Life Satisfaction and Reducing Breathlessness”. In this project, we will study the how regular exercise may help persons with SCI feel better about their breathing and overall satisfaction with life.


Recent Publications:

Ayas NT, Garshick E, Lieberman SL, Wien MF, Tun C, Brown R. Breathlessness in spinal cord injury depends on injury level. J Spinal Cord Med. 1999; 22(2):97-101. PMID: 10826265

Wien MF, Garshick E, Tun CG, Lieberman SL, Kelley A, Brown R. Breathlessness and exercise in spinal cord injury. J Spinal Cord Med. 1999; 22(4):297-302.  PMID: 10751134

Garshick E, Kelley A, Cohen SA, Garrison A, Tun CG, Gagnon D, Brown R. A prospective assessment of mortality in chronic spinal cord injury. Spinal Cord 2005; 43(7): 408-16. PMID: 15711609

Grandas NF, Jain NB, Denckla JB, Brown R, Tun CG, Gallagher ME, Garshick E. Dyspnea during daily activities in chronic spinal cord injury. Arch Phys Rehabil Med 2005; 86(8):1631-5. PMID: 16084818

Jain NB, Sullivan M, Kazis LE, Tun CG, Garshick E. Factors associated with health-related quality of life in chronic spinal cord injury. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2007; 86(5):387-96. PMID: 17449983

Jain NB, Brown R, Tun CG, Gagnon D, Garshick EDeterminants of FEV1, FVC, and FEV1/FVC in chronic spinal cord injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2006; 87(10): 1327-33. PMID: 1702324

Morse LR, Stolzmann KL, Nguyen HP, Jain NB, Zayac C, Gagnon D, Tun C, Garshick E. Association between mobility mode and C-reactive protein levels in men with chronic spinal cord injury.  Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2008; 89(4):726-31. PMID: 18374004

Waddimba AC, Jain N, Stolzmann K, Gagnon DR, Burgess JF, Kazis LE, Garshick E. Predictors of cardiopulmonary hospitalization in chronic spinal cord injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil 2009; 90(2):193-200. PMID: 19236973

Stolzmann KL, Gagnon DR, Brown R, Tun CG, Garshick E. Longitudinal change in FEV1 and FVC in chronic spinal cord injury.  Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2008; 177(7):781-6. PMID: 18202346

Stepp EL, Brown R, Tun CG, Gagnon DR, Jain NB, Garshick E. Determinants of lung volumes in chronic spinal cord injury. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2008; 89(8):1499-506. PMID: 18674986