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Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Repplinger joined the Division of Emergency Medicine after graduating from the inaugural class of the UW Emergency Medicine Residency Program in June 2010, where he served as Chief Resident. His research interests include reducing medical radiation exposure for emergency department patients as well as novel uses of magnetic resonance imaging in the emergency department setting. Dr. Repplinger continues to investigate the use of MR-Pulmonary Angiography as a means for detecting pulmonary embolism. Current and future projects include collaborative efforts to reduce radiation from CT scanning in the community, patient perceptions of medical radiation, and direct comparison of contrast-enhanced abdominal CT with contrast-enhanced MRI for the evaluation of appendicitis.


Emergency Medicine


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UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Emergency Medicine

Professional Certifications and Education

Board Certification Emergency Medicine
Residency University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI
Medical School University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, WI

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Dr. Repplinger’s research interests focus on the cost-effective and time-efficient use of magnetic resonance imaging as a means of reducing the burden of radiation exposure from diagnostic imaging for emergency department patients. Having presented preliminary data at the annual meeting of SAEM, Dr. Repplinger continues to investigate the use of MR-pulmonary angiography as a means of detecting pulmonary embolism. Current and future projects include collaborative efforts to reduce radiation from CT scanning in the community, patient perceptions of radiation exposure from medical imaging, cost-effective imaging strategies from the emergency department, and a direct comparison of contrast-enhanced CT with contrast-enhanced MRI for the evaluation of appendicitis.

PubMed Articles
Harringa JB Bracken RL Markhardt BK Ziemlewicz TJ Lubner M Chiu A Birstler J Pickhardt PJ Reeder SB Repplinger MD Magnetic resonance imaging versus computed tomography and ultrasound for the diagnosis of female pelvic pathology. Emerg Radiol . 2021 Mar 17;
[PubMed ID: 33730220]
Tsuchiya N Benson DG Longhurst C François CJ Reeder SB Repplinger MD Schiebler ML Interobserver agreement for the direct and indirect signs of pulmonary embolism evaluated using contrast enhanced magnetic angiography. Eur J Radiol Open . 2020;7:100256
[PubMed ID: 32984448]
Thrasher TW Rolli M Redwood RS Peterson MJ Schneider J Maurer L Repplinger MD 'Medical Clearance' of Patients With Acute Mental Health Needs in the Emergency Department: A Literature Review and Practice Recommendations. WMJ . 2019 Dec;118(4):156-163
[PubMed ID: 31978283]
Harringa JB Bracken RL Davis JC Mao L Kitchin DR Robbins JB Ziemlewicz TJ Pickhardt PJ Reeder SB Repplinger MD Prospective evaluation of MRI compared with CT for the etiology of abdominal pain in emergency department patients with concern for appendicitis. J Magn Reson Imaging . 2019 Nov;50(5):1651-1658
[PubMed ID: 30892788]
Patterson BW Engstrom CJ Sah V Smith MA Mendonça EA Pulia MS Repplinger MD Hamedani AG Page D Shah MN Training and Interpreting Machine Learning Algorithms to Evaluate Fall Risk After Emergency Department Visits. Med Care . 2019 Jul;57(7):560-566
[PubMed ID: 31157707]
Ross AB Chan BY Yi PH Repplinger MD Vanness DJ Lee KS Diagnostic accuracy of an abbreviated MRI protocol for detecting radiographically occult hip and pelvis fractures in the elderly. Skeletal Radiol . 2019 Jan;48(1):103-108
[PubMed ID: 29915937]
Repplinger MD Bracken RL Patterson BW Shah MN Pulia MS Harringa JB Schiebler ML Nagle SK Downstream Imaging Utilization After MR Angiography Versus CT Angiography for the Initial Evaluation of Pulmonary Embolism. J Am Coll Radiol . 2018 Dec;15(12):1692-1697
[PubMed ID: 29724625]
Zhang A Yocum RM Repplinger MD Broman AT Kim MK Factors Affecting Family Presence During Fracture Reduction in the Pediatric Emergency Department. West J Emerg Med . 2018 Nov;19(6):970-976
[PubMed ID: 30429929]
Repplinger MD Nagle SK Harringa JB Broman AT Lindholm CR François CJ Grist TM Reeder SB Schiebler ML Clinical outcomes after magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) versus computed tomographic angiography (CTA) for pulmonary embolism evaluation. Emerg Radiol . 2018 Oct;25(5):469-477
[PubMed ID: 29749576]
Pulia MS Schwei RJ Patterson BW Repplinger MD Smith MA Shah MN Effectiveness of Outpatient Antibiotics After Surgical Drainage of Abscesses in Reducing Treatment Failure. J Emerg Med . 2018 Oct;55(4):512-521
[PubMed ID: 30149998]
Pooler BD Repplinger MD Reeder SB Pickhardt PJ MRI of the Nontraumatic Acute Abdomen: Description of Findings and Multimodality Correlation. Gastroenterol Clin North Am . 2018 Sep;47(3):667-690
[PubMed ID: 30115443]
Repplinger MD Pickhardt PJ Robbins JB Kitchin DR Ziemlewicz TJ Hetzel SJ Golden SK Harringa JB Reeder SB Prospective Comparison of the Diagnostic Accuracy of MR Imaging versus CT for Acute Appendicitis. Radiology . 2018 Aug;288(2):467-475
[PubMed ID: 29688158]
Patterson BW Repplinger MD Pulia MS Batt RJ Svenson JE Trinh A Mendonça EA Smith MA Hamedani AG Shah MN Using the Hendrich II Inpatient Fall Risk Screen to Predict Outpatient Falls After Emergency Department Visits. J Am Geriatr Soc . 2018 Apr;66(4):760-765
[PubMed ID: 29509312]
Ehlenbach WJ Gilmore-Bykovskyi A Repplinger MD Westergaard RP Jacobs EA Kind AJH Smith M Sepsis Survivors Admitted to Skilled Nursing Facilities: Cognitive Impairment, Activities of Daily Living Dependence, and Survival. Crit Care Med . 2018 Jan;46(1):37-44
[PubMed ID: 28991827]
Kemnitz R Kuehl TC Hochstatter KR Barker E Corey A Jacobs EA Repplinger MD Ehlenbach WJ Seal DW Sosman JM Westergaard RP Manifestations of HIV stigma and their impact on retention in care for people transitioning from prisons to communities. Health Justice . 2017 Dec;5(1):7
[PubMed ID: 28589252]
Kinner S Pickhardt PJ Riedesel EL Gill KG Robbins JB Kitchin DR Ziemlewicz TJ Harringa JB Reeder SB Repplinger MD Diagnostic Accuracy of MRI Versus CT for the Evaluation of Acute Appendicitis in Children and Young Adults. AJR Am J Roentgenol . 2017 Oct;209(4):911-919
[PubMed ID: 28796552]
Repplinger MD Ravi S Lee AW Svenson JE Sharp B Bauer M Hamedani AG The Impact of an Emergency Department Front-End Redesign on Patient-Reported Satisfaction Survey Results. West J Emerg Med . 2017 Oct;18(6):1068-1074
[PubMed ID: 29085539]
Patterson BW Smith MA Repplinger MD Pulia MS Svenson JE Kim MK Shah MN Using Chief Complaint in Addition to Diagnosis Codes to Identify Falls in the Emergency Department. J Am Geriatr Soc . 2017 Sep;65(9):E135-E140
[PubMed ID: 28636072]
Japikse RD Sevenson JE Pickhardt PJ Repplinger MD Segmental Arterial Mediolysis: An Unusual Case Mistaken to be a Strangulated Hernia. WMJ . 2017 Aug;116(3):173-176
[PubMed ID: 29323836]
Benson DG Schiebler ML Repplinger MD François CJ Grist TM Reeder SB Nagle SK Contrast-enhanced pulmonary MRA for the primary diagnosis of pulmonary embolism: current state of the art and future directions. Br J Radiol . 2017 Jun;90(1074):20160901
[PubMed ID: 28306332]