Gerhard Wolf MD

Gerhard Wolf, MD

Associate in Critical Care Medicine; Pediatric Medical Director, Boston MedFlight

Assistant Professor of Anaesthesia

    Contact: 617-355-7327
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Medical Services


  • Critical Care


  • Anesthesiology Perioperative and Pain Medicine


  • Medical Surgical Intensive Care Unit (MSICU)
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Experience and Education


Medical School

Ludwig-Maximillians Univesitat,

Munich, Germany


Children's Hospital Munich,

Munich, Germany


Children's Hospital Munich,

Munich, Germany

Pediatric Critical Care Fellowship

Boston Children's Hospital,

Boston, MA


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  1. Frerichs I, Amato MB, van Kaam AH, Tingay DG, Zhao Z, Grychtol B, Bodenstein M, Gagnon H, Böhm SH, Teschner E, Stenqvist O, Mauri T, Torsani V, Camporota L, Schibler A, Wolf GK, Gommers D, Leonhardt S, Adler A. Chest electrical impedance tomography examination, data analysis, terminology, clinical use and recommendations: consensus statement of the TRanslational EIT developmeNt stuDy group. Thorax. 2017 Jan; 72(1):83-93.
  2. Hilberath JM, Schmidt H, Wolf GK. Steroid-responsive encephalopathy associated with autoimmune thyroiditis (SREAT): case report of reversible coma and status epilepticus in an adolescent patient and review of the literature. Eur J Pediatr. 2014 Oct; 173(10):1263-73.
  3. Wolf GK, Gómez-Laberge C, Rettig JS, Vargas SO, Smallwood CD, Prabhu SP, Vitali SH, Zurakowski D, Arnold JH. Mechanical ventilation guided by electrical impedance tomography in experimental acute lung injury. Crit Care Med. 2013 May; 41(5):1296-304.
  4. Gómez-Laberge C, Rettig JS, Smallwood CD, Boyd TK, Arnold JH, Wolf GK. Interaction of dependent and non-dependent regions of the acutely injured lung during a stepwise recruitment manoeuvre. Physiol Meas. 2013 Feb; 34(2):163-77.
  5. Kheir JN, Walsh BK, Smallwood CD, Rettig JS, Thompson JE, Gómez-Laberge C, Wolf GK, Arnold JH. Comparison of 2 lung recruitment strategies in children with acute lung injury. Respir Care. 2013 Aug; 58(8):1280-90.
  6. Wolf GK, Gómez-Laberge C, Kheir JN, Zurakowski D, Walsh BK, Adler A, Arnold JH. Reversal of dependent lung collapse predicts response to lung recruitment in children with early acute lung injury. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2012 Sep; 13(5):509-15.
  7. Grychtol B, Lionheart WR, Bodenstein M, Wolf GK, Adler A. Impact of model shape mismatch on reconstruction quality in electrical impedance tomography. IEEE Trans Med Imaging. 2012 Sep; 31(9):1754-60.
  8. Adler A, Amato MB, Arnold JH, Bayford R, Bodenstein M, Böhm SH, Brown BH, Frerichs I, Stenqvist O, Weiler N, Wolf GK. Whither lung EIT: where are we, where do we want to go and what do we need to get there? Physiol Meas. 2012 May; 33(5):679-94.
  9. Gómez-Laberge C, Arnold JH, Wolf GK. A unified approach for EIT imaging of regional overdistension and atelectasis in acute lung injury. IEEE Trans Med Imaging. 2012 Mar; 31(3):834-42.
  10. Gómez-Laberge C, Wolf GK. Toward individualized treatment of acute respiratory distress syndrome: response-guided mechanical ventilation. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2011 Nov; 12(6):690-2.
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  12. Wolf GK, Walsh BK, Green ML, Arnold JH. Electrical activity of the diaphragm during extubation readiness testing in critically ill children. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2011 Nov; 12(6):e220-4.
  13. Rettig JS, Wolf GK. Inhaled nitric oxide only leads to a transient improvement of oxygenation in patients with acute hypoxemic respiratory failure. Pediatr Pulmonol. 2011 Aug; 46(8):733-5.
  14. Ventre KM, Wolf GK, Arnold JH. Pediatric respiratory diseases: 2011 update for the Rogers' Textbook of Pediatric Intensive Care. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2011 May; 12(3):325-38.
  15. Green ML, Walsh BK, Wolf GK, Arnold JH. Electrocardiographic guidance for the placement of gastric feeding tubes: a pediatric case series. Respir Care. 2011 Apr; 56(4):467-71.
  16. Wolf GK, Grychtol B, Frerichs I, Zurakowski D, Arnold JH. Regional lung volume changes during high-frequency oscillatory ventilation. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2010 Sep; 11(5):610-5.
  17. Grychtol B, Wolf GK, Adler A, Arnold JH. Towards lung EIT image segmentation: automatic classification of lung tissue state from analysis of EIT monitored recruitment manoeuvres. Physiol Meas. 2010 Aug; 31(8):S31-43.
  18. Wolf GK, Grychtol B, Boyd TK, Zurakowski D, Arnold JH. Regional overdistension identified with electrical impedance tomography in the perflubron-treated lung. Physiol Meas. 2010 Aug; 31(8):S85-95.
  19. Wolf GK, Frakes MA, Gallagher M, Allan CK, Wedel SK. Management of suspected myocarditis during critical-care transport. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2010 Jul; 26(7):512-7.
  20. Wolf GK, Arnold JH. Synchronizing ventilatory support with the neural signal to breathe. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2010 Jan; 11(1):142-3.
  21. Adler A, Arnold JH, Bayford R, Borsic A, Brown B, Dixon P, Faes TJ, Frerichs I, Gagnon H, Gärber Y, Grychtol B, Hahn G, Lionheart WR, Malik A, Patterson RP, Stocks J, Tizzard A, Weiler N, Wolf GK. GREIT: a unified approach to 2D linear EIT reconstruction of lung images. Physiol Meas. 2009 Jun; 30(6):S35-55.
  22. Grychtol B, Wolf GK, Arnold JH. Differences in regional pulmonary pressure-impedance curves before and after lung injury assessed with a novel algorithm. Physiol Meas. 2009 Jun; 30(6):S137-48.
  23. Wolf GK, Sheeran P, Heitz D, Thompson JE, Arnold JH. Gas exchange and lung mechanics during high frequency ventilation in the perflubron-treated lung. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2008 Nov; 9(6):641-6.
  24. Adler A, Arnold JH, Grychtol B, Bayford R, Borsic A, Brown B, Dixon P, Frerichs I, Gagnon H, Garber Y, Lionheart W, Hahn G, Malik A, Stocks J and Wolf GK. GREIT: towards a consensus EIT algorithm for lung images. Physiol Meas. 2008; in press.
  25. Wolf GK, Grychtol B, Heitz D, Thompson J and Arnold JH. Lung injury alters the Distribution of Regional Ventilation detected by Electrical Impedance Tomography. American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2008; 177(Abstracts Issue).
  26. Wolf GK, Arnold JH. Electrical Impedance Tomography. Current Concepts in Pediatric Critical Care. 2008; 103-105.
  27. Wolf GK, Arnold JH. A (large) step toward improved lung protection. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2008 Jan; 9(1):127-8.
  28. Wolf GK, Arnold JH. Assessing the benefits of noninvasive ventilation: the tissue is the issue. Crit Care Med. 2008 Jan; 36(1):349-50.
  29. Wolf GK, Arnold JH. A (large) step towards lung protection. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2008; 9(1):127-128.
  30. Heulitt MJ, Wolf GK, Arnold JH. Mechanical Ventilation. The Rogers Textbook of Pediatric Intensive Care Editor: Nichols, DG. 2008; (4th ):508-531.
  31. Gerhard K. Wolf, John H. Arnold. Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (Chapter 24D). Manual of Neonatal Care. 2007; 346-352.
  32. Wolf GK, Grychtol B, Frerichs I, van Genderingen HR, Zurakowski D, Thompson JE, Arnold JH. Regional lung volume changes in children with acute respiratory distress syndrome during a derecruitment maneuver. Crit Care Med. 2007 Aug; 35(8):1972-8.
  33. Wolf GK, Arnold JH. Measurement of deadspace compartments: on the road to somewhere. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2007 Jul; 8(4):408-9.
  34. Wolf GK, Sheeran P, Heitz D, Thompson J, Arnold JH. Partial Liquid Ventilation during High Frequency Ventilation in a Model of Acute Lung Injury . American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. 2007; 175:A35.
  35. Wolf GK, Arnold JH. High Frequency Ventilation in Pediatric Respiratory Failure. Pediatric and Child Health. 2007; 17(3):77-81.
  36. Wolf GK, McClain CD, Zurakowski D, Dodson B, McManus ML. Total phenytoin concentrations do not accurately predict free phenytoin concentrations in critically ill children. Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2006 Sep; 7(5):434-9; quiz 440.
  37. Wolf GK, Arnold JH. Electrical impedance tomography: Ready for prime time? Intensive Care Med. 2006 Sep; 32(9):1290-2.
  38. Wolf GK, Arnold JH. Noninvasive assessment of lung volume: respiratory inductance plethysmography and electrical impedance tomography. Crit Care Med. 2005 Mar; 33(3 Suppl):S163-9.
  39. Wolf GK, Arnold JH. Assessment of alveolar recruitment: new approaches. Yearbook of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine. 2005; 116-128.
  40. Wolf GK, Grychtol B, Genderingen HR , Thompson J , Watson K , Arnold JH. Detecting Regional Lung Volume Changes During High Frequency Ventilation and Conventional Ventilation. Critical Care Medicine. 2005; 32(12):A115.
  41. Wolf GK, Grychtol B, Genderingen HR , Thompson J , Watson K , Arnold JH. Changes in Lung Impedance During A Standardized Derecruitment Maneuver. Pediatric Critical Care Medicine. 2005; 6(1):113.
  42. Wolf GK, Schoeber JG, Vielhaber H. Life-threatening intoxication in twin neonates following accidental overdose of rectal dimenhydrinate. Eur J Pediatr. 2002 Nov; 161(11):632-3.
  43. Lang H, Wolf GK, Prokop M, Nuber B, Weimann A, Raab R, Zoller WG. [3-dimensional sonography for volume determination of liver tumors--report of initial experiences]. Chirurg. 1999 Mar; 70(3):246-50.
  44. Gerhard Karl Wolf. Volume measurements of localized hepatic lesions using 3D ultrasound in comparison with 3D computed tomography. 1999.
  45. Wolf GK, Lang H, Prokop M, Schreiber M, Zoller W. Volume measurements of localized hepatic lesions using three-dimensional sonography in comparison with three-dimensional computed tomography. Eur J Med Res. 1998 Mar 23; 3(3):157-64.
  46. Lang H, Wolf GK, Prokop M, Weimann A, Pichlmayr R, Zoller WG. [Volumetry of circumscribed liver changes with 3-D ultrasound in comparison with 3-D computerized tomography]. Langenbecks Arch Chir Suppl Kongressbd. 1998; 115:1478-80.
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