Kenneth V. Leeper, MD

LeeperPrior to coming to Emory, Dr. Leeper was associate professor and the Director of the MICU and Respiratory Therapy for 10 years at the University of Tennessee Memphis.

Dr. Leeper is currently Director of the Medical Intensive Care Unit and Respiratory Services at Emory University Hospital Midtown. He has served as the Medical Director of the Long Term Hospital at Wesley Woods, Section Chief of Pulmonary at Emory University Hospital Midtown and Director of the Clinical Study Center at the Atlanta VA Medical Center. He is currently the Chairman of the Emory University Hospital Midtown Critical Care Committee.

Dr. Leeper's primary research interest is in finding a better way to diagnose pulmonary embolism and deep venous thrombosis. He also has an interest in the treatment and management of pulmonary embolism and deep venous thrombosis.

Why is Dr. Leeper a standout?

  • Dr. Leeper has been the Emory Prinicpal Investigator in large multicentered studies sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • He has participated in national consensus conferences on the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism and has given presentations at local national and international conferences
  • He has written reviews and published peer-reviewed investigational studies on venous thromboembolic disease
  • Dr. Leeper is the author of numerous articles and peer review publications and has served as reviewer for Chest for more than 10 years
  • He is also an active member of the North American thrombosis Forum (NAFT)

Groundbreaking Studies

Emory University Hospital Midtown has participated in two large multicentered studies sponsored by NIH. These studies are known as the PIOPED (Prospective Investigation of Pulmonary Embolism Diagnosis) studies.

PIOPED II evaluated the role of spiral computerized tomography (CT) of the chest in the diagnosis of acute pulmonary embolism. Emory CLH enrolled the second highest number of patients, many of which were African Americam. The study, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine (May 2006), confirmed that the CT scan of the chest had sufficient diagnostic accuracy to reliably diagnose or exclude acute pulmonary embolism.

PIOPED III evaluated the role of magnetic resonance angiography (MRA). Emory was an excellent recruiter in this study, for which the data is currently being analyzed.


  • Internal Medicine (Board certified since 1986)
  • Pulmonary Disease (Board certified since 1988)

Areas of Clinical Interest

  • Critical care medicine
  • Respiratory failure and ICU Pneumonia

The Road to Emory: Education

  • Medical School: Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH 1979
  • Internship: Harrisburg Hospital – Medical College of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA 1980
  • Residency (Internal Medicine): Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI 1982
  • Fellowship (Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine): Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI 1987


  • Member, ATS and ACCP guidelines committees for venous thromboembolism
  • Member, the Data Safety and Monitoring Board (DSMB) for the ARDS network

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians
  • Member, the Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • Member, American Medical Association
  • Member, the American Thoracic Society


  • Recipient of the Outstanding Attending Physician for the department of Medicine – University of Tennessee – Memphis 1990
  • Recipient of the Golden Apple Award (Outstanding Medicine Attending for 4th Year Medical student Rotations – University of Tennessee – Memphis)
  • Recipient of the Golden Apple Award Emory Crawford Long Hospital 2003
  • Recipient of the J. Willis Hurst Golden Apple Award: Excellence in Teaching at Emory Crawford Long Hospital 2007
  • Recipient of the “Best Doctors in America” Award 2005-2006, 2007-2008