Melissa Wachterman, MD
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
General Internal Medicine Section

MD, Tufts University School of Medicine
MSc, Harvard School of Public Health
MPH, Tufts University School of Medicine



Dr. Melissa Wachterman is an Adjunct Assistant Professor with the Boston University School of Medicine in General Internal Medicine. She is also an Assistant Professor of Medicine with Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System and Harvard affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. Dr. Wacherman received her MD and MPH from Tufts University School of Medicine and her MS from Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Wachterman conducts health services research focused on improving the quality of care for seriously-ill older adults with end-stage renal disease (ESRD). As a 2014 NPCRC Career Development Award grantee, she examined trajectories of patient-centered outcomes (cognitive and functional status and pain) for older adults on dialysis and explore decision-making about dialysis initiation from the perspectives of older adults with ESRD, their family caregivers, and their providers. The ultimate goal is to improve communication and patient-centered decision-making about dialysis initiation for this seriously-ill patient population. She also has a strong interest in end-of-life care.

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  1. Wachterman MW, Lipsitz SR, Lorenz KA, Marcantonio ER, Li Z, Keating NL. End-of-Life Experience of Older Adults Dying of End-Stage Renal Disease: A Comparison With Cancer. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2017 Aug 24. PMID: 28843455.
  2. Wachterman MW, Pilver C, Smith D, Ersek M, Lipsitz SR, Keating NL. Quality of End-of-Life Care Provided to Patients With Different Serious Illnesses. JAMA Intern Med. 2016 Aug 01; 176(8):1095-102. PMID: 27367547; DOI: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.1200;.
  3. Wachterman MW, McCarthy EP, Marcantonio ER, Ersek M. Mistrust, misperceptions, and miscommunication: a qualitative study of preferences about kidney transplantation among African Americans. Transplant Proc. 2015 Mar; 47(2):240-6. PMID: 25769556; PMCID: PMC4365418; DOI: 10.1016/j.transproceed.2015.01.016;.
  4. Scheffey C, Kestenbaum MG, Wachterman MW, Connor SR, Fine PG, Davis MS, Muir JC. Clinic-based outpatient palliative care before hospice is associated with longer hospice length of service. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2014 Oct; 48(4):532-9. PMID: 24680626; DOI: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2013.10.017;.
  5. Wachterman MW, Lipsitz SR, Simon SR, Lorenz KA, Keating NL. Patterns of hospice care among military veterans and non-veterans. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2014 Jul; 48(1):36-44. PMID: 24275325; PMCID: PMC4031299; DOI: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2013.08.013;.
  6. Wachterman MW, Marcantonio ER, Davis RB, Cohen RA, Waikar SS, Phillips RS, McCarthy EP. Relationship between the prognostic expectations of seriously ill patients undergoing hemodialysis and their nephrologists. JAMA Intern Med. 2013 Jul 8; 173(13):1206-14. PMID: 23712681; PMCID: PMC3982381; DOI: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2013.6036;.
  7. Wachterman MW, Marcantonio ER, Davis RB, McCarthy EP. Association of hospice agency profit status with patient diagnosis, location of care, and length of stay. JAMA. 2011 Feb 2; 305(5):472-9. PMID: 21285424; PMCID: PMC3142476; DOI: 10.1001/jama.2011.70;.
  8. Wachterman M, Kiely DK, Mitchell SL. Reporting dementia on the death certificates of nursing home residents dying with end-stage dementia. JAMA. 2008 Dec 10; 300(22):2608-10. PMID: 19066379; PMCID: PMC2670182; DOI: 10.1001/jama.2008.768;.
  9. Wachterman MW, Sommers BD. The impact of gender and marital status on end-of-life care: evidence from the National Mortality Follow-Back Survey. J Palliat Med. 2006 Apr; 9(2):343-52. PMID: 16629564.
  10. Blumenthal D, Weissman JS, Wachterman M, Weil E, Stafford RS, Perrin JM, Ferris TG, Kuhlthau K, Kaushal R, Iezzoni LI. The who, what, and why of risk adjustment: a technology on the cusp of adoption. J Health Polit Policy Law. 2005 Jun; 30(3):453-73.View Related Profiles. PMID: 16089112.
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