Renda S. Wiener, MD
Associate Professor
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
Pulmonary, Allergy, Sleep & Critical Care Medicine Section

MD, Columbia University College - Physicians & Surgeon
MPH, Dartmouth College



The goal of my research is to improve how patients, families, and doctors understand, discuss, and make decisions about medical care. Based on my clinical work, I understand why doctors are eager for new strategies to improve patient outcomes. However, we have a tendency to adopt strategies when there is still limited knowledge of the benefits or possible harms. It is essential that we understand these effects before exposing our patients to the harms that may result from management.

Much of my ongoing work focuses on improving patient-centered care and decision-making for the hundreds of thousands of Americans diagnosed with a potentially malignant pulmonary nodule each year. I have received grant funding from the NIH and VA HSR&D to study the impact of the diagnosis of pulmonary nodules on patients’ lung cancer risk perception and health-related quality of life, physicians’ decision-making, and resource utilization in the healthcare system. I am a member of the writing committee for the pulmonary nodule management chapter of the American College of Chest Physician’s Lung Cancer Guidelines, 3rd edition.

I also have ongoing projects, many as collaborations with fellows in our department, to study outcomes and resource use among critically ill patients using large publicly available databases.

Boston Medical Center


Bedford VA - Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hosp



2014 BU School of Medicine, Dept. of Medicine: Junior Faculty Mentorship Award
2011 BU School of Medicine, Dept. of Medicine: Robert Dawson Evans Junior Faculty Merit Award
2008-2012 NIH: Clinical Research Loan Repayment award
2008-2009 The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice: Thomson Faculty Development Award


Pragmatic trial of more versus less intensive strategies for active surveillance of paitients with small pulmonary nodules
08/01/2015 - 07/31/2017 (PI)
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute KaiserPermanente HRI

Improving Decisions About Evaluating Pulmonary Nodules for Lung Cancer
09/21/2009 - 08/31/2014 (PI)
NIH/National Cancer Institute
5K07CA138772-06



Publications listed below are automatically derived from MEDLINE/PubMed and other sources, which might result in incorrect or missing publications. Faculty can login to make corrections and additions.

  1. Walkey AJ, Barnato AE, Wiener RS, Nallamothu BK. Accounting for Patient Preferences Regarding Life-Sustaining Treatment in Evaluations of Medical Effectiveness and Quality. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2017 Apr 05.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28379717; DOI: 10.1164/rccm.201701-0165CP;.
  2. Stevenson EK, Mehter HM, Walkey AJ, Wiener RS. Association between Do Not Resuscitate/Do Not Intubate Status and Resident Physician Decision-making. A National Survey. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2017 Apr; 14(4):536-542.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28099054; DOI: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.201610-798OC;.
  3. Valley TS, Walkey AJ, Lindenauer PK, Wiener RS, Cooke CR. The authors reply. Crit Care Med. 2017 Apr; 45(4):e466-e467.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28291117; DOI: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000002272;.
  4. Rinne ST, Elwy AR, Bastian LA, Wong ES, Wiener RS, Liu CF. Impact of Multisystem Health Care on Readmission and Follow-up Among Veterans Hospitalized for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Med Care. 2017 Mar 10.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28288076; DOI: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000000708;.
  5. Iaccarino JM, Simmons J, Gould MK, Slatore CG, Woloshin S, Schwartz LM, Wiener RS. Clinical Equipoise and Shared Decision-Making in Pulmonary Nodule Management: A Survey of American Thoracic Society Clinicians. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2017 Mar 09.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28278389; DOI: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.201609-727OC;.
  6. Valley TS, Walkey AJ, Lindenauer PK, Wiener RS, Cooke CR. Association Between Noninvasive Ventilation and Mortality Among Older Patients With Pneumonia. Crit Care Med. 2017 Mar; 45(3):e246-e254.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27749319; DOI: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000002076;.
  7. Gesthalter YB, Koppelman E, Bolton R, Slatore CG, Yoon SH, Cain HC, Tanner NT, Au DH, Clark JA, Wiener RS. Evaluations of Implementation at Early-adopting Lung Cancer Screening Programs: Lessons Learned. Chest. 2017 Feb 18.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28223153; DOI: 10.1016/j.chest.2017.02.012;.
  8. Walkey AJ, Weinberg J, Wiener RS, Cooke CR, Lindenauer PK. Hospital Variation in Utilization of Life-Sustaining Treatments among Patients with Do Not Resuscitate Orders. Health Serv Res. 2017 Jan 18.View Related Profiles. PMID: 28097649; DOI: 10.1111/1475-6773.12651;.
  9. Mehta AB, Cooke CR, Douglas IS, Lindenauer PK, Wiener RS, Walkey AJ. Association of Early Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders with Unplanned Readmissions among Patients Hospitalized for Pneumonia. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2017 Jan; 14(1):103-109.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27753520; DOI: 10.1513/AnnalsATS.201608-617OC;.
  10. Mehta AB, Cooke CR, Wiener RS, Walkey AJ. The authors reply. Crit Care Med. 2016 Dec; 44(12):e1261-e1262.View Related Profiles. PMID: 27858835.
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Bar chart showing 78 publications over 12 distinct years, with a maximum of 14 publications in 2013

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Boston MA 02118
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