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

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.

VA Boston Healthcare System

An Exploration of Treatment decision-Making Among Older Veterans with Advanced Kidney Disease

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  1. Wachterman MW, Sommers BD. Dying Poor in the US-Disparities in End-of-Life Care. JAMA. 2021 Feb 02; 325(5):423-424. PMID: 33528526
  2. O'Hare AM, Butler CR, Taylor JS, Wong SPY, Vig EK, Laundry RS, Wachterman MW, Hebert PL, Liu CF, Rios-Burrows N, Richards CA. Thematic Analysis of Hospice Mentions in the Health Records of Veterans with Advanced Kidney Disease. J Am Soc Nephrol. 2020 11; 31(11):2667-2677. PMID: 32764141; PMCID: PMC7608965; DOI: 10.1681/ASN.2020040473;
  3. Burns RB, Waikar SS, Wachterman MW, Kanjee Z. Management Options for an Older Adult With Advanced Chronic Kidney Disease and Dementia: Grand Rounds Discussion From Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. Ann Intern Med. 2020 08 04; 173(3):217-225.View Related Profiles. PMID: 32745449
  4. Rolnick JA, Ersek M, Wachterman MW, Halpern SD. The Quality of End-of-Life Care among ICU versus Ward Decedents. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2020 04 01; 201(7):832-839. PMID: 31940238; PMCID: PMC7124720; DOI: 10.1164/rccm.201907-1423OC;
  5. Yefimova M, Aslakson RA, Yang L, Garcia A, Boothroyd D, Gale RC, Giannitrapani K, Morris AM, Johanning JM, Shreve S, Wachterman MW, Lorenz KA. Palliative Care and End-of-Life Outcomes Following High-risk Surgery. JAMA Surg. 2020 02 01; 155(2):138-146. PMID: 31895424; PMCID: PMC6990868; DOI: 10.1001/jamasurg.2019.5083;
  6. Carpenter JG, Ersek M, Nelson F, Kinder D, Wachterman M, Smith D, Murray A, Garrido MM. A National Study of End-of-Life Care among Older Veterans with Hearing and Vision Loss. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2020 04; 68(4):817-825.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31886557
  7. Wachterman MW, Leveille T, Keating NL, Simon SR, Waikar SS, Bokhour B. Nephrologists' emotional burden regarding decision-making about dialysis initiation in older adults: a qualitative study. BMC Nephrol. 2019 10 24; 20(1):385.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31651262; PMCID: PMC6814056; DOI: 10.1186/s12882-019-1565-x;
  8. Richards CA, Hebert PL, Liu CF, Ersek M, Wachterman MW, Taylor LL, Reinke LF, O'Hare AM. Association of Family Ratings of Quality of End-of-Life Care With Stopping Dialysis Treatment and Receipt of Hospice Services. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 10 02; 2(10):e1913115. PMID: 31603487; PMCID: PMC6804019; DOI: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2019.13115;
  9. Richards CA, Liu CF, Hebert PL, Ersek M, Wachterman MW, Reinke LF, Taylor LL, O'Hare AM. Family Perceptions of Quality of End-of-Life Care for Veterans with Advanced CKD. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2019 09 06; 14(9):1324-1335. PMID: 31466952; PMCID: PMC6730503; DOI: 10.2215/CJN.01560219;
  10. Wachterman MW, O'Hare AM, Rahman OK, Lorenz KA, Marcantonio ER, Alicante GK, Kelley AS. One-Year Mortality After Dialysis Initiation Among Older Adults. JAMA Intern Med. 2019 07 01; 179(7):987-990. PMID: 31009039; PMCID: PMC6583827; DOI: 10.1001/jamainternmed.2019.0125;
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