Renda Soylemez Wiener, MD, MPH
Boston University School of Medicine
Dept of Medicine
Pulmonary, Allergy, Sleep & Critical Care Medicine

MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
MPH, Dartmouth College

I am a pulmonary and critical care physician, health services researcher, and implementation scientist. 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.

My research has focused on two core areas:
1) Identifying and de-implementing overly aggressive, potentially harmful strategies in pulmonary and critical care,
2) Defining and implementing patient-centered strategies to optimize the ratio of benefits to harms in lung cancer screening and evaluation of potentially malignant pulmonary nodules.

I have received grant funding from the NIH, VA HSR&D, VA QUERI, Dept of Defense, PCORI, and several foundations to study these problems, and have co-chaired or participated in several clinical practice guidelines and policy statements to improve the quality, appropriateness, and patient-centeredness of care.

Boston University
Pulmonary Center

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

Boston Medical Center

VA Boston Healthcare System

Improving lung cancer screening adherence among underserved populations
11/01/2021 - 10/31/2023 (PI)
American Thoracic Society/ LUNGevity Foundation

Determining organizational structures and processes that improve lung cancer screening adherence among undeserved populations
09/15/2021 - 09/14/2022 (PI)
NIH/National Cancer Institute

Pragmatic trial of more versus less intensive strategies for active surveillance of paitients with small pulmonary nodules
08/01/2015 - 07/31/2022 (Subcontract 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


Yr Title Project-Sub Proj Pubs
2021 Achieving appropriate, safe, and patient-centered lung cancer screening 5I01HX002684-04
2021 K12 Cardiopulmonary Implementation Science Scholars Program 5K12HL138049-05 6
2021 Factors and Outcomes Associated with Inappropriate Prescribing of Phosphodiesterase-5-Inhibitors for Pulmonary Hypertension 5I01HX001830-04 1
2021 Factors and Outcomes Associated with Inappropriate Prescribing of Phosphodiesterase-5-Inhibitors for Pulmonary Hypertension 5I01HX001830-05 1
2021 Factors and Outcomes Associated with Inappropriate Prescribing of Phosphodiesterase-5-Inhibitors for Pulmonary Hypertension 5I01HX001830-06 1
2020 Achieving appropriate, safe, and patient-centered lung cancer screening 5I01HX002684-02
2020 Achieving appropriate, safe, and patient-centered lung cancer screening 7I01HX002684-03
2020 K12 Cardiopulmonary Implementation Science Scholars Program 5K12HL138049-04 6
2019 Achieving appropriate, safe, and patient-centered lung cancer screening 1I01HX002684-01
2019 K12 Cardiopulmonary Implementation Science Scholars Program 5K12HL138049-03 6
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  1. Lowery J, Fagerlin A, Larkin AR, Wiener RS, Skurla SE, Caverly TJ. Implementation of a Web-Based Tool for Shared Decision-making in Lung Cancer Screening: Mixed Methods Quality Improvement Evaluation. JMIR Hum Factors. 2022 Apr 01; 9(2):e32399. PMID: 35363144
  2. Johnson SW, Gillmeyer KR, Bolton RE, McCullough MB, Qian SX, Maron BA, Klings ES, Wiener RS. Variable Monitoring of Veterans with Group 3 Pulmonary Hypertension Treated with Off-Label Pulmonary Vasodilator Therapy. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2022 Mar 21.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35312466
  3. Wiener RS, Barker AM, Carter-Harris L, Caverly TJ, Crocker DA, Denietolis A, Doherty C, Fagerlin A, Gallagher-Seaman M, Gould MK, Han PKJ, Herbst AN, Ito Fukunaga M, McCullough MB, Miano DA, Quaife SL, Slatore CG, Fix GM. Stakeholder Research Priorities to Promote Implementation of Shared Decision-Making for Lung Cancer Screening: An American Thoracic Society and Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development Statement. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2022 03 15; 205(6):619-630.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35289730; DOI: 10.1164/rccm.202201-0126ST;
  4. Khanna A, Fix GM, McCullough MB, Herbst AN, Li M, Miano D, Barker AM, Wiener RS. Implementing Shared Decision-Making for Lung Cancer Screening across a Veterans Health Administration Hospital Network: A Hybrid Effectiveness-Implementation Study Protocol. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2022 03; 19(3):476-483.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34678137
  5. Kearney L, Wiener RS, Dahodwala M, Fix GM, Hicks J, Little F, Howard J, Foreman AG, Wakeman C, O'Donnell C, Bulekova K, Drainoni ML, Kathuria H. A mixed methods study to inform and evaluate a longitudinal nurse practitioner/community health worker intervention to address social determinants of health and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease self-management. BMC Pulm Med. 2022 Mar 01; 22(1):74.View Related Profiles. PMID: 35232414; PMCID: PMC8889692; DOI: 10.1186/s12890-022-01863-w;
  6. Nunez ER, Caverly TJ, Zhang S, Glickman ME, Qian SX, Boudreau JH, Miller DR, Wiener RS. Invasive Procedures and Associated Complications After Initial Lung Cancer Screening in a National Cohort of Veterans. Chest. 2022 Feb 26. PMID: 35231480
  7. Reilly ED, Robinson SA, Petrakis BA, Gardner MM, Wiener RS, Castaneda-Sceppa C, Quigley KS. Mobile Intervention to Improve Sleep and Functional Health of Veterans With Insomnia: Randomized Controlled Trial. JMIR Form Res. 2021 Dec 09; 5(12):e29573.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34889746; PMCID: PMC8704109; DOI: 10.2196/29573;
  8. Robinson SA, Reilly ED, Petrakis BA, Wiener RS, Castaneda-Sceppa C, Quigley KS. Daily physical activity and sleep in veterans: the role of insomnia severity. J Behav Med. 2022 Apr; 45(2):318-323. PMID: 34718912; PMCID: PMC8957495; DOI: 10.1007/s10865-021-00260-8;
  9. Palmer JA, Sullivan JL, Wachterman MW, Sager ZS, Wiener RS. "If You Built It, They Could Come": Opportunities to Expand Access to Palliative Care. J Palliat Med. 2022 02; 25(2):200-204.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34861114
  10. Mesfin N, Fischman A, Garcia MA, Johnson S, Parikh R, Wiener RS. Predictors to forgo resuscitative effort during Covid-19 critical illness at the height of the pandemic : A retrospective cohort study. Palliat Med. 2021 09; 35(8):1519-1524.View Related Profiles. PMID: 34479453
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2020 American Society for Clinical Investigation: Elected member
2014 BU School of Medicine, Dept. of Medicine: Junior Faculty Mentorship Award
2014 American Thoracic Society, Behavioral Sciences & Health Services Research Assembly: Early Career Achievement 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

I am committed to mentoring the next generation of scientists. I am the Mentorship Director for VA CHOIR, and have co-led seminars to support new grant writers both at VA CHOIR and for the American Thoracic Society. I was honored with the Evans Award for Junior Faculty Mentorship in 2014.

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