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

MD, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
MPH, Dartmouth College
AB, Harvard 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 iatrogenic harms that may result from overly aggressive management.

My research has focused on two core areas:
1) Identifying and de-implementing low-value care in pulmonary and critical care medicine,
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, Department of Defense, PCORI, and several foundations to study these issues, and have co-chaired or participated in several clinical practice guidelines and policy statements to improve the quality, value, and patient-centeredness of care.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility

I am committed to improving equity through my research on strategies to improve care delivery and outcomes for historically marginalized groups and through mentoring trainees and junior faculty from diverse backgrounds. I am PI of a VA HSR&D project to co-design and pilot test a Veteran peer-led community outreach intervention to engage Black Veterans in lung cancer screening, and Co-PI of a VA ORD grant to host a summer internship at CHOIR for undergraduates and medical students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine and science. Finally I serve as Co-Lead of CHOIR's C2CARE collaborative to foster community-engaged research to promote health equity for Black Veterans; the executive leadership liaison on the CHOIR Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Change Team; and a member of the BU Pulmonary Center Racial Equity Committee.

Boston University
Pulmonary Center

Boston University
Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research

Boston Medical Center

VA Boston Healthcare System

Characterizing Care Coordination in Pulmonary Hypertension: A Mixed Methods Study
07/01/2021 - 06/30/2024 (Key Person / Mentor)
PI: Kari Gillmeyer, MD, MSc
Parker B. Francis Fellowship Program

Pragmatic trial of more versus less intensive strategies for active surveillance of patients with small pulmonary nodules
08/01/2015 - 07/31/2023 (Subcontract PI)
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute KaiserPermanente HRI

Novel methods to sub-phenotype patients with pulmonary hypertension due to chronic lung disease with implications for treatment
07/01/2022 - 06/30/2023 (PI)
NIH/National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Improving lung cancer screening adherence among underserved populations
11/01/2021 - 06/30/2022 (PI)
American Thoracic Society/ LUNGevity Foundation

Determining organizational structures and processes that improve lung cancer screening adherence among undeserved populations
09/15/2021 - 06/29/2022 (PI)
NIH/National Cancer Institute

Comorbidities in lung cancer screening: Improving decision-making and patient selection
12/01/2017 - 11/30/2019 (Key Person / Mentor)
PI: Jonathan Iaccarino, MD MS
Charles A. King Trust

Comorbidities in lung cancer screening: Improving decision-making and patient selection
12/01/2017 - 11/30/2019 (Key Person / Mentor)
PI: Jonathan Iaccarino, MD MS
The Medical Foundation/Sara Elizabeth O'Brien Trust

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
2024 Co-Design and Pilot Testing of Peer-led Community Outreach to Improve Equity, Veteran-Centeredness and Uptake of Lung Cancer Screening 1I21HX003712-01A1
2024 Impact of COVID-19 on implementation and outcomes of VA's Life-Sustaining TreatmentDecisions Initiative 5I01HX003307-02
2022 Impact of COVID-19 on implementation and outcomes of VA's Life-Sustaining TreatmentDecisions Initiative 1I01HX003307-01A2
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 5I01HX001830-06 1
2021 Factors and Outcomes Associated with Inappropriate Prescribing of Phosphodiesterase-5-Inhibitors for Pulmonary Hypertension 5I01HX001830-05 1
2020 Achieving appropriate, safe, and patient-centered lung cancer screening 7I01HX002684-03
2020 Achieving appropriate, safe, and patient-centered lung cancer screening 5I01HX002684-02
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  1. Kathuria H, Wiener RS. Toward Racial Equity in Lung Cancer Screening Eligibility. J Clin Oncol. 2024 Mar 27; JCO2400351.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38537157
  2. Kearney L, Bolton RE, Núñez ER, Boudreau JH, Sliwinski S, Herbst AN, Caverly TJ, Wiener RS. Tackling Guideline Non-concordance: Primary Care Barriers to Incorporating Life Expectancy into Lung Cancer Screening Decision-Making-A Qualitative Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2024 Mar 08.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38459413
  3. Flores A, Wiener RS, Hon S, Wakeman C, Howard J, Virani N, Mattus B, Foreman AG, Singh J, Rosen L, Bulekova K, Kathuria H. Sustainability of an Opt-Out Electronic-Health Record-based Tobacco Treatment Consult Service at a large safety-net hospital: A 6-year Analysis. Nicotine Tob Res. 2024 Feb 06.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38320328
  4. Núñez ER, Zhang S, Glickman ME, Qian SX, Boudreau JH, Lindenauer PK, Slatore CG, Miller DR, Caverly TJ, Wiener RS. What Goes into Patient Selection for Lung Cancer Screening? Factors Associated with Clinician Judgments of Suitability for Screening. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2024 Jan 15; 209(2):197-205. PMID: 37819144; PMCID: PMC10806423; DOI: 10.1164/rccm.202301-0155OC;
  5. Núñez ER, Bolton RE, Boudreau JH, Sliwinski SK, Herbst AN, Kearney LE, Caverly TJ, Wiener RS. "It Can't Hurt!": Why Many Patients With Limited Life Expectancy Decide to Accept Lung Cancer Screening. Ann Fam Med. 2024; 22(2):95-102.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38527813
  6. Lui JK, Cozzolino M, Winburn M, Trojanowski MA, Wiener RS, LaValley MP, Bujor AM, Gopal DM, Klings ES. Role of Left Ventricular Dysfunction in Systemic Sclerosis-Related Pulmonary Hypertension. Chest. 2023 Dec 19.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38128607; DOI: 10.1016/j.chest.2023.12.018;
  7. Herbst AN, McCullough MB, Wiener RS, Barker AM, Maguire EM, Fix GM. Proactively tailoring implementation: the case of shared decision-making for lung cancer screening across the VA New England Healthcare Network. BMC Health Serv Res. 2023 Nov 22; 23(1):1282.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37993840; PMCID: PMC10664378; DOI: 10.1186/s12913-023-10245-9;
  8. Robinson SA, Shimada SL, Sliwinski SK, Wiener RS, Moy ML. Stakeholder Perceptions of a Web-Based Physical Activity Intervention for COPD: A Mixed-Methods Study. J Clin Med. 2023 Sep 29; 12(19).View Related Profiles. PMID: 37834938; PMCID: PMC10574016; DOI: 10.3390/jcm12196296;
  9. Núñez ER, Lindenauer PK, Wiener RS. Electronic Health Record-Based Algorithms as Part of the Solution for Improving Lung Cancer Screening. JCO Clin Cancer Inform. 2023 Sep; 7:e2300222. PMID: 38055916
  10. Gould MK, Creekmur B, Qi L, Golden SE, Kaplan CP, Walter E, Mularski RA, Vaszar LT, Fennig K, Steiner J, de Bie E, Musigdilok VV, Altman DA, Dyer DS, Kelly K, Miglioretti DL, Wiener RS, Slatore CG, Smith-Bindman R. Emotional Distress, Anxiety, and General Health Status in Patients With Newly Identified Small Pulmonary Nodules: Results From the Watch the Spot Trial. Chest. 2023 Dec; 164(6):1560-1571. PMID: 37356710
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2022 BU School of Medicine, Dept. of Medicine: Research Mentor Award
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
In addition to these self-described keywords below, a list of MeSH based concepts is available here.

doctor-patient communication
health services research
lung cancer screening
medical decision-making
pulmonary nodule management

I am committed to mentoring the next generation of scientists. I previously served as 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 and the Evans Day Research Mentor Award in 2022.

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