Renda Soylemez Wiener, MD, MPH
Associate Professor
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 Medical Center

Bedford VA - Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hosp

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

Pragmatic trial of more versus less intensive strategies for active surveillance of paitients with small pulmonary nodules
08/01/2015 - 07/31/2020 (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

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. Gillmeyer KR, Lee MM, Link AP, Klings ES, Rinne ST, Wiener RS. Response. Chest. 2019 May; 155(5):1077-1078.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31060692.
  2. Wiener RS, Rivera MP. Access to Lung Cancer Screening Programs in the United States: Perpetuating the Inverse Care Law. Chest. 2019 May; 155(5):883-885. PMID: 31060698.
  3. Gillmeyer KR, Lee KM, Shao Q, Miller DR, Maron BA, Klings ES, Rinne ST, Wiener RS. Multisystem Healthcare Use among U.S. Veterans with Pulmonary Hypertension. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2019 Apr 26.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31026406.
  4. Rinne ST, Resnick K, Wiener RS, Simon SR, Elwy AR. VA Provider Perspectives on Coordinating COPD Care Across Health Systems. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Apr 22.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31011970.
  5. Melzer AC, Golden SE, Wiener RS, Iaccarino JM, Slatore CG. A Brief Report of Smoking Behaviors in Patients with Incidental Pulmonary Nodules: Associations with Communication and Risk Perception. Tob Use Insights. 2019; 12:1179173X19839059.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31019369.
  6. Kathuria H, Seibert RG, Cobb V, Herbst N, Weinstein ZM, Gowarty M, Jhunjhunwala R, Helm ED, Wiener RS. Perceived barriers to quitting cigarettes among hospitalized smokers with substance use disorders: A mixed methods study. Addict Behav. 2019 Feb 18; 95:41-48.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30836208; DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2019.02.017;.
  7. Iaccarino JM, Duran C, Slatore CG, Wiener RS, Kathuria H. Combining smoking cessation interventions with LDCT lung cancer screening: A systematic review. Prev Med. 2019 Apr; 121:24-32.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30753860.
  8. Rinne ST, Wiener RS, Chen Y, Rise P, Udris E, Feemster LC, Au DH. Reply to Kardos: Extent of Overuse of Inhaled Corticosteroids in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2019 Jan 15; 199(2):249-250.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30278144.
  9. Kwan GF, Enserro DM, Benjamin EJ, Walkey AJ, Wiener RS, Magnani JW. Racial Differences in Hospital Death for Atrial Fibrillation: The National Inpatient Sample 2001-2012. Proclins Cardiol. 2018; 1(1):1005.View Related Profiles. PMID: 31008458.
  10. Iaccarino JM, Steiling KA, Wiener RS. Lung Cancer Screening in a Safety-Net Hospital: Implications of Screening a Real-World Population versus the National Lung Screening Trial. Ann Am Thorac Soc. 2018 Dec; 15(12):1493-1495.View Related Profiles. PMID: 30199643.
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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.

Available to Mentor as: (Review Mentor Role Definitions):
  • Advisor
  • Career Mentor
  • Co-Mentor or Peer Mentor
  • Project Mentor
  • Research / Scholarly Mentor
  • Work / Life Integration Mentor
Contact for Mentoring:
  • Email (see 'Contact Info')

72 E. Concord St Housman (R)
Boston MA 02118
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