Elisha M. Wachman, MD

Associate Professor, Pediatrics

Elisha Wachman


Dr. Wachman received her MD from the BU School of Medicine before pursuing her pediatric residency at Boston Medical Center (BMC) and Children’s Hospital Boston. She then completed her neonatology fellowship at the Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center. She is currently an attending neonatologist at BMC and a leader in neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS) quality improvement and research. Her research interests include the genetics and epigenetics of NOWS, treatments for maternal opioid use disorder (OUD), and the use of non-pharmacologic care methods to improve NOWS outcomes. She is currently the principal investigator of a NIH funded study examining the safety, efficacy, pharmacokinetics, pharmacogenomics, and long-term maternal and infant outcomes of naltrexone for pregnant women with OUD, and participates in several other NIH and foundation funded studies involving pregnant women with OUD / infants with NOWS. Dr. Wachman also researches perinatal COVID-19 transmission, including examination of placental and neonatal markers and long-term infant outcomes.


  • Boston University School of Medicine, MD
  • Georgetown University, BS

Classes Taught

  • GMSMS710


  • Published on 4/24/2021

    Schiff DM, Partridge S, Gummadi NH, Gray JR, Stulac S, Costello E, Wachman EM, Jones HE, Greenfield SF, Taveras EM, Bernstein JA. Caring for Families Impacted by Opioid Use: A Qualitative Analysis of Integrated Program Designs. Acad Pediatr. 2021 Apr 24. PMID: 33901729.

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  • Published on 4/14/2021

    Sabharwal V, Bartolome R, Hassan SA, Levesque BM, Camelo IY, Wachman EM, Figueira M, Yarrington CD, Cooper ER, Barnett ED, Parker MG. Mother-Infant Dyads with COVID-19 at an Urban, Safety-Net Hospital: Clinical Manifestations and Birth Outcomes. Am J Perinatol. 2021 06; 38(7):741-746. PMID: 33853145.

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  • Published on 4/2/2021

    Gummadi NH, D'Amico M, Chandra P, Krumholz JO, Mumber HE, Hoyo L, Miller M, Borba CP, Wachman EM. Impact of cuddler service-learning program in medical student education of opioid use disorder in pregnancy and neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome. Subst Abus. 2021 Apr 02; 1-6. PMID: 33797332.

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  • Published on 2/19/2021

    Singh R, Houghton M, Melvin P, Wachman EM, Diop H, Iverson R, Picarillo A, Rhein L, Gupta M. Predictors of pharmacologic therapy for neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome: a retrospective analysis of a statewide database. J Perinatol. 2021 Feb 19. PMID: 33608626.

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  • Published on 1/8/2021

    Benarroch Y, Juttukonda L, Sabharwal V, Boateng J, Khan AR, Yarrington C, Wachman EM, Taglauer E. Differential Expression of Rab5 and Rab7 Small GTPase Proteins in Placental Tissues From Pregnancies Affected by Maternal Coronavirus Disease 2019. Clin Ther. 2021 02; 43(2):308-318. PMID: 33541739.

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  • Published on 11/10/2020

    Meyers S, Wachman EM. A Case of False-positive Amphetamine Results on Urine Toxicology Testing Secondary to Imatinib. J Addict Med. 2020 Nov 10. PMID: 33181576.

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  • Published on 10/15/2020

    Peeler M, Gupta M, Melvin P, Bryant AS, Diop H, Iverson R, Callaghan K, Wachman EM, Singh R, Houghton M, Greenfield SF, Schiff DM. Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Maternal and Infant Outcomes Among Opioid-Exposed Mother-Infant Dyads in Massachusetts (2017-2019). Am J Public Health. 2020 12; 110(12):1828-1836. PMID: 33058701.

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  • Published on 10/14/2020

    Harris M, Joseph K, Hoeppner B, Wachman EM, Gray JR, Saia K, Wakeman S, Bair-Merritt MH, Schiff DM. A Retrospective Cohort Study Examining the Utility of Perinatal Urine Toxicology Testing to Guide Breastfeeding Initiation. J Addict Med. 2020 Oct 14. PMID: 33060464.

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  • Published on 8/25/2020

    Taglauer E, Benarroch Y, Rop K, Barnett E, Sabharwal V, Yarrington C, Wachman EM. Consistent localization of SARS-CoV-2 spike glycoprotein and ACE2 over TMPRSS2 predominance in placental villi of 15 COVID-19 positive maternal-fetal dyads. Placenta. 2020 10; 100:69-74. PMID: 32862058.

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  • Published on 8/13/2020

    Sen S, Andrews C, Anderson E, Turner D, Monthé-Drèze C, Wachman EM. Type of feeding provided with dextrose gel impacts hypoglycemia outcomes: comparing donor milk, formula, and breastfeeding. J Perinatol. 2020 11; 40(11):1705-1711. PMID: 32792637.

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