Melissa W. Wachterman, MD

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Medicine

Melissa Wachterman
150 S Huntington Avenue

Biography

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.

Other Positions

  • VA Boston Healthcare System

Education

  • Tufts University School of Medicine, MD
  • Harvard School of Public Health, MSc
  • Tufts University School of Medicine, MPH
  • Haverford College, BA

Publications

  • Published on 3/12/2022

    Wachterman MW, Luth EA, Semco RS, Weissman JS. Where Americans Die - Is There Really "No Place Like Home"? N Engl J Med. 2022 Mar 17; 386(11):1008-1010. PMID: 35275480.

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  • Published on 3/1/2022

    Jones KF, Laury E, Sanders J, Starr LT, Rosa WE, Booker SQ, Wachterman M, Jones CA, Hickman S, Merlin JS, Meghani SH. Author Response to Reader's Comments to Fitzgerald Jones et al., Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know About Delivering Antiracist Care to Black Americans (DOI: 10.1089/jpm.2021.0502). J Palliat Med. 2022 03; 25(3):347-348. PMID: 35230905.

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  • Published on 2/1/2022

    Merlin JS, Wachterman MW, Becker WC, Bohnert ASB. Serious Illness and Limitations of Death Certificate-Based Data: Urgent Lessons From the Opioid Epidemic. Am J Public Health. 2022 02; 112(S1):S36-S38. PMID: 35143261.

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  • Published on 11/16/2021

    Jones KF, Laury E, Sanders JJ, Starr LT, Rosa WE, Booker SQ, Wachterman M, Jones CA, Hickman S, Merlin JS, Meghani SH. Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know About Delivering Antiracist Care to Black Americans. J Palliat Med. 2022 03; 25(3):479-487. PMID: 34788577.

    Read at: PubMed
  • Published on 10/29/2021

    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. PMID: 34861114.

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  • Published on 9/29/2021

    Kinder D, Smith D, Ersek M, Wachterman M, Thorpe J, Davis D, Kutney-Lee A. Family reports of end-of-life care among veterans in home-based primary care: The role of hospice. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2022 01; 70(1):243-250. PMID: 34585735.

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  • Published on 2/2/2021

    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.

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  • Published on 12/10/2020

    Wachterman MW, Sommers BD. Dying Poor in the US-Disparities in End-of-Life Care. JAMA Health Forum. 2020 Dec; 1(12). PMID: 35548661.

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  • Published on 8/6/2020

    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.

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  • Published on 8/4/2020

    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. PMID: 32745449.

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