Renda S. Wiener, MD, MPH

Professor, Medicine

Renda Wiener
72 E. Concord St Housman (R)


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.

Other Positions

  • Member, Pulmonary Center, Boston University
  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, Boston University
  • Boston Medical Center
  • VA Boston Healthcare System


  • Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, MD
  • Dartmouth College, MPH
  • Harvard College, AB


  • Published on 7/1/2024

    Caverly TJ, Wiener RS, Kumbier K, Lowery J, Fagerlin A. Prediction-Augmented Shared Decision-Making and Lung Cancer Screening Uptake. JAMA Netw Open. 2024 Jul 01; 7(7):e2419624. PMID: 38949809.

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  • Published on 6/7/2024

    Fix GM, Kaitz J, Herbst AN, Wiener RS, Crocker D, Miano D, Barker AM. Practical Strategies for Co-design: The Case of Engaging Patients in Developing Patient-Facing Shared-Decision Making Materials for Lung Cancer Screening. J Patient Exp. 2024; 11:23743735241252247. PMID: 38855653.

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  • Published on 6/1/2024

    Lui JK, Sangani RA, Gillmeyer KR, Vakhshoorzadeh J, Trojanowski MA, Bujor AM, Gopal DM, Wiener RS, LaValley MP, Klings ES. Correction to: Hemodynamic Response to Oral Vasodilator Therapy in Systemic Sclerosis-Related Pulmonary Hypertension. Cardiovasc Drugs Ther. 2024 Jun; 38(3):657. PMID: 36662449.

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  • Published on 5/24/2024

    Núñez ER, Fukunaga MI, Stevens GA, Yang JK, Reid SE, Spiegel JL, Ingemi MR, Wiener RS. Review of Interventions That Improve Uptake of Lung Cancer Screening: A Cataloging of Strategies That Have Been Shown to Work (or Not). Chest. 2024 May 24. PMID: 38797278.

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  • Published on 5/20/2024

    Johnson SW, Wang RS, Winter MR, Gillmeyer KR, Zeder K, Klings ES, Goldstein RH, Wiener RS, Maron BA. Cluster analysis identifies novel real-world lung disease-pulmonary hypertension subphenotypes: implications for treatment response. ERJ Open Res. 2024 May; 10(3). PMID: 38770008.

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  • Published on 5/20/2024

    Skurla SE, Leishman NJ, Fagerlin A, Wiener RS, Lowery J, Caverly TJ. Clinician Perceptions on Using Decision Tools to Support Prediction-Based Shared Decision Making for Lung Cancer Screening. MDM Policy Pract. 2024; 9(1):23814683241252786. PMID: 38779527.

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  • Published on 3/27/2024

    Kathuria H, Wiener RS. Toward Racial Equity in Lung Cancer Screening Eligibility. J Clin Oncol. 2024 Jun 10; 42(17):2001-2004. PMID: 38537157.

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  • Published on 3/8/2024

    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. PMID: 38459413.

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  • Published on 2/6/2024

    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. PMID: 38320328.

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  • Published on 1/15/2024

    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.

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