Melissa W. Wachterman MD
Adjunct Assistant Professor, General Internal Medicine
150 S Huntington Avenue | (617) 638-5300
General Internal Medicine
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.
MD, Tufts University School of Medicine, 2005
Epidemiology, MSc, Harvard School of Public Health, 2011
MPH, Tufts University School of Medicine, 2005
Psychology, BA, Haverford College, 2000
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. 2021 Sep 29. PMID: 34585735.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.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.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.Published on 4/1/2020
Rolnick JA, Ersek M, Wachterman MW, Halpern SD. The Quality of End-of-Life Care among ICU versus Ward Decedents. Am J Respir Crit Care Med. 2020 04 01; 201(7):832-839. PMID: 31940238.Published on 2/1/2020
Yefimova M, Aslakson RA, Yang L, Garcia A, Boothroyd D, Gale RC, Giannitrapani K, Morris AM, Johanning JM, Shreve S, Wachterman MW, Lorenz KA. Palliative Care and End-of-Life Outcomes Following High-risk Surgery. JAMA Surg. 2020 02 01; 155(2):138-146. PMID: 31895424.Published on 12/30/2019
Carpenter JG, Ersek M, Nelson F, Kinder D, Wachterman M, Smith D, Murray A, Garrido MM. A National Study of End-of-Life Care among Older Veterans with Hearing and Vision Loss. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2020 04; 68(4):817-825. PMID: 31886557.Published on 10/24/2019
Wachterman MW, Leveille T, Keating NL, Simon SR, Waikar SS, Bokhour B. Nephrologists' emotional burden regarding decision-making about dialysis initiation in older adults: a qualitative study. BMC Nephrol. 2019 10 24; 20(1):385. PMID: 31651262.Published on 10/2/2019
Richards CA, Hebert PL, Liu CF, Ersek M, Wachterman MW, Taylor LL, Reinke LF, O'Hare AM. Association of Family Ratings of Quality of End-of-Life Care With Stopping Dialysis Treatment and Receipt of Hospice Services. JAMA Netw Open. 2019 10 02; 2(10):e1913115. PMID: 31603487.Published on 8/29/2019
Richards CA, Liu CF, Hebert PL, Ersek M, Wachterman MW, Reinke LF, Taylor LL, O'Hare AM. Family Perceptions of Quality of End-of-Life Care for Veterans with Advanced CKD. Clin J Am Soc Nephrol. 2019 09 06; 14(9):1324-1335. PMID: 31466952.