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 Melissa Wachterman   Melissa W. Wachterman, MD

         Investigator, CHOIR        

         Staff Physician, VA Boston Healthcare System

         Physician Investigator and Assistant Professor,

         Brigham and Women's Hospital

         Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

                                                   Staff Physician, Dana Farber Cancer Institute



  • BA, Haverford College, Haverford, PA
  • MS, Harvard School of Public Health, Cambridge, MA
  • MPH, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
  • MD, Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, MA
  • Residency, Internal Medicine/Primary Care, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  • Harvard Palliative Medicine Fellowship, Massachusetts General Hospital & Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
  • Harvard General Medicine Research Fellowship, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA
  • Visiting Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA


  • Quality of care improvement for seriously-ill older adults with end-stage renal disease (ESRD)
  • Palliative medicine
  • Communication and patient-centered decision-making
  • End-of-life care policy


  • K23, National Institute on Aging, 2015-2020
  • Junior Career Development Award, National Palliative Care Research Center, 2014
  • Milton W. Hamolsky Junior Faculty Scientific Presentation Award, Society of General Internal Medicine, 2014
  • Top Oral Abstract by Trainee, American Society of Nephrology Kidney Week Annual Meeting, 2012
  • Fellowship Teaching Award in Palliative Care, Brigham and Women’s Hospital & Harvard Medical School, 2008