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Lauren M Westafer DO, MPH, MS

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUMass Chan – Baystate Regional Campus
DepartmentEmergency Medicine at UMass Chan - Baystate
AddressBaystate Health Regional Campus
759 Chestnut Street
Springfield MA 01199
Phone413-794-5375
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    InstitutionUMass Chan – Baystate Regional Campus
    DepartmentHealthcare Delivery and Population Sciences at UMass Chan - Baystate


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    University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, United StatesBAHistory
    Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL, United StatesMPH
    Tufts University, Medford, MA, United StatesMSClinical & Transnational Scien
    Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL, United StatesDO

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    1. Challen K, Westafer L, Milne WK. Hot off the Press: We care a lot: the EmPATH study. Acad Emerg Med. 2022 Apr 21. PMID: 35451205.
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    2. Schoenfeld EM, Westafer L, Beck SA, Potee BG, Vysetty S, Simon C, Tozloski JM, Girardin AL, Soares W. "Just give them a choice": Patients' perspectives on starting medications for opioid use disorder in the ED. Acad Emerg Med. 2022 Apr 15. PMID: 35426962.
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    3. Westafer LM, Vinson DR. Risk for Recurrent Venous Thromboembolism in Patients With Subsegmental Pulmonary Embolism Managed Without Anticoagulation. Ann Intern Med. 2022 04; 175(4):W43. PMID: 35436438.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    4. Challen K, Westafer L, Milne WK. Hot off the press: Stop fallin'-Geriatric fall prevention in the emergency department. Acad Emerg Med. 2022 Apr; 29(4):507-508. PMID: 35191135.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    5. Faust JS, Westafer LM. At Fifty Annals Finds Itself in a Hybrid Era, Straddling the Print and Digital Worlds: The Future of Both Platforms Depends on Usability. Ann Emerg Med. 2022 03; 79(3):223-224. PMID: 35183321.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    6. Gisondi MA, Barber R, Faust JS, Raja A, Strehlow MC, Westafer LM, Gottlieb M. A Deadly Infodemic: Social Media and the Power of COVID-19 Misinformation. J Med Internet Res. 2022 02 01; 24(2):e35552. PMID: 35007204.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
    7. Schoenfeld EM, Soares WE, Schaeffer EM, Gitlin J, Burke K, Westafer LM. "This is part of emergency medicine now": A qualitative assessment of emergency clinicians' facilitators of and barriers to initiating buprenorphine. Acad Emerg Med. 2022 01; 29(1):28-40. PMID: 34374466.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    8. Doty E, DiGiacomo S, Gunn B, Westafer L, Schoenfeld E. What are the clinical effects of the different emergency department imaging options for suspected renal colic? A scoping review. J Am Coll Emerg Physicians Open. 2021 Jun; 2(3):e12446. PMID: 34179874.
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    9. Bond C, Westafer L, Challen K, Milne WK. Hot off the press: the RAMPED trial-methoxyflurane for analgesia in the emergency department. Acad Emerg Med. 2021 10; 28(10):1179-1182. PMID: 33772948.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    10. Westafer LM, Bond C, Milne W. Hot off the press: Diagnostic testing differences between advanced practice providers and physicians. Acad Emerg Med. 2021 08; 28(8):922-924. PMID: 33721344.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    11. Challen K, Bond C, Westafer L, Heitz C, Milne WK. Hot off the press: Loop technique versus drainage and packing in emergency department abscess management. Acad Emerg Med. 2021 07; 28(7):810-813. PMID: 33576543.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    12. Schoenfeld EM, Poronsky KE, Westafer LM, DiFronzo BM, Visintainer P, Scales CD, Hess EP, Lindenauer PK. Feasibility and efficacy of a decision aid for emergency department patients with suspected ureterolithiasis: protocol for an adaptive randomized controlled trial. Trials. 2021 Mar 10; 22(1):201. PMID: 33691760.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
    13. Kline JA, Camargo CA, Courtney DM, Kabrhel C, Nordenholz KE, Aufderheide T, Baugh JJ, Beiser DG, Bennett CL, Bledsoe J, Castillo E, Chisolm-Straker M, Goldberg EM, House H, House S, Jang T, Lim SC, Madsen TE, McCarthy DM, Meltzer A, Moore S, Newgard C, Pagenhardt J, Pettit KL, Pulia MS, Puskarich MA, Southerland LT, Sparks S, Turner-Lawrence D, Vrablik M, Wang A, Weekes AJ, Westafer L, Wilburn J. Clinical prediction rule for SARS-CoV-2 infection from 116 U.S. emergency departments 2-22-2021. PLoS One. 2021; 16(3):e0248438. PMID: 33690722.
      Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
    14. Westafer LM, Shieh MS, Pekow PS, Stefan MS, Lindenauer PK. Outpatient Management of Patients Following Diagnosis of Acute Pulmonary Embolism. Acad Emerg Med. 2021 03; 28(3):336-345. PMID: 33248008.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    15. Artenstein AW, Stanaway N, Roy A, Westafer L, Lindenauer PK, Seiler AC, Coelho R, Prather M. An Integrated Mobile Acute Care Service Enhances Value. Popul Health Manag. 2021 08; 24(4):442-447. PMID: 33764793.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    16. Soares WE, Schoenfeld EM, Visintainer P, Elia T, Medarametla V, Schoenfeld DA, Deutsch A, Salvador D, Dietzen D, Tidswell MA, DePergola PA, Marie PS, Westafer LM. Safety Assessment of a Noninvasive Respiratory Protocol for Adults With COVID-19. J Hosp Med. 2020 12; 15(12):734-738. PMID: 33231547.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    17. Stefan MS, Spitzer KA, Zulfiqar S, Heineman BD, Hogan TP, Westafer LM, Pulia MS, Pinto-Plata VM, Lindenauer PK. Uncertainty as a critical determinant of antibiotic prescribing in patients with an asthma exacerbation: a qualitative study. J Asthma. 2022 Feb; 59(2):352-361. PMID: 33158364.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    18. Westafer LM, Soares WE, Salvador D, Medarametla V, Schoenfeld EM. No evidence of increasing COVID-19 in health care workers after implementation of high flow nasal cannula: A safety evaluation. Am J Emerg Med. 2021 Jan; 39:158-161. PMID: 33059983.
      Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:HumansPHPublic Health
    19. Westafer LM, Elia T, Medarametla V, Lagu T. A Transdisciplinary COVID-19 Early Respiratory Intervention Protocol: An Implementation Story. J Hosp Med. 2020 Jun; 15(6):372-374. PMID: 32490800.
      Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:HumansCellsPHPublic Health
    20. Schoenfeld EM, Westafer LM, Soares WE. Missed Opportunities to Save Lives-Treatments for Opioid Use Disorder After Overdose. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 05 01; 3(5):e206369. PMID: 32459351.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    21. Westafer LM, Schriger DL. Deconstructing the Network Meta-analysis. Ann Emerg Med. 2020 07; 76(1):31-33. PMID: 32331841.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    22. Westafer LM, Kunz A, Bugajska P, Hughes A, Mazor KM, Schoenfeld EM, Stefan MS, Lindenauer PK. Provider Perspectives on the Use of Evidence-based Risk Stratification Tools in the Evaluation of Pulmonary Embolism: A Qualitative Study. Acad Emerg Med. 2020 06; 27(6):447-456. PMID: 32220127.
      Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    23. Westafer L. YEARS Algorithm in Pregnant Patients With Suspected Pulmonary Embolism: October 2019 Annals of Emergency Medicine Journal Club. Ann Emerg Med. 2019 10; 74(4):603-605. PMID: 31543130.
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    24. Madsen TE, Linden JA, Rounds K, Hsieh YH, Lopez BL, Boatright D, Garg N, Heron SL, Jameson A, Kass D, Lall MD, Melendez AM, Scheulen JJ, Sethuraman KN, Westafer LM, Safdar B. Current Status of Gender and Racial/Ethnic Disparities Among Academic Emergency Medicine Physicians. Acad Emerg Med. 2017 10; 24(10):1182-1192. PMID: 28779488.
      Citations: 25     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    25. Aycock RD, Westafer LM, Boxen JL, Majlesi N, Schoenfeld EM, Bannuru RR. Acute Kidney Injury After Computed Tomography: A Meta-analysis. Ann Emerg Med. 2018 Jan; 71(1):44-53.e4. PMID: 28811122.
      Citations: 34     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    26. Mader TJ, Westafer LM, Nathanson BH, Villarroel N, Coute RA, McNally BF. Targeted Temperature Management Effectiveness in the Elderly: Insights from a Large Registry. Ther Hypothermia Temp Manag. 2017 Dec; 7(4):222-230. PMID: 28557694.
      Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    27. Westafer LM, Milne WK, Carpenter CR. Hot Off the Press: An Observational Study of 2,248 Patients Presenting with Headache, Suggestive of Subarachnoid Hemorrhage, That Received a Lumbar Puncture Following a Normal Computed Tomography of the Head. Acad Emerg Med. 2016 06; 23(6):750-2. PMID: 26834085.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    28. Westafer LM, Carpenter CR, Milne WK. Hot Off the Press: Outpatient Anticoagulation for Venous Thromboembolism Diagnosed in the Emergency Department. Acad Emerg Med. 2015 Nov; 22(11):1355-7. PMID: 26469358.
      Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
    29. Westafer L, Hensley J, Shaikh S, Lin M. Global Emergency Medicine Journal Club: A Social Media Discussion About the Lack of Association Between Press Ganey Scores and Emergency Department Analgesia. Ann Emerg Med. 2016 Jan; 67(1):49-55. PMID: 26003003.
      Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
    30. Westafer L, Nickels LC, Flach E, De Portu G, Stead LG. Role of bedside ultrasound in CMV retinitis: a case report. Case Rep Emerg Med. 2012; 2012:690598. PMID: 23326721.
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