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Mihaela S. Stefan, MD

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General Medicine Division
  • Co-Director, Scholarly Activity Internal Medicine Residency Program
  • Research Scientist, Center for Quality of Care Research
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Director, Medical Consultation Program and Outpatient Perioperative Clinic
Department of General Medicine, Division of Hospital Medicine
759 Chestnut Street, S2660
Springfield, MA 01199
  • PhD, Clinical and Translational Science
    Tufts University Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
    Boston, MA
  • Internal Medicine Residency
    St. John's Episcopal Hospital/SUNY
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Carol Davilla School of Medicine
    Bucharest, Romania


Honors and Awards
  • The Lasagna Award for Translational Research, Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Science, 2013
  • Natalie Zucker Research Center Grant for Women Scholars, 2010
Areas of Interest
  • Research is focused on improving the outcomes of hospitalized patients with respiratory diseases and of elderly patients undergoing noncardiac surgeries.
Professional Service
  • Fellow, American College of Physicians
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Hospital Practice
  • Reviewer, Medical Care, Journal of Hospital Medicine, Journal of
  • General Internal Medicine, Hospital Practice, European Journal of Respiratory
  • Diseases, International Journal of Comparative Effectiveness Research, Academic
  • Medicine Journal, Chest Journal, American Journal of Geriatrics


  • Lindenauer PK, Stefan MS, Shieh MS, Pekow PS, Rothberg MB, Hill NS. Outcomes Associated With Invasive and Noninvasive Ventilation Among Patients Hospitalized With Exacerbations of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. JAMA Intern Med. 2014 Oct 27. 
  • Stefan MS, Hill N, Shieh MS, Pekow PS, Lindenauer PKL, Trends in Mechanical Ventilation among Patients Hospitalized with Acute Exacerbation of COPD in the United States, 2001 to 2011, Chest. 2014, Nov 6.
  • Lindenauer PKL, Shieh MS, Pekow PS, Stefan MS.  Use and outcomes associated with long-acting bronchodilators among patients hospitalized for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, Ann Am Thor; 2014 Oct 11(18), 1186-94.
  • Fisher K, Stefan MS, Lessard D, Goldberg RG. Impact of COPD on the Mortality and Treatment of Patients  Hospitalized with Acute Decompensated Heart Failure (The Worcester Heart Failure Study), Chest 2014, Sept 4.
  • Ogunneye O, Rothberg MB, Friderici J, Slawsky MT, Gadiraju VT, Stefan MS. The Association Between Skilled Nursing Facility Care Quality and 30-Day Readmission Rates After Hospitalization for Heart Failure. Am J Med Qual. 2014 Apr 15.
  • Stefan M, Shieh MS, Pekow PS, Steingrub J, Rothberg MB, Lindenauer PK. Epidemiology and Outcomes of Acute Respiratory Failure in Hospitalized Patients in the United States, 2001 – 2009. Hosp Med. 2013 Feb;8(2):76-82 Epub 2013 Jan 18.
  • Stefan M, Rothberg MB, Shieh MS, Pekow PS, Lindenauer PK. Association between Antibiotic Treatment and Outcomes in Patients Hospitalized with Acute Exacerbation of COPD Treated with Systemic Steroids. Chest. 2013 Jan;143(1):82-90.
  • Stefan M, Rothberg MB, Priya A, Pekow PS, Au DH, Lindenauer PK. The effectiveness and safety of beta-blocker therapy in patients hospitalized with an acute COPD exacerbation and underlying ischemic heart disease or heart failure. Thorax. 2012 Nov;67(11):977-84.
  • Stefan M, Nsa W, Priya A, Pekow PS, Rothberg MB, Goldberg RG, Lindenauer PK. Hospital Performance Measures and 30-day Readmission Rates. J Gen Intern Med. 2013 Mar;28(3):377-85. 
  • Stefan M, Bannuru RR, Lindenauer PK, Goldberg RJ. The impact of COPD on management and outcomes of patients hospitalized with acute myocardial infarction – a ten year retrospective observational study; Chest. 2012 Jun;141(6):1441-8.
  • Stefan M, Belforti R, Langlois G, Rothberg M. A simulation-based program to train medical residents to lead and perform adult cardiopulmonary resuscitation; Hosp Pract 2011 Oct;39(4):63-9.
  • Stefan M, Iglesia L. Medical Consultation and Best Practices for Preoperative Evaluation of Elderly Patients; Hosp Pract (Minneap). 2011 Feb; 39(1):41-51.


  • Stefan M, Fernandez G. Inter-professional Management of the Complex Acute Surgical Patient in Case-Based Geriatrics: A Global Approach, Hirth, VA and Wieland D (eds), McGraw Hill, 2011.
  • Stefan M, Schaffer A. Chapter 26; Preoperative evaluation and management for patients with chronic kidney disease in Perioperative Medicine, Publisher: Springer; 1st Edition. edition (July 2011).
  • Mercado D, Stefan M. Postoperative Care and Co-Management of the Surgical Patient in  Perioperative and Consultative Medicine, John Wiley & Sons, Inc – (2012). 
  • Stefan M , Lindenauer P. Transparency as a strategy to improve the quality of perioperative care in Perioperative and Consultative Medicine, John Wiley & Sons, Inc (2012)


  • The effectiveness of noninvasive ventilation in patients hospitalized with acute respiratory failure; K01 NIH NHLBI Career Development Award (4 years)
  • A Coordinated Multidisciplinary Intervention to Improve the Outcomes of Frail Patients Undergoing Urgent Noncardiac Surgeries or Hospitalized with Trauma; Baystate Insurance Company
  • Epidemiology and Outcomes of Acute Respiratory Failure in Hospitalized Patients in US in 2001 – 2009; Tufts University, Charlton Grant
  • The association of beta-blocker therapy with outcomes in patients hospitalized for acute exacerbations of COPD with underlying ischemic heart disease or heart failure; 2010 KM1 Mentored Career Development Award in Comparative Effectiveness Research, Tufts CTSI 
  • Simulation-based Training for 3rd Year Medical Students– A   Combined Medical and Surgical Effort to Link Theory with Practice