Lauren Westafer, DO, MPH
Lauren Westafer, DO, MPH

Dr. Westafer is an Emergency Physician in Springfield, MA. After obtaining her Bachelor of Arts degree in Middle Eastern History from University of North Carolina, she attended medical school at Nova Southeastern University where she also earned a Masters in Public Health. She then went on to complete an Emergency Medicine residency at Baystate Medical Center, where she was chief resident. Dr. Westafer is currently a research fellow, pursuing a Masters in Clinical Science at Tufts University and working as a clinical instructor with the University of Massachusetts Medical School at Baystate Medical Center.

She has lectured internationally on the topics of small bowel obstruction ultrasound, FOAM, evidence based medicine, and concussions.

Dr. Westafer has been heavily involved in the Free Open Access Medical Education (FOAM) movement since its inception and blogs at The Short Coat with 500,000 page views and co-founded an award winning podcast, FOAMcast, that has over 400,000 downloads.


Preliminary evidence points to safety of covid-19 vaccines in pregnancy
Oxford/AstraZeneca Fails to Prevent Mild to Moderate Covid-19 From B.1.351 (“South Africa”) Variant (breaking)
Oxford/AstraZeneca fails to prevent mild to moderate covid-19 from B.1.351 ("South Africa") variant
New hope for tocilizumab
Does colchicine save lives or reduce hospitalizations in covid-19? (And yes, we purposely buried the lede on this one)
Convalescent plasma: a rare win, if you squint hard enough
Covid-19 and pregnant women—to vaccinate or not to vaccinate?
Covid-19 thought to increase abnormal blood clots. What do the CT scans say?
An early hopeful for an effective covid-19 therapy comes up short in a major trial
The USS Roosevelt covid-19 outbreak
Opioid usage surging during covid-19 pandemic
Certain risk factors help predict which covid-19 patients will return to the ER
Antibody levels fall after SARS-CoV-2 infection. What does that mean?
Finger on the pulse. Do home oxygen monitors help?
That respirator may be clean, but is it effective?
Community Transmission in the United States: When Did it Begin?
Consequences of the hydroxychloroquine craze
Brief loss of consciousness and Covid-19
Phase one data from another vaccine candidate raises hopes
How reliable are clinical findings in diagnosing Covid-19?
Healthcare worker infections in a large Wuhan hospital
What’s happening to strokes and heart attacks during the pandemic?
Does proning work?
Don’t box me in. Intubating patients with added protection may not work
Asymptomatic healthcare workers in London. Where are the infections happening?
More studies show hydroxychloroquine is not effective for treating covid-19
Is covid-19 triggering Kawasaki-like disease?
Do blood thinners help covid-19 patients?