Joseph G. Akar MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology); Academic Director of Electrophysiology; Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratory

Departments & Organizations

Yale Medical Group

Heart & Vascular Center, Yale-New Haven Hospital

Office of Student ResearchInternal Medicine: Cardiovascular Medicine: Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation (CORE), Cardiomyopathy Inherited Cardiovascular Disease Program, Electrophysiology and Cardiac Arrhythmia Service: Complex Ablation Program

Research Interests

Mechanisms of atrial fibrillation; Ablation of atrial fibrillation; Molecular imaging of structural remodeling; Pericardial fat and arrhythmogenesis; Effect of remote device monitoring on patient outcomes; Atrial fibrillation burden; Clinical outcomes more...


  • M.D., University of Pittsburgh, 1995
  • Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2004
  • Ph.D., University of Virginia, 2004

Selected Publications

  • Al-Chekakie MO, Welles CC, Metoyer R, Ibrahim A, Shapira AR, Cytron J, Santucci P, Wilber DJ, Akar JG. Pericardial Fat is Independently Associated with Human Atrial Fibrillation. J Am Coll Cardiol 2010; 56:784-788. Focus Issue on Heart Rhythm Disorders.
  • Akar JG, Jeske W, Wilber DW. Acute onset human atrial fibrillation is associated with local cardiac platelet activation and endothelial dysfunction. J Am Coll Cardiol 2008; 51:1790-1793.
  • Akar JG, Al-Chekakie MO, Fugate T, Moran L, Froloshki B, Varma N, Santucci P, Wilber DJ, Matsumura ME. Endothelial Dysfunction in Heart Failure Identifies Responders to Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy. Heart Rhythm 2008; 5:1229-1235 (Featured Article).



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