Basmah Safdar MD, FACEP
Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine; Co-Chair, Chest Pain Center
Clinical research; Chest pain center; Women and cardiovascular disease; Sex- and gender-specific research; Cardiac biomakers; Coronary risk factors; Depression; Disparities; Education; Chest pain in a multidimensional model; Pain; Perception; Women's health; Microvessel disease; Endothelial reactivity; persistent chest pain; systems costs.
Dr. Safdar's research interests include women’s health, in particular sex and gender disparities in cardiovascular health and a multisystem approach to pain management in the Emergency Department. Dr. Safdar has served as the Medical Director of the Yale New Haven Hospital Women’s Heart Program, a comprehensive community awareness program that aims to improve knowledge of women about heart disease (2008-2013). Dr. Safdar is also the Director of the Chest Pain Center.
Dr. Safdar's current research focuses on the physiology of microvascular disease and the role of persistent, unexplained chest pain as it affects patient-centered outcomes and systems costs. Dr. Safdar has won several research awards including Yale EM Research of the year award in 2004, Connecticut Chapter of Emergency Physicians (CCEP) award in 2004 and the National Best Clinical Science Research Award (Resident) by Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM) in 2005. Dr. Safdar speaks regularly at regional and national forums and has given several media presentations raising awareness about gender-specific forms of heart disease. She is currently the principal investigator for the RAMP-ED trial (RAnolazine for Microvascular angina by PET – in the Emergency Department). She also collaborates with VIRGO (Variation In Recovery: Role of Gender on Outcomes of Young AMI Patients), OPALS (Ontario Prehospital Advanced Life Support Study) and the Women’s Veterans Health Strategic Healthcare Group (cardiovascular) on studying sex/gender-specific outcomes.
For the past three years, Dr. Safdar has been leading a national collaborative initiative on Gender-Specific Research in Emergency Care. This multidisciplinary and multi-institutional effort is aimed to set the agenda for sex- and gender-specific research in emergency care research for the next five years.