Joseph G. Akar, MD, PhD

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

Departments & Organizations

Cardiovascular Medicine: Cardiomyopathy Inherited Cardiovascular Disease Program | Center for Outcomes Research & Evaluation (CORE) | Electrophysiology and Cardiac Arrhythmia Service: Complex Ablation Program

Heart & Vascular Center, Yale-New Haven Hospital

Office of Student Research

Yale Medical Group


Joseph G Akar, MD, PhD is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Section of Cardiology at the Yale University School of Medicine. Following his Bachelor’s degree in Biology at the Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Akar obtained his MD from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He subsequently completed internship and residency at the Yale-New Haven Hospital followed by a fellowship in Cardiovascular Medicine at the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center. During his fellowship, Dr. Akar completed a PhD in Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics focusing on the study of electrical and structural remodeling in atrial fibrillation. He subsequently completed a fellowship in cardiac electrophysiology. Dr. Akar was Assistant Professor of Medicine at Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago. He remained on faculty there for 5 years and then joined Yale as Director of the Complex Ablation Program in Electrophysiology. Dr. Akar’s expertise is in clinical electrophysiology, and his research focuses on atrial fibrillation.

Education & Training

PhD University of Virginia (2004)
MD University of Pittsburgh (1995)
Fellow University of Virginia
Fellow University of Virginia
Resident Yale-New Haven Hospital
Board Certification AB of Internal Medicine, Cardiovascular Disease (2003)
Board Certification AB of Internal Medicine, Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology (2005)

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