Basmah Safdar MD, FACEP

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine; Co-Chair, Chest Pain Center

Biographical Info

Dr. Safdar serves as the Director of the Yale New Haven Hospital Chest Pain Center. Her research interests include women’s health, in particular disparities in cardiovascular health and unexplained chest pain in a multidimensional model in the Emergency Department. Her 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. In addition to research, Dr. Safdar supervises the cardiovascular curriculum for Yale EM residency program and is actively involved in medical student education. She is also appointed as Fellow in Yale Branford College and serves as an advisor for the undergraduates.

As Co-Chair of the Heart and Vascular Chest Pain Center, Dr. Safdar has developed several hospital wide protocols in conjunction with Cardiology for the implementation of evidence-based management of acute coronary syndromes. Dr. Safdar will oversee the development and strategic planning of these policies and protocols, for budget planning and for establishing quality indicators and providing feedback. As Director of the ED Chest Pain Unit, she has developed new models of care to improve the efficiency of the Chest Pain Center including streamlined protocols, CQI process and an interdisciplinary database to track outcome measures. Dr. Safdar is a vocal champion of women’s health having served as Director of Yale Women’s Heart Program 2008-2013. Through this program, she led regional efforts in improving knowledge of women about heart disease in the community and providers.

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.


Education & Training

M.D.
Aga Khan University, Pakistan (1999)
M.Sc.
Harvard University (2013)
Resident
Yale-New Haven Hospital, Emergency Medicine
Chief Resident
Yale New Haven Hospital, Emergency Medicine (2003 - 2004)
Board Certification
Emergency Medicine, Board Certified  (2005)

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