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Joseph Akar, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology); Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology Program, Internal Medicine; Academic Director of Electrophysiology; Director, Cardiac Electrophysiology Laboratory; Director, Complex Ablation Program

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Joseph Akar, MD, PhD

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Joseph G Akar, MD, PhD is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Section of Cardiology at the Yale School of Medicine and director of the Electrophysiology Laboratory at Yale New Haven Hospital. 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, recertified: 2013)

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