Robert Elder, MD

Associate Professor Term; Director, Adult Congenital Heart Program; Director Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program, Pediatric Cardiology

Departments & Organizations

Pediatrics: Pediatric Cardiology: Adult Congenital Heart Program; Pediatric Echocardiogram Program

Internal Medicine: Cardiovascular Medicine: Adult Congenital Heart Program; Heart Failure Program

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research


Dr. Elder cares for patients with congenital heart disease across the lifespan, from birth though adulthood, and joined the Yale faculty in 2013 as a member of the Department of Pediatrics as well as the Department of Medicine to help further grow the Yale Adult Congenital Heart Program. After completing a combined residency in internal medicine and pediatrics at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, he graduated from pediatric cardiology fellowship at Columbia University Medical Center. He spent an additional year of training at Emory University focused on the management of adults with congenital heart disease and currently is one of a small handful of physicians in the entire country board certified in Adult Congenital Heart Disease.

Dr. Elder has expertise in congenital cardiac imaging, including transthoracic and transesophageal echocardiography. His research interests include long-term outcomes of adult survivors and specifically Fontan patients, with particular focus on the effects of Fontan circulation on the liver. He is interested in medical education and serves as the Co-Director of the Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program.

Education & Training

MD University of Connecticut School of Medicine (2005)
Advanced Fellowship Emory School of Medicine
Fellowship Columbia University Medical Center
Residency University of Pittsburg Medical Center
Internship University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Board Certification AB of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (2009)
Board Certification AB of Pediatrics, Pediatrics (2009, recertified: 2017)
Board Certification AB of Pediatrics, Pediatric Cardiology (2012)
Board Certification AB of Internal Medicine, Adult Congenital Heart Disease (2015, recertified: 2018)

Honors & Recognition

  • Mae Gailani Award for Outstanding Clinical Care & ResearchDepartment of Pediatrics (2017)

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Contact Info

Robert Elder, MD
Patient Care Locations
Yale Adult Congenital Heart ProgramYale Physicians Building
800 Howard Avenue, Ste 2nd Floor

New Haven, CT 06519
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Yale Pediatric CardiologyYale New Haven Children's Hospital
1 Park Street, Ste West Pavilion, 2nd floor

New Haven, CT 06504
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Mailing Address
Pediatric CardiologyPO Box 208064
New Haven, CT 06520-8064