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Robert Elder, MD

Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Cardiology) and Internal Medicine (Cardiology); Director, Adult Congenital Heart Program; Director Pediatric Cardiology Fellowship Program, Pediatric Cardiology

I am a clinician-educator and a cardiologist with an interest caring for individuals who were born with congenital heart disease. As a med-peds trained physician, I care for patients across the age spectrum, and work with adults as well as children with congenital heart issues. I am a native Connecticut son, but have moved around for my medical training spending time in Pittsburgh, New York City, and Atlanta before starting my career at Yale a decade ago. Currently, I am an associate professor at Yale with a footprint both in pediatrics and internal medicine, and am the director of the Yale Adult Congenital Heart Disease Program.

I am passionate about medical education at all levels. I am the fellowship director for pediatric cardiology, but I particularly enjoy working with and mentoring medical students as they discover the wonder and beauty of clinical medicine. I have been involved with the Medical Coach Experience (MCE) course for the last seven years and look forward to the opportunity to be a longitudinal “coach” and mentor students as they begin their medical journey at the Yale School of Medicine.

In my free time, I enjoy travel and spending time with my two young boys, which keeps me active. I recently spent time in London for my sabbatical and love to travel when I can. In addition to English, I am fluent in Spanish and love to use my conversational skills. I am an avid reader, fitness enthusiast, NPR nerd, and lover of good quality coffee and bourbon.