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Basmah Safdar, MD, FACEP

Professor of Emergency Medicine; Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs and Development, Emergency Medicine; Co-Chair, Chest Pain Center

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Basmah Safdar, MD, FACEP

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Basmah Safdar, M.D. is an internationally recognized scholar in sex and gender-specific research with a focus on microvascular health - in the heart, brain and now COVID-19. Funded by a diverse grant portfolio (NIH, CDC, Foundations and Investigator Initiated Industry awards) she has successfully conducted numerous clinical trials and translational research in emergency settings. She leads the Yale CMD (coronary microvascular dysfunction) Registry that intersects with a multi-disciplinary clinical program addressing the systemic nature of microvascular dysfunction including in COVID-19. Dr. Safdar also serves as Director of the Chest Pain Center and has formerly led the Women’s Heart Program at Yale New Haven Hospital. Dr. Safdar co-chaired the 2014, Society of Academic Emergency Medicine Consensus Conference on “Sex and Gender Specific Research – Investigate, Understand and Translate how Gender Affects Patient Outcomes”. She speaks regularly on this topic at regional and national forums. Lastly, Dr. Safdar is committed to advancement of women in medicine. Nationally, she recently completed a 3-year term as President of Academy for Women in Academy Emergency Medicine (AWAEM), a national organization for Emergency Medicine and used this platform to collate faculty development resources for early and mid-career women faculty in emergency medicine. She remains committed to teaching and provide research mentorship to undergraduates, medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty at Yale; and leads the faculty affairs, development and mentorship program for the department. Dr. Safdar is currently serving as a Fellow in the 2023-2024 Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM) Program, a prestigious leadership program committed to advancing a national pool of qualified women candidates for leadership in academic medicine.

Education & Training

  • MSc
    Harvard University, Cardiovascular Epidemiology (2013)
  • Resident
    Yale-New Haven Hospital (2004)
  • Chief Resident
    Yale New Haven Hospital (2004)
  • MD
    Aga Khan University (1999)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
The Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine® (ELAM®) program Drexel University2023
Women Executive Leaderhip ProgramImpact Center2022
AWAEM Midcareer AwardSociety of Academic Emergency Medicine2020
Momentum Leadership AwardAcademy for Women in Emergency Medicine2014
Best Clinical Science Research Award, Resident CategorySociety of Academic Emergency Medicine2005

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