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Basmah Safdar, MD, FACEP

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

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Basmah Safdar, MD, FACEP

Patient Care Locations

Mailing Address

  • 464 Congress Avenue,

    New Haven, CT, 06519

    United States



Dr. Safdar serves as the Director of the Yale New Haven Hospital Chest Pain Center. She is a nationally recognized scholar in sex and gender-specific research with a focus on cardiovascular health in emergency care. Her current research focuses on microvascular disease in a multi-system model. Dr. Safdar has been the recipient of federal and industry funding to conduct investigations on the physiology of unexplained chest pain and how it relates to patient sex. She leads the Yale CMD (coronary microvascular dysfunction) Registry that intersects with a multi-disciplinary clinical program addressing the systemic nature of microvascular dysfunction. 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. In 2014, she successfully co-chaired the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine Consensus Conference on “Sex and Gender Specific Research – Investigate, Understand and Translate how Gender Affects Patient Outcomes”. This national conference brought leaders in academic Emergency Medicine and other specialties to put forth a blue print to create a research agenda for the specialty for the next decade. Lastly, Dr. Safdar is passionate about advancing women in medicine. She recently served as President of Academy for Women in Academic Emergency Medicine (AWAEM) and used this platform to collate faculty development resources for mid-career women faculty in emergency medicine. She has mentored several undergraduates, medical students, residents and faculty.  She currently serves as Fellow at Yale Branford College.

Education & Training

  • MSc
    Harvard University, Cardiovascular Epidemiology (2013)
  • MD
    Aga Khan University, Pakistan (1999)
  • Resident
    Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Chief Resident
    Yale New Haven Hospital
  • Board Certification
    AB of Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine (2005, recertified: 2016)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Leadership AwardAcademy for Women in Emergency Medicine2014
Best Clinical Science Research Award, Resident CategorySociety of Academic Emergency Medicine2005

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