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Carmen Yolanda Pagan, MD

Assistant Professor; Assistant Clinical Professor, Internal Medicine (Rheumatology); Director of Tele Rheumatology, Medicine

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Carmen Yolanda Pagan, MD



Dr. Pagan obtained her MD at the Universidad Central del Caribe in Puerto Rico. She completed her residency at the VA Caribbean Health System and rheumatology fellowship at Jackson Memorial Medical Center. Dr. Pagan is an attending physician at the VA Hospital in West Haven. She joined the Section of Rheumatology in July of 2016 and is an Assistant Clinical Professor.

Education & Training

  • MD
    Jackson Memorial Medical Center, Rheumatology fellowship (1999)
  • Rheumatology Fellow
    Jackson Memorial Medical Center (1999)
  • MD
    VA Caribbean HC System, Internal Medicine (1996)
  • Internal Medicine Resident
    VA Caribbean HC System (1996)
  • MD
    Universidad Central del Caribe School of Medicine (1993)
  • BS
    Universidad de Puerto Rico, Biology (1989)


  • Board Certification
    ABIM, Rheumatology (2022)
  • Board Certification
    ABIM, Internal Medicine (2018)


  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
    Guaynabo, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico 2016
    Medical Staff and Nursing Healthcare Annual Conference
  • Diagnosis and Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis
    San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico 2015
    Annual Meeting
  • Rheumatic Diseases
    San Juan, San Juan, Puerto Rico 2014
    Annual Meeting
  • Diagnosis and Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis
    Guaynabo, Guaynabo, Puerto Rico 2013
    Medical Staff and Nursing HC Annual Conference
  • Osteoporosis
    Bayamón, Bayamón, Puerto Rico 2012
    Osteoporosis Workshop

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Award of Appreciation for Devoted Teaching and MentoringRheumatology Fellows Yale School of Medicine2021
Doctor's Choice Award2015
Doctor's Choice Award2014
Doctor's Choice Award2010
Puerto Rico House of Representatives Recognition Award for Professional Excellence2005

Professional Service

Ultrasound School of North American Rheumatologists (USSONAR) Member2022 - Present
Latinas in Academia Group (LaRa) Member2022 - Present
VA CT Healthcare Systems VISN-1 OPPE for RheumatologyReviewer2022 - Present
VA Rheumatology Consortium (VARC)Member2021 - Present
VA CT Healthcare Systems DEI CommitteeCommittee Member2021 - Present
Yale Rheumatology Program Evaluation Committee Committee Member2021 - Present
Fundación Puertorriqueña de Enfermedades Reumáticas (FER)Advisor2010 - Present
Board of Directors, Caribbean Preparatory SchoolSecretary2007 - 2008
Puerto Rico Association of RheumatologyPresident2007 - 2008
Board of Directors, Caribbean Preparatory SchoolChair of Leadership Committee2006 - 2008
Board of Directors, Caribbean Preparatory SchoolMember2006 - 2008
Puerto Rico Association of RheumatologyVice President2006 - 2007
Clinica Las Americas De Guaynabo, Clinica La Americas de GuaynaboBoard of Directors2005 - 2014
Puerto Rico Association of RheumatologyOfficer2005 - 2006
American College of RheumatologyMember1999 - Present

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