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Paul Heerdt, PhD, MD

Professor of Anesthesiology; Director of Applied Hemodynamics, Anesthesiology

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Paul Heerdt, PhD, MD



Paul M. Heerdt is a Professor of Anesthesiology at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Heerdt earned his MD from the University of Tennessee in 1982 followed by a PhD in cardiovascular pharmacology in 1985. He completed his residency in anesthesiology at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and then a fellowship in cardiothoracic anesthesia at Washington University in St. Louis, MO.

Following clinical training, Dr. Heerdt remained on the faculty at Washington University for several years before moving to Cornell University in 1992. At Cornell, he was a faculty member in the departments of Anesthesiology and Pharmacology and also maintained an appointment at Memorial Sloan Kettering Center. In 2016 Dr. Heerdt moved to Yale where he has been conducting clinical and basic science research with a particular emphasis on developing collaborative opportunities for residents, fellows, and junior faculty. He serves on several committees within the Yale School of Medicine and lectures in the medical student pharmacology curriculum. Outside of Yale, Dr. Heerdt is active in the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists and a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

Education & Training

  • Resident
    Massachusetts General Hospital (1988)
  • Fellow
    Washington University (1988)
  • PhD
    University of Tennessee, Pharmacology (1985)
  • Intern
    Blodgett Memorial Medical Center (1985)
  • MD
    University of Tennessee College of Medicine (1982)
  • BS
    Memphis State University (1978)


  • Board Certification
    AB of Anesthesiology, Anesthesiology (1990)

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