Robert McNamara, MD, MHS

Associate Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Research Departments & Organizations

Internal Medicine: Cardiovascular Medicine

Yale Institute for Global Health

Research Interests

Atrial Fibrillation; Cardiology; Cardiovascular Diseases; Echocardiography; Electronic Health Records; Global Health; International Cooperation; Myocardial Infarction

Research Summary

My research has centered on evaluating the use of evidence-based medicine on the diagnosis and management of patients with cardiovascular disease. I have sought to identify areas in clinical medicine with significant variation in care, use various methodologies to obtain and analyze the different strategies and outcomes, and provide a sound base of evidence on which to recommend clinical decisions. The methodologies include primary data collection, secondary data analysis, synthesis of results of various studies into clinically useful forms such as meta-analyses and cost-effectiveness analysis, qualitative studies, establishing clinical practice guidelines and data standards, and promoting quality assurance and improvement.

Specialized Terms: Cardiovascular outcomes; International comparisons; Large registries; Global health;

Extensive Research Description

Current projects include evaluating differences in the treatment and outcome of patients with myocardial infarction among different countries, designing ways to evaluate hospital performance in treating patients with acute myocardial infarction through use of the electronic health record, and establishing quality performance standards for noninvasive cardiac imaging.


  • Hypertension control in primary care clinics in Bani, Dominican Republic Baní, Dominican Republic (2018 - 2018)

    Cluster randomized clinical trial of education and site visits versus education alone for improved hypertension management in primary care clinics in rural Dominican Republic

  • Cardiovascular Center of Excellence Accreditation Dallas, United States (2016)

    American Heart Association and the Joint Commission hospital accreditation for cardiovascular services

  • China Peace Project Beijing, China (2015)

    Comparing care and outcomes for patients with Acute Myocardial Infarction or Percutaneous Coronary Artery Disease in China and The US

  • Fundación Sante Fe de Bogota - Yale Collaboration Bogotá, Colombia (2015)

    Teaching and research

  • Rwanda Human Resources for Health Program Kigali, Rwanda (2013 - 2013)

    Assist in developing cardiology curriculum for Rwandan physicians in training

  • International Consortium for Healthcare Outcomes (ICHOM), Coronary Artery Disease Working Group Cambridge, United States (2013)

    Group dedicated to establishing and implementing international standards for data collection in order to compare outcomes.

  • Acute Coronary Syndromes London, United Kingdom (2009)

    Collaborative research in clinical epidemiology and outcomes of patients after acute myocardial infarction and of patients with angina

  • Russia-US Teaching Collaboration Saint Petersburg, Russia (2006)


Selected Publications

See list of PubMed publications

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Contact Info

Robert McNamara, MD, MHS
Office Location
Cardiology OfficesDana Clinic Building
789 Howard Avenue, Ste 320

New Haven, CT 06519
Mailing Address
Cardiovascular MedicinePO Box 208017
333 Cedar Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8017