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Jill Zafar

Associate Professor of Anesthesiology; Clinical Chair of Anesthesiology, Bridgeport Hospital, Anesthesiology; Director, Pre-Surgical Evaluation Center, Anesthesiology

Contact Information

Jill Zafar, MD, MBA, FASA

Patient Care Locations

Mailing Address

  • Anesthesiology

    PO Box 208051

    New Haven, CT 06520-8051

    United States



Jill Zafar, MD MBA is the inaugural Clinical Chair of Anesthesiology at Bridgeport Hospital. During her time at Yale she had had many leadership roles, including Medical Director of Pre-Surgical Evaluation and Interim Section Chief of Ambulatory Anesthesia. She is an experienced anesthesiologist, collaborative leader and change agent. Dr. Zafar has been instrumental in transitioning the anesthesia department and surgical services at Bridgeport Hospital as well as developing many innovative perioperative guidelines.

Prior to joining Yale in 2014, Dr. Zafar was on the faculty at Roswell Park Cancer Institute as an Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology and the Director of the Anesthesia Perioperative Evaluation Center. She graduated from University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2004 and completed her Anesthesiology residency at the University at Buffalo in 2008 as Chief Resident.

Dr. Jill Zafar’s area of expertise is in preoperative optimization. She holds the position of Director of Pre-Surgical Evaluation for the Yale New Haven Health system. She also has a strong interest in sponsoring and mentoring women physicians and is the Yale Department of Anesthesiology liaison for the Committee on the Status of Women in Medicine (SWIM).

Education & Training

  • MBA
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst (2022)
  • Chief Resident
    University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • Residency
    State University of New York-Buffalo (2008)
  • MD
    SUNY at Buffalo School of Medicine (2004)
  • BS
    State University of New York at Geneseo, Biochemistry (1999)

Professional Service

Yale University School of Medicine
Yale University School of MedicineSail Through Surgery: An Anesthesiologist's Guide, April 2018. New Haven, CT
Yale University School of MedicineInterviewed for article: "Having Surgery? What to Ask Your Anesthesiologist."

Departments & Organizations