Basmah Safdar, MD, FACEP

Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine, Yale School of Medicine

Dr. Safdar serves as the Director of the Yale New Haven Hospital Chest Pain Center and Yale New Haven Hospital Women’s Heart Program. Her research interests include women’s health, in particular disparities in cardiovascular health and unexplained chest pain in a multidimensional model in the Emergency Department. Her current work focuses on understanding the role of endothelial reactivity and microvessel disease in the unexplained chest pain. Dr. Safdar also served as the site PI for a MIDAS (Myeloperoxidase in the Diagnosis of Acute Coronary Syndrome) study involving ED patients. She has presented her work on perception of ED patients regarding CHD risk factors at regional and national forums. Dr. Safdar has won the Best Clinical Science Research Award 2005 for resident category by Society of Academic Emergency Medicine (SAEM). Dr. Safdar was the site PI for a PEMI (Pain and Emergency Medicine Initiative) study, a 20 center clinical epidemiological and outcome study of patients presenting with pain to the ED. She serves on the PEMI interest group at SAEM and is on the Editorial Board of EM Painline, a web based resource aimed at providing EM researchers and clinicians with information to improve EM pain-related research and practice.

As Co-Chair of the Heart and Vascular Chest Pain Center, Dr. Safdar has developed several hospital wide protocols in conjunction with Cardiology for the implementation of evidence based management of acute coronary syndromes. Dr. Safdar will oversee the development and strategic planning of these policies and protocols, for budget planning and for establishing quality indicators and providing feedback to member of the CPC committee and administrative teams through the hospital. In addition, in liaison with nuclear cardiology leadership, Dr. Safdar has started several initiatives to improve the efficiency of the CPC including developing admission policies, procedural protocols, CQI process and a interdisciplinary large database to evaluate outcome measures.

The Women’s Heart Program is a YNHH community awareness program that aims to improve knowledge of women about heart disease. At a Regional level, Dr. Safdar serves on the Connecticut DPH Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Committee. In addition to research, Dr. Safdar supervises the cardiovascular curriculum for Yale EM residency program and is actively involved in medical student education.