Heather L. Lander, M.D.
She is integrally involved in Geriatric Perioperative Excellence and committed to efforts around Age-Friendly Health Systems and the Geriatric Surgical Verification Program. She also was the recent recipient of the prestigious URMFG Health Innovations Grant for her project "The PROMIS of an Equitable, Innovative, Geriatric Perioperative Surgical Home." This interdisciplinary project focuses on creating and implementing a geriatric perioperative surgical home that will utilize provider and patient reported geriatric assessments to deliver targeted education, optimization, and risk discussions in older surgical patients. She is devoted to elevating the care of our aging surgical patients to ensure every older surgical patient receives high-quality, evidence-based care.
She is a member of the URMC medical school, residency, and fellowship selection committees, the Age Friendly Health System Work Group, and was the recipient of a competitive geriatric education grant from the Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program. She was also selected as a WEL scholar (Wellness through Equity and Leadership) with the support of the American Medical Women’s Association, which is an 18-month intensive program with fifty fellow women physicians across the country. Most recently she was selected as the 2024 Perioperative Fellow by the Society for Perioperative Assessment and Quality Improvement (SPAQI).
Dr. Lander was born and raised in Narrowsburg, New York and attended Villanova University with a dual major in Biology and Honors. She then attended medical school at Stony Brook University and completed her residency in Anesthesiology and fellowship in Cardiothoracic Anesthesiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.
Anesthesiology - American Board of Anesthesiology
Assistant Professor - Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine (SMD)
Residency & Fellowship
Fellowship, Cardiac Anesthesia, Brigham & Womens Hospital. 2017 - 2018
Residency, Anesthesiology, Brigham & Womens Hospital. 2014 - 2017
Internship, Anesthesiology, Brigham & Womens Hospital. 2013 - 2014
MD | State University of NY at Stony Brook School of Medicine. 2013
Division of Geriatrics and Aging Subspecialty Excellence Award. 2023
University of Rochester Medical Center Board of Excellence Award Age-Friendly Health System Workgroup Member, Rochester, NY. 2023
Valor Coaching Scholarship Recipient. 2022
University of Rochester Medical Center Board of Excellence Award, Member of the Perioperative LVAD ERAS Team. 2021
WEL Scholar: Wellness, Equity, Leadership – Exclusive, 18-month national scholarship. 2021 - 2022
Geriatric Faculty Scholar. 2020 - 2021
Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists Fellow Research Travel Grant Award. 2018
"Strong Star" Recipient. 2018
Brigham and Women's Hospital Department of Anesthesiology Distinguished Resident Award. 2017
ABA Basic Examination Top 10th Percentile Performance. 2015
Stony Brook School of Medicine Academic, Merit Award. 2010
The John M. McClain Biology Medallion for highest GPA in biology major. 2009
The Leonardo da Vinci Honors Medallion for highest GPA in honors program. 2009
The Lawrence C. Gallen Award for academic performance and service. 2009
Sullivan West High School Valedictorian. 2005
Preoperative Optimization in the Pediatric Patient
Gloff M. MD, Robinson R. DNP, FNP, RN, Correll L. MD, PhD, Lander. H MD, Pyne S. MD, Webber, A. MD.
International Anesthesiology Clinics. 2022; 60(1): 56-63.
Association Between the COVID-19 Pandemic and Insurance-Based Disparities in Mortality After Major Surgery Among US Adults
Glance LG, Dick AW, Shippey E, McCormick PJ, Dutton R, Stone PW, Shang J, Lustik SJ, Lander HL, Gosev I, Joynt Maddox KE.
JAMA Netw Open. 2022; 5(7): e2222360.
Gosev, I; Wood, K; Ayers, B; Lander, H; et al.
Implantation of a fully magnetically levitated left ventricular
Comparison of Sex-Based Differences in Home or Nonhome Discharge Utilization of Rehabilitation Services and Outcomes Following Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation in the United States
Shah, RM Hirji SA, Jolissaint JS, Lander, HL, Shah PB, Pelletier MP, Sobieszczyk PS, Berry NC, Shook DC, Nyman CB, Bhatt DL, Body Sm Kaneko T.
Am J Cardiology. 2019; 123(12): 1983-1991.
A Pragmatic Preoperative Prediction Score for Non-Home Discharge after Cardiac Surgery.
Stuebe, J. PT. DPT*; Rydingsward J. PT, DPT*; Lander, H. MD*; Kaneko, T. MD; Shekar, P.; Muehlschlegel, J. MD, MMSc; Body, S. MBChB.
The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2017; .
Vancomycin Paste does not reduce the Incidence of Deep Sternal Wound Infection after Cardiac Surgery.
Lander H. MD, Ejiofer J. MD, McGurk S. MS, Tsuyoshi K. MD, Shekar P. MD, Body S. MBChB, MPH, FAHA.
The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. 2017; 103(2): 497-503.
Anesthesiology: An Essential Review for the Oral Boards (2017)
Chapter: Anesthesia Considerations for Patients with Valvular Heart Disease
Authors: Lander H. MD Zammert M. MD
Publisher: Springer International Publishing 2017
Best Practice & Research: Clinical Anaesthesiology (2016)
Chapter: Anticoagulation Management during Cross-Clamping and Bypass
Authors: Lander H. MD Fitzgerald D. Zammert M. MD
Publisher: Elsevier 2016