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Heather L. Lander, M.D.
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About Me

Dr. Heather Lander is a board-certified Anesthesiologist and has certification in advanced perioperative echocardiography (Advanced PTEeXAM) through the National Board of Echocardiography. Dr. Lander is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the Uni...
Dr. Heather Lander is a board-certified Anesthesiologist and has certification in advanced perioperative echocardiography (Advanced PTEeXAM) through the National Board of Echocardiography. Dr. Lander is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and the Associate Director of Academic Practice at the Center for Perioperative Medicine.

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.

Certified Specialties

Anesthesiology - American Board of Anesthesiology

Faculty Appointments

Associate 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


Journal Articles

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.

Anesthetic Management and Considerations for Electrophysiology Procedures

Gu Y, Lander HL, Abozaid R, Chang FM, Clifford HS, Aktas MK, Lebow BF, Panda K,.

Adv Anesth. 2022; 40(1): 131-147.

Systolic Nonclosure of the Mitral Valve: Two Left Ventricular Assist Device Patients with Pan-Cardiac Cycle Mitral Valve Opening During Shock States

Bral DO, Wyrobek J, Lander H, Panda K, Schwarz K.

J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2022; S1053-0770(22): 00706-6.

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