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Heidi V. Connolly, M.D.


Clinical Interests

Asthma; Critical Care; Sleep Medicine

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Administrative: (585) 275-8138

Office: (585) 340-8949

Fax: (585) 276-1128

URMFGA member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group

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Parents and children alike appreciate Heidi Connolly, M.D., for the compassionate and understanding care she provides. Dr. Connolly has a diverse knowledge of the field with over 15 years of experience in pediatrics. She also brings a natural ability to connect with children, an asset that is particularly important when children and their families face complex and long-standing medical problems.
Dr. Connolly's diverse training enables her to take a multi-faceted approach to helping families develop care plans that address the impact of medical conditions on their children's lives. Dr. Connolly received her bachelor's degree from Northwestern University followed by her medical degree in 1988 where she participated in the Honors Program in Medical Education. She then completed her residency in pediatrics at Children's Memorial Hospital in Chicago, IL, where she received the Resident Teacher of the Year Award and went on to become chief resident. Dr. Connolly completed fellowship training in pediatric critical care at the University of Chicago prior to joining the faculty at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. As a faculty member, Dr. Connolly pursued additional fellowship training in pediatric pulmonology and went on to train as a sleep medicine specialist.

Dr. Connolly is board certified in general pediatrics, pediatric critical care, pediatric pulmonology and sleep medicine. She is a member of the American Thoracic Society and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. She has expertise in sleep and breathing disorders that affect children with complex medical problems.


Dr. Connolly's interests have shifted toward sleep disorders in children. She currently has active research protocols investigating sleep disordered breathing in children with craniofacial abnormalities (ongoing), and the effects of adenotonsillectomy on sleep disordered breathing in obese children with obstructive sleep apnea (study closed with 250 children enrolled).



  • Pediatric Critical Care Medicine - American Board of Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Pulmonology - American Board of Pediatrics
  • Pediatrics - American Board of Pediatrics
  • Sleep Medicine - American Board of Pediatrics


BS | Northwestern University
Medical Education

MD | Northwestern University Medical School

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

07/01/1995 - 06/30/1999
Fellowship in Pediatric Pulmonology at Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong Memorial

07/01/1992 - 06/30/1995
Fellowship in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine at University of Chicago Hospitals

07/01/1989 - 06/30/1992
Residency in Pediatrics at Children's Memorial Medical Center

07/01/1988 - 06/30/1989
Internship in Pediatrics at Children's Memorial Medical Center

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2003 - Present
Elected member, Best Doctors in America

1997 - 1998
Edward Livingston Trudeau Scholar, American Lung Association

Best In-Training Abstract, American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Critical Care, New Orleans, LA.

1988 - 1989
Resident Teacher of the Year, Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL.

Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Citation for Scholastic Achievement, American Medical Women's Association

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Journal Articles

Carno, M.; Connolly, H.; Fagnano, M.; Forbes-Jones, E.; Halterman, J.; van Wijngaarden, E. "Sleep-Disordered Breathing and Behaviors of Inner-City Children With Asthma". Pediatrics. 2009; 124(1): 218-225.

Carno, MA.; Modrak, J.; Short, R.; Ellis, E.; Connolly, H.V. "Sleep Associated Gas Exchange Abnormalities in Children and Adolescents with Habitual Snoring Pediatric". Pulmonology. 2009; 44(4): 364-374.

Carno, MA.; Ellis, E.; Anson, E.; Kraus, R.; Black, J.; Short, R.; and Connolly, HV. "Sleep Apnea and Polysomnography as Predictors of Poor Quality of Life in Overweight Children and Adolescents." J Pediatr Psych. 2008; 33(3): 269-78.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Pleural Effusion
Book Title: Pediatric Clinical Advisor: Instant Diagnosis and Treatment
Author List: Connolly HV
Edited By: Garfunkel LC, Kaczorowski JM, Christy C
Published By: Mosby, Inc.2007 in St. Louis, MO

Chapter Title: Parasomnias
Book Title: Pediatric Clinical Advisor: Instant Diagnosis and Treatment
Author List: MA Carno, Connolly HV
Edited By: Garfunkel LC, Kaczorowski JM, Christy C
Published By: Mosby, Inc.2007 in St. Louis, MO

Chapter Title: Tricyclic antidepressant poisoning
Book Title: eMedicine: Pediatrics Web site
Author List: Maffei FA, Connolly HV.
Published By: emedicine.com2001 in Available at:




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