Aaron Waxman, MD, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of the Center for Pulmonary Heart Diseases at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Heart and Vascular Center. He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School with appointments in the Division of Pulmonary Critical Care Medicine and Cardiovascular Medicine. He received a Bachelor’s degree from the George Washington University, a Ph.D. in anatomy and neuroscience from Albany Medical College, and his MD from Yale School of Medicine in 1992. While at Yale, Dr. Waxman was a research fellow in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Section of Molecular Neurobiology.
He completed his internship and residency in Internal Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital in 1994, and his fellowship training in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine at Yale University in 1997. He has served on the faculty at Yale School of Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine, and Harvard Medical School. He directed the Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program at Massachusetts General Hospital until 2009, when he became the Director of the Pulmonary Vascular Disease Program at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
His interests have focused on developing a translational center that integrates clinical and basic research and focuses on a better understanding of the pathogenesis of pulmonary vascular remodeling and the physiology of right ventricular adaptation to changes in the pulmonary vascular bed. A direct product of this program is the newly organized Dyspnea and Performance Evaluation Center at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital that is also under Dr. Waxman’s leadership. His academic interests include the role of inflammatory mediators in pulmonary vascular remodeling and right ventricular-pulmonary arterial coupling.