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Forrester Lee, MD

Cardiovascular Medicine, Heart Failure
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Patient type treated
Accepting new patients
Referral required
From patients or physicians
Board Certified in
Internal Medicine and Cardiovascular Disease


Dr. Forrester (“Woody”) Lee, Professor of Medicine, earned Phi Beta Kappa and cum laude honors from Dartmouth College and Yale School of Medicine.  He completed residency training in Internal Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital where he was a Chief Resident.  He continued at Yale to complete a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine, joined the Yale faculty and was promoted to full professor.  Dr. Lee has served as Medical Director of the Yale-New Haven Cardiac Transplantation and Heart Failure Program and acting Chief of Cardiovascular Medicine.  He was the Associate Dean of the Office of Multicultural Affairs at Yale School of Medicine.  During his career Dr. Lee has published articles in the fields of heart failure, transplantation, methods of cardiac imaging and health disparities.  He has developed programs to increased diversity among students and faculty and to improve the opportunities for underrepresented minority students to pursue careers in biomedical science.  He is the principal investigator on major grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is co-author with James Pringle, A Noble and Independent Course, the Life of the Reverend Edward Mitchel, the first person of African descent to graduate from Dartmouth College and the Ivy League (Dartmouth Press, 2018).


  • Professor of Medicine (Cardiology)

Education & Training

  • Fellow
    Yale University School of Medicine (1985)
  • Chief Medical Resident
    Internal Medicine, Yale-New Haven Hospital (1983)
  • Resident
    Yale-New Haven Hospital (1982)
  • MD
    Yale University (1979)

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Additional Information

  • Yale Congestive Heart Failure
    Yale Physicians Building
    800 Howard Avenue, Ste 2nd Floor
    New Haven, CT, 06519