Linda J. Heffner, MD, PhD

Emeritus Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology



Dr. Linda Heffner MD is Emeritus Professor and Department Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center. After she earned a Ph.D. in physiology from Cornell University and an M.D. degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine she completed multiple fellowships in the field of Obstetrics, which sparked her passion for research and teaching. Dr. Heffner came to BUSM in 2003 after spending 18 years at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Heffner has won numerous awards for her teaching from Harvard and Boston University and has been named to Who’s Who in Medicine and Health Care. She has published various articles, textbooks, and reviews over the course of her career.


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, MD
  • Cornell University, PhD
  • Cornell University, MS
  • Bucknell University, BS


  • Published on 6/9/2017

    Hong X, Hao K, Ji H, Peng S, Sherwood B, Di Narzo A, Tsai HJ, Liu X, Burd I, Wang G, Ji Y, Caruso D, Mao G, Bartell TR, Zhang Z, Pearson C, Heffner L, Cerda S, Beaty TH, Fallin MD, Lee-Parritz A, Zuckerman B, Weeks DE, Wang X. Genome-wide approach identifies a novel gene-maternal pre-pregnancy BMI interaction on preterm birth. Nat Commun. 2017 06 09; 8:15608. PMID: 28598419.

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  • Published on 3/16/2017

    Okeigwe I, Wang C, Politch JA, Heffner LJ, Kuohung W. Physician-scientists in obstetrics and gynecology: predictors of success in obtaining independent research funding. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Jul; 217(1):84.e1-84.e8. PMID: 28315665.

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  • Published on 4/30/2014

    Parker MG, Ouyang F, Pearson C, Gillman MW, Belfort MB, Hong X, Wang G, Heffner L, Zuckerman B, Wang X. Prepregnancy body mass index and risk of preterm birth: association heterogeneity by preterm subgroups. BMC Pregnancy Childbirth. 2014; 14:153. PMID: 24779674.

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  • Published on 7/11/2013

    Yu Y, Zhang S, Wang G, Hong X, Mallow EB, Walker SO, Pearson C, Heffner L, Zuckerman B, Wang X. The combined association of psychosocial stress and chronic hypertension with preeclampsia. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2013 Nov; 209(5):438.e1-438.e12. PMID: 23850528.

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  • Published on 1/1/2013

    Li S, Rosenberg L, Palmer JR, Phillips GS, Heffner LJ, Wise LA. Central adiposity and other anthropometric factors in relation to risk of macrosomia in an African American population. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2013 Jan; 21(1):178-84. PMID: 23505184.

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  • Published on 8/15/2012

    Pecci CC, Mottl-Santiago J, Culpepper L, Heffner L, McMahan T, Lee-Parritz A. The birth of a collaborative model: obstetricians, midwives, and family physicians. Obstet Gynecol Clin North Am. 2012 Sep; 39(3):323-34. PMID: 22963692.

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  • Published on 11/1/2011

    Tsai HJ, Hong X, Chen J, Liu X, Pearson C, Ortiz K, Hirsch E, Heffner L, Weeks DE, Zuckerman B, Wang X. Role of African ancestry and gene-environment interactions in predicting preterm birth. Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Nov; 118(5):1081-9. PMID: 22015876.

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  • Published on 3/22/2011

    Iverson RE, Heffner LJ. Patient safety series: obstetric safety improvement and its reflection in reserved claims. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Nov; 205(5):398-401. PMID: 21531371.

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  • Published on 3/1/2011

    Riley LE, Celi AC, Onderdonk AB, Roberts DJ, Johnson LC, Tsen LC, Leffert L, Pian-Smith MC, Heffner LJ, Haas ST, Lieberman ES. Association of epidural-related fever and noninfectious inflammation in term labor. Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Mar; 117(3):588-95. PMID: 21343762.

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  • Published on 3/1/2010

    Wise LA, Palmer JR, Heffner LJ, Rosenberg L. Prepregnancy body size, gestational weight gain, and risk of preterm birth in African-American women. Epidemiology. 2010 Mar; 21(2):243-52. PMID: 20124904.

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