Linda Kathryn Bockenstedt MD

Harold W. Jockers Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology); Associate Dean, Faculty Development and Diversity

Biographical Info

Dr. Linda Bockenstedt is the Harold W. Jockers Professor of Medicine, Section of Rheumatology, and Director for Professional Development & Equity at Yale School of Medicine. She received her undergraduate degree in chemistry and physics from Harvard College and is a graduate of the Ohio State University School of Medicine. After completing residency training in medicine and serving as Chief Resident in Medicine at Yale, Dr. Bockenstedt obtained rheumatology clinical and research fellowship training at the University of California, San Francisco. She returned to Yale as a faculty member in 1989 where she teaches postdoctoral and medical trainees in the clinical and laboratory arenas and directs a research program devoted toward understanding the pathogenesis of Lyme disease, an infection-related rheumatic disease. Her research has been continually supported by the National Institutes of Health since 1990, and she is internationally recognized for her studies of the host immune response to spirochetal infection. Dr. Bockenstedt is a Fellow member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an elected member of the Kunkel Society and the Interurban Clinical Club. She is a former standing member of the Immunity and Host Defense Study Section at NIH and former member of the Board of Directors for the American College of Rheumatology Research & Education Foundation. In 2006, she was named Director for Professional Development & Equity at Yale School of Medicine, a newly created position designed to advance faculty development and diversity.

International Activity

  • ICLB2013
    United States(2013)
    Co-Chair, Internatlonal Conference on Lyme Borreliosis and Other Tick-Borne Diseases August 18-21, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Multiphoton imaging of the in vivo effects of antibiotics on Borrelia burgdorferi in mice
    Ljubljana, Slovenia(2010)
    12th International Conference on Lyme Borreliosis and other Tick-Borne Diseases: Invited Plenary Speaker
  • Real-time imaging of vector-borne murine Lyme borreliosis
    Sofia, Bulgaria(2009)
    Plenary lecture by NIH/NIAID invitation, NIAID-sponsored "Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases in Central and Eastern Europe"

Education & Training

Harvard University (1977)
Ohio State University (1981)
Yale-New Haven Hospital, Internal Medicine (1981 - 1984)
Chief Resident
Yale-New Haven Hospital, Internal Medicine (1984 - 1985)
University of California, San Francisco, Rheumatology (1985 - 1989)
Board Certification
Internal Medicine, Board Certified  (1985)
Board Certification
Rheumatology, Board Certified  (1988)

Honors & Recognition

  • Westinghouse Science Talent Search Scholarship
    Westinghouse Science Talent Search (1974)
  • The Howard M. Spiro Young Faculty Teaching Award
    Yale School of Medicine (1994)
  • The Harold W. Jockers Assistant/Associate Professorship
    Yale University (1995)
  • Sir William Osler Young Investigator Award
    The Interurban Clinical Club (2000)
  • Member
    The Interurban Clinical Club (2007)
  • Member
    The Henry Kunkel Society (2006)
  • The Harold W. Jockers Professorship
    Yale University School of Medicine (2006)
  • Top Doctors, Internal Medicine & Rheumatology
    Connecticut Magazine (2009)
  • Best Doctors in America
    Best Doctors (2010)
  • Elected Member, CT Academy for Science & Engineering
    CT Academy for Science & Engineering (2012)

Professional Service

  • Member, American College of Rheumatology Research & Education Foundation (10/01/2003 - 10/01/2006)
  • Member, Immunity & Host Defense (07/01/2005 - 07/01/2009)
  • Member, Arthritis Foundation, Northern & Southern New England Chapter (07/01/2003 - 12/31/2010)

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