Linda Bockenstedt, MD

Harold W. Jockers Professor of Medicine, Deputy Dean for Faculty Affairs

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Years active at Yale: 1989 - present

Dr. Bockenstedt is being recognized for excellence in clinical medicine and for promoting diversity and equality at YSM. 

Dr. Bockenstedt received her undergraduate degree in chemistry and physics from Harvard College and her medical degree from the Ohio State University School of Medicine. After her residency in medicine at Yale, she completed clinical and research fellowships in rheumatology at the University of California, San Francisco. She returned to Yale as a faculty member in 1989, became assistant professor in 1991, and served as director of the Section of Rheumatology Training Program in Investigative Rheumatology from 1995-2004, leading it through its last ACGME accreditation in 2004. Dr. Bockenstedt leads a research program focused on the immunopathogenesis of tick-borne diseases with rheumatologic relevance, especially Lyme disease. She has mentored postdoctoral and medical trainees and gained international recognition for her studies of the host response to spirochetal infections. Her current research employs a systems biology approach to understand the diverse clinical manifestations of Lyme disease, and uses molecular profiling to identify host factors that underlie the divergent outcomes from this infection. For her teaching and clinical excellence, she was awarded the Howard M. Spiro Young Faculty Teaching Award and has continually been on the Best Doctors list since 2002. She is also a recipient of the Sir William Osler Young Investigator Award. She presently serves as co-chair, representing the American College of Rheumatology, of the Trisocieties’ (American College of Rheumatology, Infectious Diseases Society of America and American Academy of Neurology) effort to updates guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease. 

Dr. Bockenstedt is a Fellow member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and an elected member of the Connecticut Academy of Science and Engineering. In 2006, she was named director for professional development and equity at YSM. In 2014, she was appointed associate dean for faculty development and diversity and chaired the YSM Ad Hoc Task Force on Gender Equity. In 2017, she became deputy dean for faculty affairs, where she is working to improve climate and support for the advancement of all faculty.