Linda Kathryn Bockenstedt, MD

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

Departments & Organizations

Internal Medicine: Rheumatology: Rheumatic Diseases Research Core | Rheumatology, Allergy, & Clinical Immunology | Yale Core Center for Musculoskeletal Disorders

Faculty Affairs


Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research


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.

Education & Training

MD Ohio State University (1981)
AB Harvard University, Chemistry & Physics (1977)
Fellow University of California, San Francisco
Chief Resident Yale-New Haven Hospital
Resident Yale-New Haven Hospital
Board Certification AB of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (1985)
Board Certification AB of Internal Medicine, Rheumatology (1988)

Honors & Recognition

  • Elected Member, CT Academy for Science & EngineeringCT Academy for Science & Engineering (2012)

  • Best Doctors in AmericaBest Doctors (2010)

  • Top Doctors, Internal Medicine & RheumatologyConnecticut Magazine (2009)

  • MemberThe Interurban Clinical Club (2007)

  • MemberThe Henry Kunkel Society (2006)

  • The Harold W. Jockers ProfessorshipYale University School of Medicine (2006)

  • Sir William Osler Young Investigator AwardThe Interurban Clinical Club (2000)

  • The Harold W. Jockers Assistant/Associate ProfessorshipYale University (1995)

  • The Howard M. Spiro Young Faculty Teaching AwardYale School of Medicine (1994)

  • Westinghouse Science Talent Search Scholarship Westinghouse Science Talent Search (1974)

Professional Service

  • Women's Faculty Forum (2006 - 2014) Council

  • Immunity & Host Defense (2005 - 2009) NIH/NIAID Study Section

  • American College of Rheumatology Research & Education Foundation (2003 - 2006) Board of Directors

  • Arthritis Foundation, Northern & Southern New England Chapter (2003 - 2010) Board of Directors


  • 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"

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Contact Info

Linda Kathryn Bockenstedt, MD
Patient Care Locations
Yale Rheumatology6 Devine Street, Ste Suite 2B
North Haven, CT 06473
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Yale RheumatologyYale New Haven Hospital
20 York Street

New Haven, CT 06510
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Lab Location
The Anlyan Center
300 Cedar Street, Ste Suite S520

New Haven, CT 06519
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Office Location
The Anlyan Center
300 Cedar Street, Ste S525C

New Haven, CT 06519
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Mailing Address
RheumatologyPO Box 208031
300 Cedar Street, TAC Bldg.

New Haven, CT 06520-8031