Liana Fraenkel, MD, MPH

Professor Adjunct

Departments & Organizations

Internal Medicine: Rheumatology | Rheumatology, Allergy, & Immunology: Rheumatology

Dean's Advisory Council for LGBTQI Affairs: Directories: Research Interest

Office of Cooperative Research


Dr. Fraenkel’s research interests lie in applying scientifically rigorous approaches to better understand and improve both patient and physician decision making. Her efforts have resulted in a series of papers describing the use and value of conjoint analysis to ascertain patient treatment preferences across a range of sociodemographic groups and diseases, and customization of the original software program to improve use with patients. Dr. Fraenkel’s work has also led to new insights into decision making which have important clinical implications. For example, using conjoint analysis, she has demonstrated that rheumatoid arthritis patient preferences for more aggressive treatment with disease modifying antirheumatic drugs differ by race, with Black patients preferring less aggressive treatment compared to White patients with similar disease severity. These results may help explain the disparity in utilization of newer riskier drugs in minority patients. Dr. Fraenkel has also developed decision support tools, based on Fuzzy Trace theory, for patients facing decision involving medications with significant risks of toxicity.

Fraenkel L, Matzko CK,Webb DE, Oppermann B, Charpentier P, Peters E, Reyna V, Newman ED. Use of decision support for improved knowledge, values clarification, and informed choice in patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Care Res 2015;67:1496-1502.

Fraenkel L, Peters, E, Tyra S, Oelberg D. Shared medical decision making in lung cancer screening: Experienced versus descriptive risk formats. Med Decis Making 2016;36:518-25.

Jiang C, Fraenkel L. The Influence of Varying Cost Formats on Decision Making. Med Decis Making 2017;37:17-26.

Education & Training

MPH Boston University (1997)
MD McGill University (1990)
BS McGill University (1986)
Fellow Boston University

Honors & Recognition

  • ACR Henry Kunkel Young Investigator AwardAmerican College of Rheumatology (2009)

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Contact Info

Liana Fraenkel, MD, MPH
Office Location
VA Connecticut Healthcare
950 Campbell Avenue

West Haven, CT 06516
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Mailing Address
RheumatologyPO Box 208031
300 Cedar Street, TAC Bldg.

New Haven, CT 06520-8031