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Linda Bockenstedt, MD

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



Dr. Linda Bockenstedt is the Harold W. Jockers Professor of Medicine, Section of Rheumatology, and Deputy Dean for Faculty Affairs 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 has been a faculty member at Yale School of Medicine since 1989, where she 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. She is also an active clinician and educator for medical trainees.

Dr. Bockenstedt is 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. Since 2006 she has been active in faculty affairs at Yale School of Medicine, first as Director for Professional Development & Equity, then as an Associate Dean for Faculty Affairs at Yale School of Medicine,

Education & Training

  • Fellow
    University of California, San Francisco (1989)
  • Chief Resident
    Yale-New Haven Hospital (1985)
  • Resident
    Yale-New Haven Hospital (1984)
  • MD
    The Ohio State University College of Medicine (1981)
  • AB
    Harvard College, Chemistry & Physics (1977)


  • Board Certification
    AB of Internal Medicine, Rheumatology (1988)
  • Board Certification
    AB of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (1985)


  • 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, 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, Sofia-Capital, Bulgaria 2009
    Plenary lecture by NIH/NIAID invitation, NIAID-sponsored "Emerging and Re-Emerging Infectious Diseases in Central and Eastern Europe"

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Elected Member, CT Academy for Science & EngineeringCT Academy for Science & Engineering2012
Best Doctors in AmericaBest Doctors2010
Top Doctors, Internal Medicine & RheumatologyConnecticut Magazine2009
MemberThe Interurban Clinical Club2007
MemberThe Henry Kunkel Society2006
The Harold W. Jockers ProfessorshipYale University School of Medicine2006
Sir William Osler Young Investigator AwardThe Interurban Clinical Club2000
The Harold W. Jockers Assistant/Associate ProfessorshipYale University1995
The Howard M. Spiro Young Faculty Teaching AwardYale School of Medicine1994
Westinghouse Science Talent Search Scholarship Westinghouse Science Talent Search1974

Departments & Organizations