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Linda Bockenstedt, MD

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

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Linda Bockenstedt, MD

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  • Rheumatology

    PO Box 208031, 300 Cedar Street, TAC Bldg.

    New Haven, CT, 06520-8031

    United States

Linda Bockenstedt
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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)


  • 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"

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

Professional Service

Women's Faculty ForumCouncil2006 - 2014
Immunity & Host DefenseNIH/NIAID Study Section2005 - 2009
American College of Rheumatology Research & Education FoundationBoard of Directors2003 - 2006
Arthritis Foundation, Northern & Southern New England ChapterBoard of Directors2003 - 2010

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