Dena E. Rifkin, MD, MS
Assistant Adjunct Professor Phone:858-552-8585 x2784
Division of Nephrology email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center
University of California, San Diego
Previous Work Experience
July 2008-2009: Attending Physician in the Division of Nephrology and Instructor in
Medicine, Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine;
attending physician for inpatient and outpatient clinical duties
June 2006-2008: Research Fellow, Tufts-New England Medical Center, advisor Mark Sarnak
Masters of Science in Clinical Research; Master’s thesis on kidney function and
inflammatory markers in older adults
June 2005-2006: Clinical Nephrology Fellow, Tufts-New England Medical Center
June 2004- 2005: Chief Resident & Instructor of Medicine, Yale-New Haven Hospital
Outpatient and ward attending, West Haven Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center
Ward attending and inpatient chief resident, Yale New-Haven Hospital
June 2001-June 2004: Intern and Resident, Internal Medicine, Yale-New Haven Hospital
Kushlan Award recipient, given annually to a junior resident for outstanding
contributions to patient care at Yale-New Haven Hospital
2006-2008: MS, Clinical Research, Tufts Sackler School of Biomedical Sciences
1998- 2001: MD, Yale University School of Medicine, Alpha Omega Alpha
1997- 1998: Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
1992- 1996: A.B. magna cum laude, Computer Science, Harvard University, Phi Beta Kappa
January 2008 and 2009: Section leader, Renal Pathophysiology, Tufts School of Medicine.
Spring 2001: Group leader, Introduction to clinical ward rotations for third-year students,
Yale University School of Medicine
Fall 2000: Course leader, Yale University Seminar Program (undergraduate course)
Developed and taught “Literature, Medicine, and The Doctor-Patient Relationship,”
an intensive course on the literature of medicine including readings from Anton
Chekhov, William Carlos Williams, and other authors
Fall 1994&1995: Teaching Fellow, Harvard College Department of Computer Science
‘Introduction to Computer Science’ and ‘Artificial Intelligence’
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Honors and Awards
Department of Medicine Teacher of the Year Award, Tufts Medical Center, 2009
Physician Scholar, Yale/Johnson and Johnson International Health Program, 2003
Worked in Anchorage, Alaska, Indian Health Service
JAMA/On Call Associate Editor, 2001-2 (resident/fellow section of JAMA)
msJAMA Associate Editor, 2000-2001 (medical student section of JAMA)
Medical Exchange Student, Yale-Cambridge Exchange Program, 2000
Rotated in the British National Health Service, Cambridge, England
JAMA/John Conley Ethics Essay Contest winner, 1999
Centers for Disease Control Foundation Fellow, 1998
Studied antibiotic use patterns in Beijing and analyzed data at CDC in Atlanta
Derek Bok Teaching Award winner for outstanding teaching, Harvard College, 1996
Feature editor, In Our Own Words (narrative/reflective feature of the American Journal of
Kidney Disease), ongoing
Editorial board member, Transplant Chronicles (National Kidney Foundation publication)
Intern selection committee, Yale Internal Medicine Residency, 2005
Eighty-hour workweek committee, Yale Internal Medicine, 2004-5
Advisory panel to the search committee for department of medicine chair, Yale, 2005
GMEC external evaluation committee, endocrinology department, Tufts Medical Center, 2007
Certification and Licensure
Board Certified, Nephrology, 2008-2018
State of California Medical License 2009-present
Commonwealth of Massachusetts Medical License 2005-present
State of Connecticut Medical License 2004-5
American Board of Internal Medicine, Board Certified 2005-2015
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Rifkin DE, Katz R, Chonchol M, Fried LF, Cao J, Siscovick D, Shlipak MG, Sarnak MJ.
Albuminuria, decreased kidney function, and cardiovascular outcomes or mortality in
older adults: The Cardiovascular Health Study. November 2008 American Society of
Rifkin DE, Katz R, Fried LF, Kestenbaum B, Jenny N, Newman AB, Siscovick D, Shlipak MG,
Sarnak MJ. Association between baseline kidney function and change in CRP: The
Cardiovascular Health Study. November 2008 American Society of Nephrology.
Rifkin DE, Shlipak, MJ, Katz, R, Fried LF, Siskovick D, Chonchol M, Newman AB, and
Sarnak, MJ. “Rapid Decline In Kidney Function And Mortality In Older Adults,”
November 2007 American Society of Nephrology.
Rifkin DE, Katz R, Chonchol M, Fried LF, Cao J, de Boer IH, Siscovick SD, Shlipak MG,
Sarnak MJ. Albuminuria, impaired kidney function, and cardiovascular outcomes in
older adults. NDT, in press.
Rifkin DE, Katz R, Fried LF, Kestenbaum BK, Jenny NS, Newman AB, Siscovick DS, Shlipak
MG, Sarnak MJ. Association between baseline kidney function and change in CRP:
An analysis of the Cardiovascular Health Study. Nephron Clinical Practice, in press.
de Boer IH, Katz R, Cao JJ, Fried LF, Kestenbaum B, Mukamal K, Rifkin DE, Sarnak MJ,
Shlipak MG, Siscovick DS. Cystatin C, albuminuria, and mortality among older adults
with diabetes mellitus. Diabetes Care. 2009 Jul 8.
Rifkin DE, Shlipak MG, Katz R, Fried LF, Siscovick D, Chonchol M, Newman AB,
Sarnak MJ. Rapid kidney function decline and mortality risk in older adults. Arch
Intern Med. 2008;168:2212-8.
Sarnak MJ, Katz R, Fried LF, Siskovick D, Kestenbaum B, Seliger S, Rifkin D, Tracy R,
Newman AB, and Shlipak MJ. Cystatin C and Aging Success . Archives of
Internal Medicine. 168 (2), Jan 28, 2008.
O'Connor S. Rifkin D. Yang YH. Wang JF. Levine OS. Dowell SF. Physician control of
pediatric antimicrobial use in Beijing, China, and its rural environs. Pediatric
Infectious Disease Journal. 20:679-84, 2001
Reviews and commentary
Rifkin DE. Doctors without metaphors. Am J Kidney Dis. 2009 Nov;54(5):A35-6.
Weiner DE, Rifkin DE. Kidney function and the risk of cardiovascular disease. BMJ.
2009 Jun 29;338:b1307.
Rifkin DE, Sarnak MJ. Does inflammation fuel the fire in CKD? Am J Kidney Dis. 2009
Rifkin DE, Sarnak MJ.Glomerular filtration rate <45 ml/min/1.73 m2 with microalbuminuria
was associated with increased CV death. Evidence Based Medicine. 13(3):89, 2008.
Rifkin DE. Effect of work-hour regulations on outcomes. [letter]. Annals of Internal Medicine.
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Rifkin DE, Sarnak MJ. Should all patients with chronic kidney disease take a statin? Cleveland
Clinic Journal of Medicine. 75(2), 118, 2008.
Rifkin DE, Sarnak MJ. Commentary for ACP Journal Club: A bedside tool predicted the
need for dialysis after cardiac surgery. ACP Journal Club 146(3), 81, 2007.
Rifkin D. Ethics in Practice: The Elephant in the Room[ethical issues of health care for the
obese patient]. Hastings Center Report. 36(2):9, 2006 Mar-Apr.
Rifkin DE. Electronic medical records: saving trees, saving lives. JAMA. 285:1764, 2001.
Rifkin DE. Community considerations: the many effects of miscoding. JAMA. 282:1676-7;
Rifkin D. Is Decreased Kidney Function Associated with Changes in Inflammatory Markesr in
Older Adults? An analysis of the Cardiovascular Health Study. [master’s thesis].
Boston, MA, May 2008.
Rifkin D. Routes to antibiotic purchases for children in Beijing and Gu'An County, China.
[MD thesis] New Haven, CT. May 2001.
“Rapid Decline In Kidney Function And Mortality In The Elderly,” November
2007 American Society of Nephrology Annual Meeting, Nov 3, 2007
Medical Grand Rounds: “A 76-Year-Old Man with Diarrhea and Painful Unilateral
Lymphadenopathy,” Sean Wilson, Michal Rose, Fred Gorelick, Dena Rifkin, Yale New
Haven Hospital 2004
Rifkin D. “Cases: A Holiday from Illness, All too Fleeting” [topic: noncompliance in a
kidney transplant patient] New York Times Health/Science Section. April 22 2008.
Rifkin D. Weekly columnist: Health.com. “Doctor’s point of view.” Accessed electronically
at http://pokedandprodded.health.com/poked_prodded/denarifkin.html, January 2008 –
through present (40 articles on various aspects of the physician-patient relationship, medical
ethics, interpretation of the medical literature, modern medical care, and communication)
American Heart Journal
European Heart Journal
American Journal of Kidney Disease
Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine
Journal of the American Medical Association
Journal of the American Society of Nephrology
Cardiovascular Health Study Publications Internal Review Committee
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