Dena E. Rifkin, MD, MS
Assistant Adjunct Professor                                            Phone:858-552-8585 x2784
Div...
Honors and Awards
Department of Medicine Teacher of the Year Award, Tufts Medical Center, 2009
Physician Scholar, Yale/Joh...
Abstracts
Rifkin DE, Katz R, Chonchol M, Fried LF, Cao J, Siscovick D, Shlipak MG, Sarnak MJ.
        Albuminuria, decreas...
Rifkin DE, Sarnak MJ. Should all patients with chronic kidney disease take a statin? Cleveland
Clinic Journal of Medicine....
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Dena E. Rifkin, MD, MS

  1. 1. Dena E. Rifkin, MD, MS Assistant Adjunct Professor Phone:858-552-8585 x2784 Division of Nephrology email: drifkin@ucsd.edu 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 Postgraduate Training 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 Education 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 Teaching 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’ Dena E. Rifkin, MD page 1
  2. 2. 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 Editorial Work 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) Committee membership 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 Dena E. Rifkin, MD page 2
  3. 3. Abstracts 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 Nephrology. 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. Original Articles 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 Apr;53(4):572-5 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. 148(6):483. Dena E. Rifkin, MD page 3
  4. 4. 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; 1679;1999. Theses 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. Invited talks “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 Popular press 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) Manuscript reviews American Heart Journal European Heart Journal American Journal of Kidney Disease Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine Journal of the American Medical Association Lancet Journal of the American Society of Nephrology Kidney International Cardiovascular Health Study Publications Internal Review Committee Dena E. Rifkin, MD page 4

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