CMHC Faculty Members

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Dena E. Rifkin, MD

La Jolla, California

Dena E. Rifkin, MD



Dr. Dena E. Rifkin is a professor of clinical medicine and leads the preclinical foundations of medicine curriculum and the renal pathophysiology course at the University of California San Diego of Medicine.

Her research has focused on the interplay between chronic kidney disease and hypertension in older adults and relevant patient-centered outcomes in these areas.

She previously chaired the National Kidney Foundation’s Spring Clinical Meetings. She also served as the section editor of creative non-fiction essays for the American Journal of Kidney Diseases for a decade.

Education and Training

  • Master of Science, Tufts University, 2008
  • Medical Degree, Yale University School of Medicine, 2001
  • Bachelor of Arts, Harvard University, 1996

Professional Highlights

  • Internal Medicine Chief Residents’ Teaching Award, University of California San Diego, 2010, 2013
  • Feature Editor, In A Few Words, 2009
  • Teacher of the Year, Tufts Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program, 2009
  • Women in Nephrology/ASN Travel Grant Award, 2008
  • Physician Scholar, Yale/Johnson & Johnson International Health Program, 2003
  • Kushlan Award, Yale New Haven Hospital, 2003
  • OnCall Associate Editor, Medical Student Journal of the American Medical Association and Journal of the American Medical Association, 2000-2002
  • John Conley Ethics Essay Award, Journal of the American Medical Association, 1999
  • Fellow, Centers for Disease Control Foundation, Beijing, China, 1998
  • Derek Bok Teaching Prize, Harvard College, 1994
  • Member, Phi Beta Kappa, Harvard College
  • Member, Alpha Omega Alpha, Yale University School of Medicine
  • Member, American Society of Nephrology
  • Editorial Board, Transplant Chronicles


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