MISSION

Those who courageously serve in our nation's military deserve exceptional care. The Veterans Medical Research Foundation's mission is to enhance the health of veterans of all generations through research and education.

GENERAL INFORMATION

​Phone:

(858) 642-3080

ADDRESS

3350 La Jolla Village Drive (151A)

Building 13

San Diego, CA 92161

Dena E. Rifkin

Dena Rifkin

Credentials: 

  • M.D.

  • M.S.

Current Position(s): 

  • Staff Physician and Director of Dialysis Services, VA San Diego Healthcare System

  • Associate Professor, UC San Diego

Personal Statement: 

I am a board-certified and practicing nephrologist at the University of California, San Diego and the Veterans' Affairs Hospital in San Diego.  I have extensive recruiting experience, having successfully led a pilot clinical trial of home blood pressure monitoring at the Veterans' Affairs Hospital (Rifkin Blood Pressure Monitoring 2013), conducted a VA investigation of coronary calcium in dialysis patients (Rifkin senior author, AJKD 2012), served as a site co-investigator in the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT), and recruited a cohort of over 350 participants to an ambulatory blood pressure study (Rifkin senior author, AJH 2015).

Professional History:

  •  2001-2002       Intern in Medicine, Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT

  •  2002-2004       Resident in Medicine, Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT

  •  2004-2005       Chief Resident, Yale New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT

  •  2004-2005       Instructor in Medicine, Yale University School of Medicine

  •  2005-2008       Clinical Fellow in Nephrology, Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA

  •  2005-2008       Clinical Instructor, Tufts University School of Medicine

  •  2008-2009       Attending Physician, Tufts Medical Center, Boston MA

  •  2008-2009       Instructor in Medicine, Tufts University School of Medicine

  •  2009-2016       Asst. Professor, Department of Medicine and Family and Preventative Medicine,
                               University of California, San Diego

Education:

  • 1996 – AB – Computer Science – Harvard University

  • 1998 – Stanford University, School of Medicine

  • 2001 – MD – Medicine – Yale University School of Medicine

  • 2008 – MS – Clinical Research – Tufts University

Awards and Honors: 

  • 1994                   Derek Bok Teaching Prize – Harvard College

  • 1996                   Phi Beta Kappa, magna cum laude – Harvard College

  • 1998                   Centers for Disease Control Foundation Fellow (Beijing, China)

  • 1999                   JAMA/John Conley Ethics Essay Award

  • 2000                   Lecturer, Literature and Medicine, Yale College Seminar program

  • 2001                   Alpha Omega Alpha – Yale University School of Medicine

  • 2000-02             msJAMA and JAMA/OnCall Associate Editor

  • 2003                   Kushlan Award (outstanding resident at Yale New Haven Hospital)

  • 2003                   Physician Scholar, Yale/Johnson & Johnson International Health Program (Anchorage, Alaska)

  • 2006-                  Member, American Society of Nephrology

  • 2006-                  Workgroup on Renal Disease – Cardiovascular Health Study

  • 2008                   Women in Nephrology/ASN Travel Grant award

  • 2008-                  Editorial Board, Transplant Chronicles (National Kidney Foundation)

  • 2009                   Teacher of the Year, Tufts Medical Center Internal Medicine Residency Program

  • 2009-                  Feature Editor, In A Few Words (American Journal of Kidney Disease)

  • 2010 and 2013  Internal Medicine Chief Residents’ Teaching Award, University of California San Diego

  • 2012                   Kaiser Excellence in Teaching Award nominee, UCSD

  • 2013                   Humanism in Medicine Award nominee, UCSD

  • 2017                   Kaiser Excellence in Teach Award winner, UCSD

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