Drenkard, CristinaUSA

    Academic Appointments:

    • Primary Appointment: Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, Emory School of Medicine. September 2016
    • Secondary Appointment: Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University. November 2007-present


    Continuing Professional Development Activities:

    • Division of Rheumatology Medical Grand Rounds, 2007- present
    • American College of Rheumatology Annual Meeting, 2007 to present


    Committee Memberships:

    • The California Lupus Surveillance Project: Scientific Advisory Board, 2010-present
    • The Manhattan Surveillance Lupus Project: Scientific Advisory Board, 2010-present
    • The Indian Health Services Lupus Registry: Scientific Advisory Board, 2010-present


    • Arthritis and Rheumatism, 2003
    • Arthritis Care and Research, 2011- present
    • LUPUS, 2007-present
    • Journal of Rheumatology, 2010-present
    • Nature Reviews Rheumatology, 2014-present
    • Lupus Science and Medicine, 2015-present
    • Clinical Rheumatology, 2015


    Community Outreach:

    • Founded of the first Support Group for Hispanics with Lupus in Atlanta, GA. Lupus Foundation of America- GA Chapter. 2008-present
    • Healthcare educator for the Support Group for Hispanics with Lupus in Atlanta, GA. Lupus Foundation of America- GA Chapter. 2008-present
    • Presenter for the Hispanic Audience (in Spanish), Annual Lupus Patients Seminar, Lupus Foundation of America GA Chapter, Atlanta, 2008-present
    • Leader of the Hispanic Team, Lupus Foundation of America, GA Chapter, Annual Lupus Walk at Piedmont Park, Atlanta, GA, 2009-present
    • Leader of the Hispanic Lupus Group at the Lupus Awareness Day; Georgia Capitol, Atlanta GA, 2009 to present


    Other Categories:

    • Director and facilitator of the Journal Club on Critical Reading of Scientific Papers
      in Rheumatology. Monthly sessions for Rheumatology fellows, 2009-present


    Research focus:
    My research is focused on lupus health disparities with emphasis on patientcentered outcomes and behavioral interventions research. My interest areas are: 1) cutaneous lupus in white-black populations; 2) impact of psychosocial factors on patient-centered outcomes; 3) cost-effective behavioral interventions for lupus management; 4) patient-provider-health system interactions and lupus care.


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