Cristina Drenkard, MD, Rheumatology, Atlanta, GA


Rheumatology Atlanta, GA

Lupus & Related

Associate Professor

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Education & Training

  • Universidad Nacional de Cordoba, School of Medical SciencesPh.D., Medicine and Surgery, 2000 - 2002
  • Universidad Nacional de Rosario Faculty of Medicine
    Universidad Nacional de Rosario Faculty of MedicineClass of 1981

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Dr. Lawren H. Daltroy Award for Excellence in Health Communication Lupus 21st Century, 2018
  • Emory 1% Club inducted for receiving study section score in the top 1 percentile Emory University, 2014
  • Professor, Dr. Jose Burucua Award 1999
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Clinical Trials

Publications & Presentations


Journal Articles

  • Incidence of Primary Chronic Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus in a Metropolitan Area of the Southeastern United States: The Georgia Lupus Registry  
    Drenkard C, Parker S, Aspey L, Gordon C, Helmick C, Bao G, Lim SS, Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken), 1/18/2018
  • Remission and Low Disease Activity Status (LDAS) protect lupus patients from damage occurrence: data from a multiethnic, multinational Latin American Lupus Cohort (GLA...  
    Ugarte-Gil MF, Wojdyla D, Pons-Estel GJ, Catoggio LJ, Drenkard C, Sarano J, Berbotto GA, Borba EF, Sato EI, Tavares Brenol JC, Uribe O, Ramirez Gomez LA, Guibert-Toled..., Ann Rheum Dis, 1/1/2017
  • Lupus in Latin-American patients: lessons from the GLADEL cohort Review  
    Pons-Estel GJ, Catoggio LJ, Cardiel MH, Bonfa E, Caeiro F, Sato E, Massardo, Lupus, 1/1/2015
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Books/Book Chapters

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  • Educational Needs of
    Fuentes-Silva Y, Acosta C, Elera-Fitzcarrald C, Ibanez S, Garcia-Carrion E, Reategui-Sokolova C, Pons-Estel B, Drenkard, C, 20th PANLAR Meeting, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1/1/2018
  • Educational Needs of Latin-American Lupus Patients: Insights from and ongoing Facebook Program.
    Fuentes-Silva Y, Acosta C, Elera-Fitzcarrald C, Ibanez S, Garcia-Carrion E, Reategui-Sokolova C, Pons-Estel B, Drenkard, C, Journal of Clinical Rheumatology, 1/1/2018
  • Vicarious Racism Stress Exposure and Disease Activity among African American Women with Systemic Lupus Erythematous: The Black Women's Experiences Living with Lupus (B...
    Martz, C. D., Fuller-Rowell, T. E., Nuru-Jeter, A. M., Spears, E. C., Hunter, E. A., Lim, S. S., Drenkard, C., Chae, D. H., American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA, 1/1/2018
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  • The Lupus Cohort. 
    Mexico City, Mexico - 1/19/2018
  • Present and Future of the Rheumatic Patient Education in Latin-America. 
    Buenos Aires, Argentina - 1/8/2018
  • Critical Reading of Scientific Papers 
    Emory School of Medicine - 1/1/2018
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  • Social Media Campaign for Latin Lupus Sufferers 
    Drenkard C, ACR/ The Rheumatologist
  • First PANLAR ReumaChat about Lupus. 
    Drenkard C, PANLAR, Twitter
  • Living Well with Lupus 
    Drenkard C, Co-host, ACR RheumChat
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Press Mentions

  • Fighting Lupus Among Latinas
    Fighting Lupus Among LatinasOctober 18th, 2018

Grant Support

  • A widespread self-management education program to reduce health disparities in African American women with systemic lupus erythematosusNIH/NIMHD2016–2021
  • Latin-American Center of Health Education for People with Lupus and their CaregiversILAR/PANLAR2017–2019
  • Psychosocial Factors and Lupus Disease Progression Among African American WomenNIH/NIAMS2014–2019
  • The Georgians Organized Against Lupus (GOAL) Cohort: Advancing Health DisparitiesCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)2014–2019
  • Bridging the Gaps in Depression Recognition Among High-risk Patients with Systemic Lupus ErythematosusGlaxoSmithKline2014–2016


  • Member of the Steering Committee, Developing and Disseminating Programs to Build Sustainable Lupus Awareness, Knowledge, Skills, and Partnerships. ACR/Lupus Initiative 2015 - Present
  • Scientific Advisor, LFAGA Advisory Board 2009 - Present
  • Member of the Peer Review Study Section, Rheumatology Research Foundation, ACR 2014 - 2016
  • Member of the Dissemination Subcommittee, Eliminating Health Disparities in Lupus Initiative American College of Rheumatology, Office of Minority Health and the Office of Women’s Health 2010 - 2013

Research History

  • Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, Atlanta, GA2007 - Present
  • Assistant Professor of Medicine, Div. of Rheumatology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA2007 - Present
  • Research Associate. Division of Rheumatology, Department of Internal Medicine, School of Medical Sciences, Universidad Nacional de Córdoba, Argentina1999 - 2002
  • Research Associate. Department of Immunology and Rheumatology, Instituto Nacional de la Nutricion Salvador Zubiran, Mexico1993 - 1996

Professional Memberships

Other Languages

  • Spanish