Cristina Drenkard, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Department of Medicine


Dr. Drenkard graduated from School of Medicine, National University of Rosario in Argentina. She underwent postgraduate training in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology in Cordoba, Argentina. In 1987, she moved to Mexico City where she underwent additional training in Clinical Epidemiology at the Division of Immunology and Rheumatology of The National Institute of Nutrition Salvador Zubiran. Mentored by Dr. Donato Alarcon-Segovia, her research was focused on systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and antiphospholipid syndrome outcomes. Dr. Drenkard was a member of the faculty at the Division of Immunology and Rheumatology of The National Institute of Nutrition Salvador Zubiran until 1997, when she returned to Argentina. In 2002, Dr. Drenkard earned a PhD in Clinical Epidemiology from the National University of Cordoba, Argentina.

Dr. Drenkard is currently involved in epidemiologic research projects that seek to understand the health-related inequities in SLE, particularly among ethnic minorities who suffer from this disease. Dr. Drenkard is also interested in the assessment of behavioral and environmental aspects that might have an impact on lupus outcomes and health care utilization across different demographic groups. One of the areas of her research focus is the assessment and implementation of behavioral interventions and educational programs that target minority ethnic groups with lupus.

Dr. Drenkard leads weekly Journal Club sessions aimed to discuss both, classical and current articles of rheumatology, under a critical reading appraisal.

Dr. Drenkard is a member of the Medical Advisory Committee of the Georgia Chapter of the Lupus Foundation of America. In 2008, she founded the first support group for Latino patients with lupus in GA. Since then, she has been working with the Latino community of Atlanta to raise awareness about lupus and to educate and empower lupus patients and families who suffer from this chronic condition.


  • Chairman of the session Early and late complications of SLE and SLE therapy/Co-morbidities, 11th  International Congress on Systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Vienna, Austria, 2015
  • American College of Rheumatology, Rheumatology Research Foundation: Peer Review Study Section D on clinical and translational research awards, including the Scientist Development Award and the Investigator Award. September 2015
  • Keynote Speaker at the VI International Congress of Internal Medicine in Cordoba, Argentina. March 2016