Eve Rittenberg, MD

Dr. Eve Rittenberg is a primary care physician with an interest in clinical innovation. Her research efforts are focused on trauma-informed care, both how it impacts patients and educating providers. Dr. Rittenberg received her MD from Harvard Medical School and completed her residency at BWH.


Dr. Rittenberg practices primary care at the Fish Center for Women’s Health, where she also teaches and mentors residents and HMS medical students, and where she served as medical director of primary care for several years. Over the years, she has been active in several committees, has received the Partners in Excellence Award twice, and served as medical director of primary care at the Fish Center for several years. Dr. Rittenberg was selected to participate in both the Physician Leadership Program at Harvard Business School and the Clinical Process Improvement Leadership Program (CPIP) at PHS. She has led efforts to improve patient care and clinical care, seen in her work to over the years to improve integration of mental health services into primary care and to improve work flow and team efficiency within the clinic.

Brigham & Women’s Hospital

Associate Physician, Division of Women’s Health, Department of Medicine; Associate Physician, Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine
Harvard Medical School

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Areas of Expertise

Current Research

Inspired by the lives of her patients, Dr. Rittenberg is working to better serve patients who have experienced past or ongoing trauma, and has become deeply involved in developing a pilot model for trauma-informed care in the clinical setting. In the past, Dr. Rittenberg worked with an advocate from the BWH Passageway program, the goal of which is domestic abuse intervention and prevention, as well as educating BWH residents about intimate partner violence, which disproportionally affects women. Dr. Rittenberg is collaborating with others from BWH and PHS in these efforts and plans to continue work in educating staff and providers about trauma and its effects on health, developing a toolkit on trauma-informed care for providers, and piloting a screening project for patients at the Fish Center.


Dr. Rittenberg has completed the Clinical Process Improvement Leadership Program (CPIP),  implemented a new history form and flag system for monitoring workflow in the clinic, and is currently engaged in work to gain National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) accreditation for the Fish Center primary care practice.  Through this work, she leads efforts to develop more efficient and effective patient-centered care.

Select Past Research

Collaborator / Trauma-informed Care Pilot

Dr. Rittenberg piloted a model of trauma-informed care at the Fish Center, developing a toolkit for providers, educating staff and providers, and developing a screening tool for trauma.

Select Publications

Lewis-O’Connor A, Warren A, Lee JV, Levy-Carrick N, Grossman S, Chadwick M, Stoklosa H, Rittenberg E. The state of the science on trauma inquiry. Womens Health (Lond). 2019 Jan-Dec;15:1745506519861234. PMID:31456510


Levy-Carrick NC, Lewis-O’Connor A, Rittenberg E, Manosalvas K, Stoklosa HM, Silbersweig DA. Promoting Health Equity Through Trauma-Informed Care: Critical Role for Physicians in Policy and Program Development. Fam Community Health. 2019 Apr/Jun;42(2):104-108. PMID:30768474


Rittenberg E. Trauma-Informed Care – Reflections of a Primary Care Doctor in the Week of the Kavanaugh Hearing. N Engl J Med. 2018 Nov 29;379(22):2094-2095. Epub 2018 Oct 10. PMID:30303755


Jha AK, Kuperman GJ, Rittenberg E, Teich JM, Bates DW. Identifying hospital admissions due to adverse drug events using a computer-based monitor. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2001 Mar-Apr;10(2):113-9. PMID:11499849


Kuperman GJ, Teich JM, Tanasijevic MJ, Ma’Luf N, Rittenberg E, Jha A, Fiskio J, Winkelman J, Bates DW. Improving response to critical laboratory results with automation: results of a randomized controlled trial. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 1999 Nov-Dec;6(6):512-22. PMID:10579608


Bates DW, Kuperman GJ, Rittenberg E, Teich JM, Fiskio J, Ma’luf N, Onderdonk A, Wybenga D, Winkelman J, Brennan TA, Komaroff AL, Tanasijevic M. A randomized trial of a computer-based intervention to reduce utilization of redundant laboratory tests. Am J Med. 1999 Feb;106(2):144-50. PMID:10230742


Jha AK, Kuperman GJ, Rittenberg E, Bates DW. Gender and utilization of ancillary services. J Gen Intern Med. 1998 Jul;13(7):476-81. PMID:9686714


Jha AK, Kuperman GJ, Teich JM, Leape L, Shea B, Rittenberg E, Burdick E, Seger DL, Vander Vliet M, Bates DW. Identifying adverse drug events: development of a computer-based monitor and comparison with chart review and stimulated voluntary report. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 1998 May-Jun;5(3):305-14. PMID:9609500


Bates DW, Boyle DL, Rittenberg E, Kuperman GJ, Ma’Luf N, Menkin V, Winkelman JW, Tanasijevic MJ. What proportion of common diagnostic tests appear redundant? Am J Med. 1998 Apr;104(4):361-8. PMID:9576410


Kuperman GJ, Boyle D, Jha A, Rittenberg E, Ma’Luf N, Tanasijevic MJ, Teich JM, Winkelman J, Bates DW. How promptly are inpatients treated for critical laboratory results? J Am Med Inform Assoc. 1998 Jan-Feb;5(1):112-9. PMID:9452990


Katz DA, Bates DW, Rittenberg E, Onderdonk A, Sands K, Barefoot LA, Snydman D. Predicting Clostridium difficile stool cytotoxin results in hospitalized patients with diarrhea. J Gen Intern Med. 1997 Jan;12(1):57-62. PMID:9034947


Pace L, Rittenberg E. Why birth control is essential for Americans’ health. The Boston Globe. 2017 March 17; sect. Editorial Opinion. Available at: