Dr. Eve Rittenberg is a primary care physician with interests in women’s health, trauma-informed care (TIC), and medical education. Her research efforts are focused on trauma-informed care, both in how TIC impacts patients and in how to train and assess students and clinicians. Dr. Rittenberg received her MD from Harvard Medical School and completed her residency at BWH. She received a 2018-2021 Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars fellowship, as part of a BWH team focused on trauma-informed care. In 2021, Dr. Rittenberg was awarded a Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education, completing a project in medical student education in women’s health.
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 both at BWH and HMS, and has received the Partners in Excellence Award twice. 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 improve workflow 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
Inspired by the lives of her patients, Dr. Rittenberg is working to better serve patients who have experienced past or ongoing trauma. She has conducted TIC trainings for clinicians and staff at the Fish Center as well as other practices and audiences. She is a member of the HMS TIC curricular theme committee, engaged in trauma-informed care curricular innovation and assessment.
Dr. Rittenberg is interested in the ways in which physician gender influences workload and burnout. She analyzed data revealing a higher Epic inbasket workload for women physicians, and co-authored a review of the many ways in which gender influences physician burnout.
Dr. Rittenberg has completed the Clinical Process Improvement Leadership Program (CPIP), and was part of the leadership team that successfully gained National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) accreditation for the Fish Center primary care practice. Through this work, she has led efforts to develop more efficient and effective patient-centered care.
Lyubarova R, Salman L, Rittenberg E. Gender Differences in Physician Burnout: Driving Factors and Potential Solutions. The Permanente Journal. In press 2023.
Singer MR, Behn M, Braaten KP, Rittenberg E. Expanding medical education in women’s health beyond reproductive organs. Med Educ. 2023;1‐2. doi:10. 1111/medu.15035
Rittenberg E. Mildly Hypercalcemic. JAMA. 2023 Mar 21; 329(11): 944. doi:10.1001/jama.2023.1759
Rittenberg E, Liebman JB, Rexrode KM. Primary Care Physician Gender and Electronic Health Record Workload. J Gen Intern Med. 2022 Jan. doi: 10.1007/s11606-021-07298-z. PMID: 34993875.
Brown T, Ashworth H, Bass M, Rittenberg E, Levy-Carrick N, Grossman S, Lewis-O’Connor A, Stoklosa H. Trauma-Informed Care Interventions in Emergency Medicine: A Systematic Review. Western J Emerg Med: Integrating Emergency Care with Population Health. Apr 2022;22. https://escholarship.org/uc/item/44z195wz
Rittenberg E. Trust, Faith, and Covid. N Engl J Med. 2021; 385:2504-2505. DOI:10.1056/NEJMp2114695
Shah A, Barsky AJ, Hamilton MJ, Mufson M, Rittenberg E, Teslyar P. Somatic Symptom Disorder in the Inpatient Setting: The Challenge for Patients and Providers. Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2020 Nov/Dec; 28(6):404-411. PMID: 32568933.
Rittenberg E. Sewing Masks: Resilience in the Face of Covid. N Engl J Med. 2020 Dec 24; 383(26):2497-2498. PMID: 32997902.
Rittenberg E. To Treat My Patient, I Had To Understand Her Trauma. Health Affairs. Jan 2020; 39(1):161-164. PMID: 31905065
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: