Eve Rittenberg, MD

Dr. Eve Rittenberg is a primary care physician whose interests span women’s health, trauma-informed care (TIC), medical education, and narrative medicine. Dr. Rittenberg received her MD from Harvard Medical School (HMS) and completed her residency at BWH. As part of a BWH team focused on trauma-informed care, she received a 2018-2021 Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars fellowship.  In 2021, Dr. Rittenberg was awarded a Rabkin Fellowship in Medical Education.  


Dr. Rittenberg practices primary care at the Fish Center for Women’s Health, where she served as medical director of Fish Center primary care for several years. With Dr. Kari Braaten, she leads an interdisciplinary elective in women’s health for medical students.  She has been active in several committees at BWH and HMS and has received the Partners in Excellence Award twice. Dr. Rittenberg was selected to participate in the Physician Leadership Program at Harvard Business School.  Additionally, Dr. Rittenberg completed the Clinical Process Improvement Leadership Program (CPIP) and was part of the leadership team that gained National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) Patient-Centered Medical Home accreditation for the Fish Center primary care practice.  Through this work, she led efforts to develop more efficient and effective patient-centered care.


In addition to her clinical and education roles, Dr. Rittenberg serves as the Viewpoint and Web Editor for JAMA Internal Medicine.  Throughout her work, ranging from clinical and educational efforts to qualitative and quantitative research, personal narrative and poetry, Dr. Rittenberg hopes to foster empathy and contribute to a trauma-informed healing culture both in Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the broader community. 

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

Dr. Rittenberg collaborates with other members of the HMS TIC Curricular Theme Committee to develop assessment strategies for trauma-informed clinical skills in medical students. 

Select Publications

Lyubarova R, Salman L, Rittenberg E.  Gender Differences in Physician Burnout: Driving Factors and Potential Solutions. The Permanente Journal.  2023 Jun 15;27(2):130-136.  Doi: 10.7812/TPP/23.023


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


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


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