Joseph Edgar Craft MD

Paul B. Beeson Professor of Medicine (Rheumatology) and Professor of Immunobiology; Section Chief, Rheumatology; Program Director, Investigative Medicine; Paul B. Beeson Professor of Medicine


Dr. Joseph Craft is Paul B. Beeson Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Section of Rheumatology, and Professor of Immunobiology at the Yale University School of Medicine. He received his degree in chemistry as a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Craft did postgraduate training in medicine and in rheumatology and immunology at Yale, and has been on the faculty at that institution since 1985. At Yale, he teaches undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, and directs a research laboratory devoted to understanding the immune response to pathogens and vaccines, and dissecting and treating autoimmune diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus. His research has been continually supported by the National Institutes of Health since 1985, at which he is a two-time MERIT Awardee (Method to Extend Research in Time). He has been a primary mentor for over 30 postdoctoral fellows and for 19 PhD graduate students, including four MD/PhD (MSTP) trainees. Dr. Craft is Director of the Investigative Medicine Program at Yale, a unique program designed to provide Ph.D. training for physicians, and is a recipient of the Bohmfalk Teaching Prize at Yale School of Medicine for outstanding teaching in the basic sciences. He is an elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and an elected member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Kunkel Society. Dr. Craft also is a member of the Board of the Lupus Clinical Trials Consortium and Chair of the Executive Committee of the Lupus Clinical Trials Network, devoted to initiating novel therapeutic trials in the autoimmune disease systemic lupus erythematosus, and past Chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors at the National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal, and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). He is former chair of the Immunological Sciences (now HAI) Study Section at NIH, and of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Alliance for Lupus Research, and a former Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences and Kirkland Scholar. He is co-founder of L2Diagnostics, a company in New Haven, CT, formed in partnership with Yale University and devoted to discovery of new diagnostics and therapeutic targets for immunological and infectious diseases, and is currently a member of its Board of Directors.

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