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Joseph Craft, MD

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

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Joseph Craft, MD

Mailing Address

  • Rheumatology

    PO Box 208031, 300 Cedar Street

    New Haven, CT 06520-8031

    United States



Dr. Joseph Craft is Paul B. Beeson Professor of Medicine and Professor of Immunobiology at the Yale School of Medicine, and past chief of the Section of Rheumatology at Yale. He received his degrees in chemistry as a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and in medicine as an Alpha Omega Alpha graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. Dr. Craft did postgraduate training in internal 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. He 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, with a primary focus upon the differentiation, metabolism, and function and regulation of T cells that promote B cell maturation in secondary lymphoid organs. His research has been continually supported by the National Institutes of Health since 1985, and he is a two-time R37 (MERIT) Awardee. He has been a primary mentor for over 20 postdoctoral fellows and for 21 PhD and MD/PhD graduate students, including 7 graduate students currently in his lab. Dr. Craft is Director of the Investigative Medicine Program at Yale, a unique program designed to provide Ph.D. training for physicians, and in his capacity as Director of the program and its Director of Graduate Studies, has supervised training of over 50 Investigative Medicine PhD students. Dr. Craft is 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 Lupus Therapeutics of the Lupus Research Alliance, devoted to initiating novel therapeutic trials in lupus, 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) and current member of the Arthritis, Connective Tissue and Skin Diseases (ACTS) standing study sections at NIH, past chair 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.

Education & Training

  • Fellow
    Yale School of Medicine (1985)
  • Resident
    Yale-New Haven Hospital (1980)
  • Intern
    Yale-New Haven Hospital (1978)
  • MD
    University of North Carolina (1977)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Paul B. Beeson Professor of Medicine2010
Charles W. Bohmfalk Teaching Prize in Basic Sciences, Yale School of Medicine2004
Society of Distinguished Teachers, Yale School of Medicine2004
Kirkland Scholar2002, 2005
Kunkel Society2001
MERIT Award, NIH (NIAMS)2000
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science1998
Member, American Society for Clinical Investigation1994
Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences1985, 1989

Professional Service

Lupus Clinical Investigators NetworkChair, Executive Committee2016 - Present
Member of the Board, Lupus Foundation of America, CT Chapter2009 - Present
Immune Tolerance NetworkSteering Committee2006 - Present
Alliance for Lupus ResearchChair, Scientific Advisory Board2003 - 2007
Member of the Board, Lupus Clinical Trials Consortium2002 - Present
American Board of Internal Medicine, Subspecialty Board in Rheumatology, Chair 2006-20102000 - 2010
Immunological Sciences Study Section NIH, Chair 2002-20042000 - 2004

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