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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

Contact Information

Joseph Craft, MD

Mailing Address

  • Rheumatology

    PO Box 208031, 300 Cedar Street

    New Haven, CT 06520-8031

    United States



Dr. Joe Craft, Paul B. Beeson Professor of Medicine and Professor of Immunobiology at Yale, is a graduate of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He did postgraduate training in internal medicine, rheumatology and immunology at Yale, and directs a laboratory devoted to understanding of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE, lupus) and host responses to viral pathogens. Dr. Craft is a two-time NIH MERIT Awardee, recipient of the Yale Bohmfalk Basic Science Teaching Prize, and an elected Fellow of American Association for Advancement of Science. He directs the Yale Investigative Medicine MD to PhD Program and is Director of the Colton Center for Autoimmunity at Yale. Dr. Craft is chair of the Board of Lupus Therapeutics of the Lupus Research Alliance (LRA), past chair of the Board of Scientific Counselors at NIAMS and of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Alliance for Lupus Research (now LRA). He chaired the Immunological Sciences (now Hypersensitivity, Autoimmune and Immune-mediated Diseases) Study Section of NIH and is a former Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences and a 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)


  • Board Certification
    AB of Internal Medicine, Rheumatology (1988, recertified: 2008)
  • Board Certification
    AB of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (1980)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Distinguished Innovator AwardLupus Research Alliance2022
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

Departments & Organizations