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

Departments & Organizations

Internal Medicine: Allergy & Clinical Immunology | Investigative Medicine Program | Rheumatology: Rheumatic Diseases Research Core; Rheumatology Leadership | Rheumatology, Allergy, & Clinical Immunology

Immunobiology: HTI

Clinical Investigation, Yale Center for (YCCI): Educational Program

Faculty Research

Yale Cancer Center: Cancer Immunology

Yale Combined Program in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS): Immunology: B and T Cell Effector and Memory Cell Differentiation; Computational Immunology; Consequences of an Immune Response | Molecular Medicine, Pharmacology, and Physiology: Hematology, Vascular Biology and Inflammation; Human Disease Pathology, Physiology and Intervention; Virology and Immunology

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research


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.

Education & Training

MD University of North Carolina (1977)
Fellow Yale University School of Medicine
Resident Yale-New Haven Hospital
Intern Yale-New Haven Hospital
Board Certification AB of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (1980)
Board Certification AB of Internal Medicine, Rheumatology (1988, recertified: 2008)

Honors & Recognition

  • MERIT AwardNIH (NIAMS) (2016)

  • Paul B. Beeson Professor of Medicine (2010)

  • Charles W. Bohmfalk Teaching Prize in Basic Sciences, Yale School of Medicine (2004)

  • Society of Distinguished Teachers, Yale University School of Medicine (2004)

  • Kirkland Scholar (2002, 2005)

  • Kunkel Society (2001)

  • MERIT Award, NIH (NIAMS) (2000)

  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (1998)

  • Member, American Society for Clinical Investigation (1994)

  • Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences (1985, 1989)

Professional Service

  • Lupus Clinical Investigators Network (2016 - Present) Chair, Executive Committee

  • (2009 - Present) Member of the Board, Lupus Foundation of America, CT Chapter

  • Immune Tolerance Network (2006 - Present) Steering Committee

  • Alliance for Lupus Research (2003 - 2007) Chair, Scientific Advisory Board

  • (2002 - Present) Member of the Board, Lupus Clinical Trials Consortium

  • (2000 - 2010) American Board of Internal Medicine, Subspecialty Board in Rheumatology, Chair 2006-2010

  • (2000 - 2004) Immunological Sciences Study Section NIH, Chair 2002-2004

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Contact Info

Joseph Edgar Craft, MD
Mailing Address
RheumatologyPO Box 208031
300 Cedar Street

New Haven, CT 06520-8031