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Joseph E. Craft

Yale Medicine Magazine, 2010 - Autumn

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Joseph E. Craft, M.D., HS ’77, FW ’85, professor of medicine and of immunobiology, chief of rheumatology, and director of investigative medicine, was appointed the Paul B. Beeson Professor of Medicine in February. Craft is an internationally recognized expert on the pathogenesis of systemic autoimmune diseases. He and his research team seek to define the mechanisms of loss of self-tolerance and activation of autoreactive T-cells in systemic autoimmune diseases, and the differentiation and regulation of T-cells in normal immune responses. He is the author of over 140 scientific publications. Craft joined the faculty as an assistant professor in 1985 after completing an internship and residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital and a fellowship in rheumatology. The chief of the Section of Rheumatology since 1991, Craft has directed the Yale Investigative Medicine Program since 2004. He also serves as chief of rheumatology at Yale-New Haven Hospital. Craft won the School of Medicine’s Charles W. Bohmfalk Teaching Prize in Basic Sciences in 2004. He has been elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation.