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 undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is a graduate of the University of North Caroline School of Medicine. Dr. Craft then 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 graduate and medical students, and directs a research laboratory devoted to understanding T lymphocyte differentiation and function in normal and autoimmune responses. His research has been continually supported since 1985 by the National Institutes of Health, where he is a two-time NIH MERIT award recipient. Dr. Craft is Director of the Investigative Medicine Program at Yale, a unique program designed to provide Ph.D. training for physicians. He also is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Kunkel Society, and Chair of the Executive Committee of the Lupus Clinical Investigators Network. He is former chair of the Immunological Sciences 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. He is a co-founder of L2Diagnostics, a company in New Haven formed in partnership with Yale University and devoted to discovery of new diagnostics in vector-borne diseases and of targets for vaccine development, and is currently a member of its Board of Directors.