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: Investigative Medicine Program | Rheumatology: Rheumatic Diseases Research Core; Rheumatology Leadership

Immunobiology: HTI

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

Faculty Research

Immunology and Immunotherapy

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 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.

Education & Training

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

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

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

  • Immune Tolerance Network (2006) Steering Committee

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

  • (2002) 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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