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Daniel J. Clauw, MD

Daniel J. Clauw, M.D is a Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine (Rheumatology) and Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. He attended undergrad and medical school at Michigan, and then did his internal medicine residency and rheumatology fellowships at Georgetown University, where he eventually held roles including Chief of Rheumatology and Vice Chair of Medicine. While at Georgetown he assembled an interdisciplinary team who began to study the central nervous system contributions to a number of chronic pain disorders, including fibromyalgia, interstitial cystitis, low back pain, and Gulf War Illnesses. This group of investigators, the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center (CPFRC), moved to the University of Michigan in 2002. In addition to bringing this group to the University of Michigan, Dr. Clauw was also asked to lead the meager existing clinical research infrastructure serving UM at that time.

With strong support from UM leadership he helped grow clinical and translational research infrastructure dramatically, becoming the first Assistant and then Associate Dean for Clinical Research (through 2009), and is now the Senior Associate Director and co-directs the Research Development Core and Pre-Doctoral Programs. He was the first PI of the University of Michigan Clinical and Translational Sciences Award (UM CTSA) and founding director of the unit at Michigan that supports translational research – the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR). He currently is co-PI of two NIH center grants studying the mechanisms underlying chronic pain in urological and musculoskeletal disorders and is an active mentor of clinical and pain researchers.