Daniel J. Clauw, MD
Professor, Anesthesiology, Medicine & Psychiatry / Director, Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center, University of Michigan
Dr. Clauw is a rheumatologist who is also an internationally recognized pain researcher. He received his undergraduate and medical degrees from the University of Michigan, and completed 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.
At U-M, Dr. Clauw also served as the first Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research, PI of the NIH Clinical and Translational Sciences Award (CTSA), and founding director of the unit that supports translational research – the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR). Although he stepped down from these institutional leadership roles in 2009, he remains very active in institutional and departmental translational research training programs, and as a recognized mentor of clinical and translational researchers, many of whom are working to better understand how to best diagnose and treat chronic pain.