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Leslie J. Crofford, MD
Dr. Crofford is a native of Nashville, Tennessee, and a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences. She served her internship and residency in internal medicine at Washington University's Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Following training in internal medicine, she pursued research and clinical fellowships in molecular genetics and rheumatology at the National Institutes of Health. She joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1993 as assistant professor and rose to the rank of professor in 2004. She relocated to the University of Kentucky as Gloria W. Singletary Professor of Internal Medicine, chief of the Division of Rheumatology, and director of the Center for the Advancement of Womenís Health in 2004.
Dr. Crofford's research is focused on understanding the role of the central nervous system in the musculoskeletal pain of rheumatic diseases and on cytokines and lipid mediators of inflammation. Her research efforts have garnered her the American College of Rheumatology Senior Rheumatology Scholar Award, the Arthritis Foundationís J.V. Satterfield Arthritis Investigator Award, membership in the Central Society for Clinical Research, the Jerome W. Conn Award for Distinguished Research by a Junior Faculty Member in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Michigan, and election to the American Board of Internal Medicine for Rheumatology. She has research support in the form of grants from institutions, including the National Institutes of Health and the Arthritis Foundation. Dr. Crofford has published more than 120 journal articles and book chapters based on her research, and she is frequently invited to lecture nationally and internationally.
Dr. Crofford is an active member of the American College of Rheumatology, serving previously as a member of the Committee on Research and currently as the chair of the Committee on Journal Publications. She is on the board of trustees of the Ohio River Valley Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation and is the vice chair for peer review of the Medical and Scientific Committee of the National Arthritis Foundation. Dr. Crofford is also active as a clinical rheumatologist and has been named as one of Americaís Top Doctors for many years, including 2005.