Daniel J Clauw, MD
Professor of Anesthesiology
Professor of Internal Medicine
Professor of Psychiatry and Executive Director
Pain and Opioid Research
Translational Research
Department of Anesthesiology
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Daniel J Clauw, MD
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    Daniel Clauw is a Professor of Anesthesiology, Medicine (Rheumatology) and Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. He serves as Director of the Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center and Co-Director of the HEAL National K12 Clinical Pain Career Development Program. Until January 2009 he also served as the first Associate Dean for Clinical and Translational Research within the University of Michigan Medical School, and PI of the UM Clinical and Translational Sciences Award (CTSA). He attended the University of Michigan for both undergraduate and medical school studies and then completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology Fellowship at Georgetown University. He joined the faculty at Georgetown University in 1990, and while there, founded the Georgetown Chronic Pain and Fatigue Research Center, and served as the Division Chief of Rheumatology, Immunology and Allergy, and Vice Chair of the Department of Medicine. Since moving to UM in 2001, Dr. Clauw has continued his commitment to the clinical care and research into overlapping conditions such as Fibromyalgia, Gulf War Illnesses, and Interstitial Cystitis just to name a few, having become an internationally known expert in chronic pain, and especially the central nervous system contributions to chronic pain states, performing past or ongoing work in conditions such as low back pain, osteoarthritis, vulvodynia, endometriosis, irritable bowel syndrome, and temporomandibular joint disorder.

    • Chronic Pain & Fatigue Research Center
    • HEAL K12
    • MD, Graduated with Honors
      University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, 1985
    • BS
      University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1981
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    • Center Member
      Regenerative Medicine Resource Center
    Research Overview

    • Fibromyalgia
    • Chronic pain
    • Mechanisms of pain processing
    • Central Sensitization
    • Opioids
    • Cannabinoids
    • Nociplastic pain
    • Psychedelics

    Recent Publications See All Publications
    • Journal Article
      A qualitative study on opportunities to improve research engagement and inclusion of Black adults with systemic lupus erythematosus.
      Summerville J, Farahani N, Yalavarthi B, Aboul-Hassan D, Rajgarhia S, Xiao LZ, Yu C, Clauw DJ, Kahlenberg JM, DeJonckheere M, Bergmans RS. Lupus, 2024 Jan; 33 (1): 58 - 67. DOI:10.1177/09612033231220168
      PMID: 38047461
    • Journal Article
      Nociplastic Pain and Pain-Motivated Drinking in Alcohol Use Disorder.
      Hall OT, Rausch J, Entrup P, Lagisetty P, Bryan C, Black L, Moreno J, Gorka S, Phan KL, Clauw DJ. J Pain, 2024 Jan 12; DOI:10.1016/j.jpain.2024.01.332
      PMID: 38219852
    • Journal Article
      Relationship Between Nociplastic Pain Involvement and Medication Use, Symptom Relief, and Adverse Effects Among People Using Medical Cannabis for Chronic Pain.
      Scott JR, Williams DA, Harte SE, Harris RE, Litinas E, Sisley S, Clauw DJ, Boehnke KF. Clin J Pain, 2024 Jan 1; 40 (1): 1 - 9. DOI:10.1097/AJP.0000000000001164
      PMID: 37823303
    • Journal Article
      Thoughtfully Integrating Cannabis Products Into Chronic Pain Treatment.
      Boehnke KF, Wu CL, Clauw DJ. Anesth Analg, 2024 Jan 1; 138 (1): 5 - 15. DOI:10.1213/ANE.0000000000005904
      PMID: 38100797
    • Journal Article
      Anomalies in the review process and interpretation of the evidence in the NICE guideline for chronic fatigue syndrome and myalgic encephalomyelitis.
      White P, Abbey S, Angus B, Ball HA, Buchwald DS, Burness C, Carson AJ, Chalder T, Clauw DJ, Coebergh J, David AS, Dworetzky BA, Edwards MJ, Espay AJ, Etherington J, Fink P, Flottorp S, Garcin B, Garner P, Glasziou P, Hamilton W, Henningsen P, Hoeritzauer I, Husain M, Huys A-CML, Knoop H, Kroenke K, Lehn A, Levenson JL, Little P, Lloyd A, Madan I, van der Meer JWM, Miller A, Murphy M, Nazareth I, Perez DL, Phillips W, Reuber M, Rief W, Santhouse A, Serranova T, Sharpe M, Stanton B, Stewart DE, Stone J, Tinazzi M, Wade DT, Wessely SC, Wyller V, Zeman A. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry, 2023 Dec; 94 (12): 1056 - 1063. DOI:10.1136/jnnp-2022-330463
      PMID: 37434321
    • Journal Article
      Sex Differences in Pain and Quantitative Sensory Testing in Patients With Rheumatoid Arthritis.
      Vogel K, Muhammad LN, Song J, Neogi T, Bingham CO, Bolster MB, Marder W, Wohlfahrt A, Clauw DJ, Dunlop D, Lee YC. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken), 2023 Dec; 75 (12): 2472 - 2480. DOI:10.1002/acr.25178
      PMID: 37365745
    • Journal Article
      Chronic overlapping pain conditions increase the risk of long COVID features, regardless of acute COVID status.
      Bergmans RS, Clauw DJ, Flint C, Harris H, Lederman S, Schrepf A. Pain, 2023 Nov 9; DOI:10.1097/j.pain.0000000000003110
      PMID: 38112577
    • Journal Article
      Risk Factors for the Development of Multisite Pain in Children.
      Kaplan CM, Schrepf A, Boehnke KF, He Y, Smith T, Williams DA, Bergmans R, Voepel-Lewis T, Hassett AL, Harris RE, Clauw DJ, Beltz AM, Harte SE. Clin J Pain, 2023 Nov 1; 39 (11): 588 - 594. DOI:10.1097/AJP.0000000000001148
      PMID: 37440345
    Featured News & Stories
    Department News
    Daniel Clauw, MD, receives NIH HEAL Initiative Director’s Award for Mentorship
    Daniel Clauw, M.D., has been recognized by the Helping to End Addiction Long-term Initiative, or NIH HEAL Initiative, for his impact through mentorship in the field of pain research.
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    Daniel Clauw, MD, among “most highly cited researchers” in 2023
    Daniel Clauw, MD, among “most highly cited researchers” of 2023 at the University of Michigan in the department of anesthesiology.
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    Daniel Clauw, M.D., and Kevin Boehnke, Ph.D., featured in New York Times opinion piece
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    Daniel Clauw, M.D., featured in Nature article on chronic pain
    In this long-form article profiling people living with chronic pain, Daniel Clauw, M.D., provides insights into the science of treating pain and matching patients with the right treatments. Clauw is a professor of anesthesiology and executive director of pain & opioid research.