Joanne M. Jordan, MD, MPH

  • AB, Cornell University, 1977
  • MD, Johns Hopkins University, 1981
  • Residency, Duke University Medical Center, 1981-1984
  • Fellowship, Duke University Medical Center, 1984-1986
  • MPH, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1991
Research Interests
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Genetics of osteoarthritis
  • Ethnic health disparities
  • Biomarkers
  • Heavy metal exposures
  • Disability
  • Hemochromatosis
Research Summary

    The main interests in Dr. Jordan's research are the epidemiology and genetics of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis of the weight-bearing joints is a leading cause of disability and work disability in this country. Several studies suggest that the rural South may be especially hard-hit by arthritis and its resultant disabilities.

    Dr. Jordan is the principal investigator of a large, community-based prospective cohort of osteoarthritis of the knee and hip in Johnston County, a rural North Carolina county. The Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project is the first of its type to include both African-Americans and Caucasians and is unique in its inclusion of radiographic, serologic, genetic, and physical and functional examinations of its participants. The study is designed to examine multiple potential causes of radiographic osteoarthritis and of pain, disability, and work disability. These include demographic, physical, metabolic and psychosocial factors, as well as diet and aspects of the rural work and home environments.

    Dr. Jordan is also the principal investigator of a large osteoarthritis genetics study and one of the principal investigators of a genetics consortium to study heredity of osteoarthritis in families. Dr. Jordan is the principal investigator of the Thurston Arthritis Research Center's Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center and the Arthritis and Immunology training grant from the National Institutes of Health which trains rheumatologists and other investigators for research careers in arthritis and immunology.

    Publications in PubMed