Dr. Joanne Jordan Receives “Distinguished Alumni” Award from the Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association, For Decades of Professional Excellence in Medicine, Scientific Research, and Mentoring

A 1981 graduate of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Jordan received the prestigious award in recognition of her personal accomplishments and professional achievements as a clinician, researcher, mentor, and thought leader. Dr. Jordan’s recognition from Johns Hopkins cited many of her achievements, including her current role as the Joseph P. Archie, Jr. Eminent Professor of Medicine at the UNC School of Medicine, and its Vice Dean for Faculty Affairs and Leadership Development. She was also recognized for leading research initiatives that have had significant scientific and policy impact.

Over the past 30 years at UNC, Dr. Jordan has previously served in several leadership roles, including Division Chief for Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology, and Director of the UNC Thurston Arthritis Research Center. 

In addition, for 27 years she was Principal Investigator for the Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project, a leading population-based study that focuses on racial/ethnic and gender disparities in risk factors and outcomes for osteoarthritis and chronic illness.  She has served on the Board of Directors of several prestigious professional associations and medical societies, such as the American College of Rheumatology and the Osteoarthritis Research Society International.  She also chaired the Chronic Osteoarthritis Management Initiative of the U.S. Bone and Joint Initiative from 2012-2015, and served as Deputy Editor for Osteoarthritis and Cartilage from 2008-2016.  

One of Dr. Jordan’s lifelong passions and sources of professional satisfaction has been in the mentoring of students and faculty, for which she has been nationally recognized multiple times, including receiving the award for Excellence in Investigative Mentoring from the American College of Rheumatology, and the Inspirational Physician Award from the American Medical Association. 

”Receiving this recognition from Johns Hopkins during the celebration of the School of Medicine’s 125th anniversary was especially meaningful," said Dr. Jordan.  "It gave me a tremendous opportunity to reflect on the course of my career, the unexpected directions it has taken me, and the profound influence that my Hopkins mentors have had and continue to have in my life.”