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Nortin M. Hadler, MD, MACP, MACR, FACOEM - Division of Rheumatology, Allergy, and Immunology

Nortin M. Hadler, MD, MACP, MACR, FACOEM

Emeritus Professor of Medicine

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3330 Thurston Building
Chapel Hill, NC 27599


Nortin M. Hadler, MD, MACP, MACR, FACOEM

Emeritus Professor of Medicine

Areas of Interest

Dr. Hadler no longer takes new-patient referrals. However, he is available to physicians, scholars and administrators to discuss matters that relate to clinical rheumatology and to relevant issues in workplace health and safety and in health policy.


Dr. Hadler served as Attending Rheumatologist at the UNC Hospitals till 2015. In recognition of his clinical activities, he was elevated to Mastership in both the American College of Physicians and the American College of Rheumatology.

The molecular biology of hyaluran and the immunobiology of peptidoglycans were the focus of his early investigative career. Because of the contributions of his laboratory, he was selected as an Established Investigator of the American Heart Association and elected to membership in the American Society for Clinical Investigation. The focus on basic biology was superseded by what he initially termed “industrial rheumatology.” Over 200 papers and 12 books bear witness to his analyses of “the illness of work Incapacity” including the sociopolitical constraints imposed by various nations faced with the challenges of applying disability and compensation insurance schemes to predicaments such as back pain and arm pain in the workplace as well as for a more global illness narrative such as is labeled “fibromyalgia.” He is widely regarded for his critical assessment of the limitations of certainty regarding medical and surgical management of the regional musculoskeletal disorders. The third edition of his monograph, Occupational Musculoskeletal Disorders, was published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins in 2005 and provides a ready resource as to his thinking on the regional musculoskeletal disorders. In recognition of this work he was elected to the National Academy of Social Insurance and is a Fellow of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine

Twenty years ago, he turned his critical razor to much that is considered contemporary medicine at its finest. Assaults on medicalization and over-treatment have appeared in many editorials and commentaries, and in the 7 books listed below. Dr. Hadler has lectured widely, including many named lectureships, and is a frequent commentator for the print and broadcast media. He has garnered multiple awards and served lengthy Visiting Professorships in England, France, Israel and Japan. He is on the Governing Committee of the National Courts and Sciences Institute’s Center for Science, Health and the Courts. In 2015 he assumed a leadership role in an initiative designed to provide rational health care as an evidence-based, cost effective, employer-sponsored, defined contribution, insurance benefit – an initiative in monetizing altruism detailed in the most recent book.

  • Undergraduate

    Yale College

  • Medical School

    Harvard Medical School

  • Other

    Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Other

    National Institutes of Health

  • Other

    Clinical Research Centre in London