Joanne M Jordan, MD MPH, received her undergraduate education at Cornell University (NY, USA); her medical education at The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions (MD, USA); and her masters in public health at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health (NC, USA). She received training in internal medicine and subspecialty training in rheumatology and immunology at Duke University Medical Center (NC, USA). She joined the faculty of the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology at the University of North Carolina in 1987. She currently is the Chief of the Division of Rheumatology, Allergy and Immunology and the Director of the Thurston Arthritis Research Center at the University of North Carolina. Her research interests are in the epidemiology and genetics of osteoarthritis and disability. She is the principal investigator of the Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project, a large, >20-year, community-based prospective study of individuals aged 45 years and older. The study 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 phenotypic examinations of its participants for multiple chronic diseases. Dr Jordan currently serves as Chair of the US Bone and Joint Initiative's Chronic Osteoarthritis Management Initiative, whose goal is to change the medical paradigm regarding osteoarthritis by incorporating joint health assessment and management into routine medical care. She is the Deputy Editor for Clinical Science of the journal Osteoarthritis and Cartilage and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International. She is the recipient of the Osteoarthritis Research Society International's Clinical Research Award in 2007, the 2009 American College of Rheumatology Award of Distinction in Investigative Mentoring and the 2011 Rural Sociological Society's Distinguished Service to Rural Life Award.