Rheumatology and Immunology

Kaleb Michaud, Ph.D.

Kaleb Michaud, Ph.D.Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine
Division of Rheumatology

Academic Office:
University of Nebraska Medical Center
986270 Nebraska Medical Center
Omaha, NE 68198-6270

1997    B.S. University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
2001    M.S. Stanford University, Stanford, CA
2006    Ph.D. Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Current Hospital and Academic Appointments:
Assistant Professor, Division of Rheumatology & Immunology, Department of Internal Medicine, UNMC
Stanford University Primary Care and Outcomes Research Adjunct Affiliate
Co-Director, National Data Bank for Rheumatic Diseases, Wichita, KS

Biographical Sketch:
Dr. Michaud serves as co-director of the National Data Bank for Rheumatic Diseases (NDB), the largest long-term open-cohort observational study of its kind with over 36,000 patients enrolled. Since 2007 he has been the principal investigator of the RAIN database composed of several rheumatology clinics in the Rheumatoid Arthritis Investigator’s Network, and he has also worked closely with Dr. Ted Mikuls on the Veteran Affairs Rheumatoid Arthritis (VARA) registry. Most recently he co-founded the Arthritis Internet Registry with Robert Plenge, the Arthritis Foundation and Quest Diagnostics.  In 2001 Dr. Michaud teamed up with Frederick Wolfe and the NDB and changed research fields from physics to epidemiology. Since then his primary interests revolve around pharmacoepidemiology, health outcomes, quality of life and cost-effectiveness in rheumatology. Some of his current projects include: cost-effectiveness of total joint arthroplasty and biologic therapy in RA, mortality in rheumatic diseases and progression of disability. He receives funding from the AHRQ, NIH and Arthritis Foundation and is an active volunteer in the American College of Rheumatology.

Research Interests/Current Research:
Outcomes research in rheumatic diseases using modern epidemiological, econometric and biostatistical methods

Selected Publications/Current Publications (Selected from more than 80):
1. K Michaud, G Wallenstein, F Wolfe, “Treatment and non-treatment predictors of HAQ disability progression in
    RA: A longitudinal study of 18,485 patients”, Arthritis Care and Research, in press, 2011. PMID: 21080449
2. F Wolfe, AL Hassett, B Walitt, K Michaud, “Mortality in fibromyalgia: An 8,186 patient study over 35 years”, 
    Arthritis Care and Research, Vol. 63(1):94-101, 2011.
3. TR Mikuls, BT Fay, K Michaud, H Sayles, GM Thiele, L Caplan, D Johnson, JS Richards, GS Kerr, GW
    Cannon, A Reimold, “Associations of disease activity and treatments with mortality in men with rheumatoid
    arthritis: results from the VARA registry”, Rheumatology, Vol. 50(1)101-109, 2011.
4. F Wolfe, K Michaud, “The National Data Bank for rheumatic diseases: a multi-registry rheumatic disease data
    bank", Rheumatology, Vol. 50(1)16-24, 2011.
5. F Wolfe, K Michaud, “The Hawthorne Effect, Sponsored Trials, and the Overestimation of Treatment 
    Effectiveness", Journal of Rheumatology, Vol. 37(11):2216-2220, 2010.