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Megan Elizabeth Bowles Clowse

Associate Professor of Medicine
Medicine, Rheumatology and Immunology
Duke Box 3535, Durham, NC 27710
Baker House 07, Duke South, Trent Drive, Durham, NC 27710


Dr. Megan Clowse is an Associate Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Division of Rheumatology and Immunology; she also holds joint appointments in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Population Health Sciences.  Her clinical research focuses on the management of rheumatic diseases in pregnancy. She has cared for over 1000 pregnancies in women with rheumatic disease, collecting information on these pregnancies initially in the Duke Autoimmunity in Pregnancy Registry and Repository, and the MADRA (Maternal Autoimmune Disease Research Alliance) registry and repository.  She served on the Core Leadership Team for the inaugural American College of Rheumatology's Reproductive Health Guidelines, published January 2020.  Dr. Clowse created and, websites dedicated to improving pregnancy planning and management for patients and rheumatologists.  

Dr. Clowse was the founding director of the Duke Lupus Clinic, where she continues to see patients each week and mentor junior faculty researchers.  The team has developed a new approach to lupus classification and management and is currently collecting and analyzing patient- and physician-reported measures to  better clarify this construct.  

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Associate Professor of Medicine · 2015 - Present Medicine, Rheumatology and Immunology, Medicine
Associate Professor in Population Health Sciences · 2023 - Present Population Health Sciences, Basic Science Departments
Associate Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology · 2024 - Present Obstetrics and Gynecology, Clinical Science Departments

Education, Training & Certifications

Vanderbilt University · 1999 M.D.
University of California, Los Angeles · 1994 M.P.H.