Virginia Byers Kraus

Virginia Byers Kraus

Mary Bernheim Distinguished Professor

Professor Kraus is a Duke Professor of Medicine, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Professor of Pathology and faculty member of the Duke Molecular Physiology Institute. Kraus is a molecular biologist and Rheumatologist focused on osteoarthritis--the most prevalent worldwide arthritis and the one for which there is still no disease modifying therapy. Her current studies are focused on developing joint regenerative strategies based on insights from limb regenerating animals and biochemical biomarkers to diagnose, prognose and monitor disease progression. For work related to prevention of post-traumatic arthritis, Kraus received the 2015 Kappa Delta award from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and Orthopaedic Research Society. She received an honorary PhD degree from the University of Tampere, Finland (2018), the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Osteoarthritis Research Society International (OARSI 2019), and was elected to the Association of American Physicians (2019). Professor Kraus is past President of OARSI (2013-15) and directed the NIH/NIA funded Duke OAIC Molecular Measures Core and the Duke Biomarkers Core Facility. She has served in multiple leadership roles in the field of OA research, currently as co-Pi of the FNIH Biomarker Consortium in Osteoarthritis.