Megan Elizabeth Bowles Clowse, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Campus mail Baker House 07, Duke South, Trent Drive, Durham, NC 27710
Phone (919) 681-2045
Email address

Dr. Megan Clowse is an Associate Professor of Medicine in the Division of Rheumatology and Immunology.  Her clinical research focuses on the management of rheumatic diseases in pregnancy. She has cared for over 600 pregnancies in women with rheumatic disease, collecting information on these pregnancies initially in the Duke Autoimmunity in Pregnancy Registry and Repository, and now 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, a website dedicated to improving lupus 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.  

As the Co-Director of Duke Forge, Dr. Clowse has shepherding multiple Department of Medicine-funded studies to identify and build innovative approaches to using health data to improve patient care. 

In Their Words

Education and Training

  • Fellow in Rheumatology, Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, 2002 - 2005
  • Medical Residetn, Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, 1999 - 2002
  • M.D., Vanderbilt University, 1999
  • M.P.H., University of California - Los Angeles, 1994


Clowse, M. E. B., L. S. Magder, and M. Petri. “Complement and anti-double stranded DNA antibodies predict pregnancy outcomes in lupus patients.” In Arthritis and Rheumatism, 50:S408–S408. WILEY-LISS, 2004.


Clowse, M. E. B., L. S. Magder, and M. Petri. “Impact of the intensity and timing of lupus activity on pregnancy outcomes.” In Arthritis and Rheumatism, 48:S435–S435. WILEY-LISS, 2003.


Clowse, Megan E. B., and Fredrick M. Wigley. “Digital necrosis related to carboplatin and gemcitabine therapy in systemic sclerosis.” J Rheumatol 30, no. 6 (June 2003): 1341–43.