Dr. Michaud serves as co-director of Forward, The National Databank for Rheumatic Diseases, the largest long-term open-cohort observational study of its kind with over 40,000 patients enrolled. Since 2007 he has been the principal investigator of the RAIN database composed of several rheumatology clinics in the Rheumatology and Arthritis Investigator’s Network.
As an active volunteer in the American College of Rheumatology and Association for Rheumatology Professionals, he has served 8 years in developing the Rheumatology Informatics System for Effectiveness (RISE) national registry. He also works closely with Dr. Ted Mikuls on the Veteran Affairs Rheumatoid Arthritis (VARA) registry.
His primary research interests revolve around pharmacoepidemiology, health outcomes, medical informatics, quality of life, and cost-effectiveness in rheumatology. Some of his current projects include: mortality in rheumatic diseases, cost-effectiveness of rheumatoid arthritis treatments, and impact of collecting patient reported outcomes via smartphones.
He has received research funding from AHRQ, NIH, Arthritis Foundation, and the Rheumatology Research Foundation, and is the director of the UNMC Rheumatology fellowship research program.