David T. Felson, MD, MPH

Professor, Medicine

David Felson
650 Albany St Evans Biomed Research Ctr


Dr. David Felson’s research interests include: understanding how to prevent osteoarthritis and treat osteoarthritis. In osteoarthritis, Dr. Felson’s interests include studying whether treatments for rheumatic diseases are effective and particularly in osteoarthritis, identifying biomechanical risk factors for disease and testing biomechanical treatments and characterizing MRI features of normal knees and knees with pain. He also studies outcome measurement in rheumatic disease and has focused in this work on rheumatoid arthritis trials.

Other Positions

  • Professor, Epidemiology, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Investigator, Framingham Heart Study
  • Member, Arthritis & Autoimmune Diseases Research Center, Boston University
  • Member, Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research, Boston University
  • Graduate Faculty (Primary Mentor of Grad Students), Boston University School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences


  • Johns Hopkins University, MD
  • Boston University School of Public Health, MPH
  • Harvard College, AB


  • Published on 5/14/2020

    Nevitt MC, Felson DT. High bone density and radiographic osteoarthritis: questions answered and unanswered. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2020 May 14. PMID: 32417559.

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  • Published on 5/12/2020

    Reichenbach S, Felson DT, Hincapié CA, Heldner S, Bütikofer L, Lenz A, da Costa BR, Bonel HM, Jones RK, Hawker GA, Jüni P. Effect of Biomechanical Footwear on Knee Pain in People With Knee Osteoarthritis: The BIOTOK Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2020 May 12; 323(18):1802-1812. PMID: 32396180.

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  • Published on 5/12/2020

    Studenic P, Felson DT, de Wit M, Smolen JS, Aletaha D. Response to: 'Increasing the threshold for patient global assessment in defining remission may have a different impact in patients with early and established rheumatoid arthritis' by Bugatti et al. Ann Rheum Dis. 2020 May 12. PMID: 32398283.

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  • Published on 5/7/2020

    Bacon K, LaValley MP, Jafarzadeh SR, Felson D. Does cartilage loss cause pain in osteoarthritis and if so, how much? Ann Rheum Dis. 2020 May 07. PMID: 32381567.

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  • Published on 5/4/2020

    Wallace IJ, Felson DT, Worthington S, Lieberman DE. Response to: 'Is non-industrial society undergoing an energy balance transition predisposed to accumulate abdominal adipose tissue and susceptible to knee osteoarthritis?' by Yu et al. Ann Rheum Dis. 2020 May 04. PMID: 32366523.

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  • Published on 5/1/2020

    Zhai G, Sun X, Randel E, Liu M, Wang N, Tolstykh I, Rahman P, Torner J, Lewis CE, Nevitt MC, Guermazi A, Roemer F, Felson DT. Phenylalanine is a novel marker for radiographic knee osteoarthritis progression: the MOST study. J Rheumatol. 2020 May 01. PMID: 32358162.

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  • Published on 3/12/2020

    Guermazi A, Jarraya M, Lynch JA, Felson DT, Clancy M, Nevitt M, Lewis CE, Torner J, Neogi T. Reliability of a new scoring system for intraarticular mineralization of the knee: Boston University Calcium Knee Score (BUCKS). Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2020 Jun; 28(6):802-810. PMID: 32173626.

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  • Published on 2/13/2020

    Chang GH, Felson DT, Qiu S, Guermazi A, Capellini TD, Kolachalama VB. Assessment of knee pain from MR imaging using a convolutional Siamese network. Eur Radiol. 2020 Jun; 30(6):3538-3548. PMID: 32055951.

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  • Published on 2/10/2020

    Li S, Schwartz AV, Lavalley MP, Wang N, Desai N, Sun X, Neogi T, Nevitt M, Lewis CE, Guermazi A, Roemer F, Segal N, Felson D. Association of Visceral Adiposity With Pain but Not Structural Osteoarthritis. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2020 Feb 10. PMID: 32039565.

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  • Published on 2/5/2020

    Studenic P, Felson D, de Wit M, Alasti F, Stamm TA, Smolen JS, Aletaha D. Testing different thresholds for patient global assessment in defining remission for rheumatoid arthritis: are the current ACR/EULAR Boolean criteria optimal? Ann Rheum Dis. 2020 04; 79(4):445-452. PMID: 32024651.

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