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 Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine, Graduate Medical Sciences


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


  • Published on 3/3/2023

    Costello KE, Felson DT, Jafarzadeh SR, Guermazi A, Roemer FW, Segal NA, Lewis CE, Nevitt MC, Lewis CL, Kolachalama VB, Kumar D. Gait, physical activity and tibiofemoral cartilage damage: a longitudinal machine learning analysis in the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study. Br J Sports Med. 2023 Mar 03. PMID: 36868795.

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  • Published on 2/23/2023

    Kumar D, Neogi T, Peloquin C, Marinko L, Camarinos J, Aoyagi K, Felson DT, Dubreuil M. Delayed timing of physical therapy initiation increases the risk of future opioid use in individuals with knee osteoarthritis: a real-world cohort study. Br J Sports Med. 2023 Feb 23. PMID: 36822841.

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  • Published on 2/2/2023

    Felson D, Neogi T. A clinician's perspective on the role of imaging in knee osteoarthritis in clinical practice. Skeletal Radiol. 2023 Feb 02. PMID: 36729209.

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  • Published on 1/24/2023

    Liew JW, Rabasa G, LaValley M, Collins J, Stefanik J, Roemer FW, Guermazi A, Lewis CE, Nevitt M, Torner J, Felson D. Development of an MRI-based definition of knee osteoarthritis: Data from the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2023 Jan 24. PMID: 36693143.

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  • Published on 12/23/2022

    Bacon KL, Felson DT, Jafarzadeh SR, Kolachalama VB, Hausdorff JM, Gazit E, Segal NA, Lewis CE, Nevitt MC, Kumar D. Relation of gait measures with mild unilateral knee pain during walking using machine learning. Sci Rep. 2022 Dec 23; 12(1):22200. PMID: 36564397.

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  • Published on 12/22/2022

    Yau MS, Jonsson H, Lynch JA, Lewis CE, Torner JC, Nevitt MC, Felson DT. Do associations with hand OA vary by knee osteoarthritis phenotype? Cross-sectional data from the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study. Osteoarthr Cartil Open. 2023 Mar; 5(1):100331. PMID: 36605850.

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  • Published on 12/13/2022

    Segal NA, Nevitt MC, Morales Aquino M, McFadden E, Ho M, Duryea J, Tolstykh I, Cheng H, He J, Lynch JA, Felson DT, Anderson DD. Improved responsiveness to change in joint space width over 24-month follow-up: comparison of 3D JSW on weight-bearing CT vs 2D JSW on radiographs in the MOST study. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2023 Mar; 31(3):406-413. PMID: 36526151.

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  • Published on 11/18/2022

    van de Stadt LA, Haugen IK, Felson D, Kloppenburg M. Prolonged morning stiffness is common in hand OA and does not preclude a diagnosis of hand osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2023 Apr; 31(4):529-533. PMID: 36403716.

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  • Published on 10/27/2022

    Corrigan P, Felson DT, Lewis CL, Neogi T, LaValley MP, Gross KD, Nevitt MC, Lewis CE, Torner JC, Stefanik JJ. Relation of Temporal Asymmetry During Walking to Two-Year Knee Pain Outcomes in Those With Mild-to-Moderate Unilateral Knee Pain: An Exploratory Analysis From the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2022 Oct 27. PMID: 36305013.

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  • Published on 10/24/2022

    Studenic P, Aletaha D, de Wit M, Stamm TA, Alasti F, Lacaille D, Smolen JS, Felson DT. American College of Rheumatology/EULAR remission criteria for rheumatoid arthritis: 2022 revision. Ann Rheum Dis. 2023 Jan; 82(1):74-80. PMID: 36280238.

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