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 2/15/2021

    Leyland KM, Gates LS, Sanchez-Santos MT, Nevitt MC, Felson D, Jones G, Jordan JM, Judge A, Prieto-Alhambra D, Yoshimura N, Newton JL, Callahan LF, Cooper C, Batt ME, Lin J, Liu Q, Cleveland RJ, Collins GS, Arden NK. Knee osteoarthritis and time-to all-cause mortality in six community-based cohorts: an international meta-analysis of individual participant-level data. Aging Clin Exp Res. 2021 Mar; 33(3):529-545. PMID: 33590469.

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  • Published on 2/12/2021

    Hunt MA, Charlton JM, Felson DT, Liu A, Chapman GE, Graffos A, Jones RK. Frontal plane knee alignment mediates the effect of frontal plane rearfoot motion on knee joint load distribution during walking in people with medial knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2021 Feb 12. PMID: 33582238.

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  • Published on 2/9/2021

    Solomon DH, Binstadt BA, Felson DT, Nigrovic PA. A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words, but Only if it is a Good Picture. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2021 Feb 09. PMID: 33559356.

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  • Published on 2/4/2021

    Roseen EJ, Gerlovin H, Felson DT, Delitto A, Sherman KJ, Saper RB. Which Chronic Low Back Pain Patients Respond Favorably to Yoga, Physical Therapy, and a Self-care Book? Responder Analyses from a Randomized Controlled Trial. Pain Med. 2021 Feb 04; 22(1):165-180. PMID: 32662833.

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  • Published on 2/1/2021

    Schroeder A, Wang N, Felson DT, Lewis CE, Nevitt MC, Segal NA. Knee Extensor and Flexor Torque Variability During Maximal Strength Testing and Change in Knee Pain and Physical Function at 60-Mo Follow-Up: The Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study (MOST). Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2021 02 01; 100(2):196-201. PMID: 32932359.

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  • Published on 1/15/2021

    Stovall R, Peloquin C, Felson D, Neogi T, Dubreuil M. Relation of NSAID, DMARD and TNF-inhibitors for Ankylosing Spondylitis and Psoriatic Arthritis to Risk of Total Hip and Knee Arthroplasty. J Rheumatol. 2021 Jan 15. PMID: 33452168.

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  • Published on 1/7/2021

    Felson D, Smolen JS. Trial of Upadacitinib or Abatacept in Rheumatoid Arthritis. N Engl J Med. 2021 01 07; 384(1):83. PMID: 33406336.

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  • Published on 12/15/2020

    van Buuren MMA, Arden NK, Bierma-Zeinstra SMA, Bramer WM, Casartelli NC, Felson DT, Jones G, Lane NE, Lindner C, Maffiuletti NA, van Meurs JBJ, Nelson AE, Nevitt MC, Valenzuela PL, Verhaar JAN, Weinans H, Agricola R. Statistical shape modeling of the hip and the association with hip osteoarthritis: a systematic review. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2020 Dec 15. PMID: 33338641.

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  • Published on 12/1/2020

    Chang GH, Felson DT, Qiu S, Guermazi A, Capellini TD, Kolachalama VB. Correction to: Assessment of knee pain from MR imaging using a convolutional Siamese network. Eur Radiol. 2020 Dec; 30(12):6968. PMID: 32700018.

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  • Published on 11/27/2020

    Kuusalo L, Felson DT, Wang N, Lewis CE, Torner J, Nevitt MC, Neogi T. Metabolic osteoarthritis - relation of diabetes and cardiovascular disease with knee osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2021 Feb; 29(2):230-234. PMID: 33253888.

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