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 3/18/2022

    Murphy MT, Wang N, Felson DT, Nevitt MC, Lewis CE, Frey-Law L, Guermazi A, Segal NA. Association between hamstring coactivation during isokinetic quadriceps strength testing and knee cartilage worsening over 24 months. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2022 Mar 18. PMID: 35307535.

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  • Published on 3/10/2022

    Gates LS, Perry TA, Golightly YM, Nelson AE, Callahan LF, Felson D, Nevitt M, Jones G, Cooper C, Batt ME, Sanchez-Santos MT, Arden NK. Recreational Physical Activity and Risk of Incident Knee Osteoarthritis: An International Meta-Analysis of Individual Participant-Level Data. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2022 Apr; 74(4):612-622. PMID: 34730279.

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  • Published on 3/4/2022

    Liew JW, Peloquin C, Tedeschi SK, Felson DT, Zhang Y, Choi HK, Terkeltaub R, Neogi T. Proton Pump Inhibitors and Risk of Calcium Pyrophosphate Deposition in a Population-Based Study. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2022 Mar 04. PMID: 35245410.

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  • Published on 2/22/2022

    Roemer FW, Felson DT, Stefanik JJ, Rabasa G, Wang N, Crema MD, Neogi T, Nevitt MC, Torner J, Lewis CE, Peloquin C, Guermazi A. Heterogeneity of cartilage damage in Kellgren and Lawrence grade 2 and 3 knees: the MOST study. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2022 Feb 22. PMID: 35202808.

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  • Published on 2/17/2022

    Felson D, Lacaille D, LaValley MP, Aletaha D. Response to: Correspondence on 'Re-examining remission definitions in rheumatoid arthritis: considering the 28-Joint Disease Activity Score, C-reactive protein level and patient global assessment' by Felson et al. Ann Rheum Dis. 2022 Feb 17. PMID: 35177411.

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  • Published on 2/1/2022

    Haugen IK, Felson D, Abhishek A, Berenbaum F, Edwards JJ, Herrero Beaumont G, Hermann-Eriksen M, Hill CL, Ishimori M, Jonsson H, Karjalainen T, Leung YY, Maheu E, Mallen CD, Moe RH, Ramonda R, Ritschl V, Stamm TA, Szekanecz Z, van der Giesen FJ, Ritt MJPF, Wittoek R, Kjeken I, Osteras N, van de Stadt LA, Englund M, Dziedzic KS, Marshall M, Bierma-Zeinstra S, Hansen P, Greibrokk E, Smeets W, Kloppenburg M. Development of radiographic classification criteria for hand osteoarthritis: a methodological report (Phase 2). RMD Open. 2022 02; 8(1). PMID: 35121640.

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  • Published on 1/28/2022

    Felson D, LaValley M, Lacaille D, Aletaha D. Reply. ACR Open Rheumatol. 2022 Mar; 4(3):269-270. PMID: 35089654.

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  • Published on 1/28/2022

    Felson DT, Lacaille D, LaValley MP, Aletaha D. Reply. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2022 03; 74(3):502-503. PMID: 34931490.

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  • Published on 1/25/2022

    Li JS, Tsai TY, Clancy MM, Lewis CL, Felson DT, Li G. Cartilage contact characteristics of the knee during gait in individuals with obesity. J Orthop Res. 2022 Jan 25. PMID: 35076128.

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  • Published on 1/8/2022

    Schwager JL, Nevitt MC, Torner J, Lewis CE, Matthan NR, Wang N, Sun X, Lichtenstein AH, Felson D. Association of Serum Low-Density Lipoprotein, High-Density Lipoprotein, and Total Cholesterol With Development of Knee Osteoarthritis. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2022 02; 74(2):274-280. PMID: 32961029.

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