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 9/22/2020

    Schwager JL, Nevitt MC, Torner J, Lewis CE, Matthan NR, Wang N, Sun X, Lichtenstein AH, Felson D. Is there an association of serum low density lipoprotein, high density lipoprotein or total cholesterol with development of knee osteoarthritis? Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2020 Sep 22. PMID: 32961029.

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  • Published on 9/14/2020

    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-month follow-up: The Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study (MOST). Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2020 Sep 14. PMID: 32932359.

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  • Published on 9/7/2020

    Samuels J, Pillinger MH, Jevsevar D, Felson D, Simon LS. Critical appraisal of intra-articular glucocorticoid injections for symptomatic osteoarthritis of the knee. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2020 Sep 07. PMID: 32911075.

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  • Published on 8/4/2020

    Lane N, Felson D. A Promising Treatment for Osteoarthritis? Ann Intern Med. 2020 Oct 06; 173(7):580-581. PMID: 32744863.

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  • Published on 7/22/2020

    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 Jul 22. PMID: 32700018.

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  • Published on 7/14/2020

    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. 2020 Jul 14. PMID: 32662833.

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  • Published on 7/1/2020

    Baker K, LaValley MP, Brown C, Felson DT, Ledingham A, Keysor JJ. Efficacy of Computer-Based Telephone Counseling on Long-Term Adherence to Strength Training in Elderly Patients With Knee Osteoarthritis: A Randomized Trial. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2020 07; 72(7):982-990. PMID: 31074576.

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  • Published on 6/1/2020

    Haugen IK, Felson DT, Abhishek A, Berenbaum F, Bierma-Zeinstra S, Borgen T, Herrero Beaumont G, Ishimori M, Jonsson H, Kroon FP, Maheu E, Ramonda R, Ritschl V, Stamm TA, van der Heijde D, Wittoek R, Greibrokk E, Smeets W, Kloppenburg M. Development of classification criteria for hand osteoarthritis: comparative analyses of persons with and without hand osteoarthritis. RMD Open. 2020 06; 6(2). PMID: 32584781.

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  • Published on 5/28/2020

    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 07; 72(7):1103-1110. PMID: 32039565.

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  • Published on 5/14/2020

    Nevitt MC, Felson DT. High bone density and radiographic osteoarthritis: questions answered and unanswered. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2020 09; 28(9):1151-1153. PMID: 32417559.

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