David T. Felson MD, MPH

Professor, Rheumatology

Professor, Epidemiology

650 Albany St | (617) 638-5180
David Felson



Arthritis & Autoimmune Diseases Research Center

Framingham Heart Study

Boston Nutrition Obesity Research Center

Evans Center for Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research


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


Medicine, MD, Johns Hopkins University, 1978

Public Health, MPH, Boston University School of Public Health, 1984

History, AB, Harvard College, 1971


Published on 7/29/2021

Stovall R, Peloquin C, Felson D, Neogi T, Dubreuil M. Relation of therapies for ankylosing spondylitis and psoriatic arthritis to risk of myocardial infarction: a nested case control study. BMC Rheumatol. 2021 Jul 29; 5(1):36. PMID: 34321112.

Published on 7/14/2021

Noorveriandi H, Parkes MJ, Callaghan MJ, Felson DT, O'Neill TW, Hodgson R. Assessment of bone marrow oedema-like lesions using MRI in patellofemoral knee osteoarthritis: comparison of different MRI pulse sequences. Br J Radiol. 2021 Aug 01; 94(1124):20201367. PMID: 34233484.

Published on 7/5/2021

Perry TA, O'Neill TW, Tolstykh I, Lynch J, Felson DT, Arden NK, Nevitt MC. MRI-Assessed Subchondral Cysts and Incident Knee Pain and Knee Osteoarthritis: data from the Multicentre Osteoarthritis Study. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2021 Jul 05. PMID: 34224660.

Published on 5/11/2021

Chang GH, Park LK, Le NA, Jhun RS, Surendran T, Lai J, Seo H, Promchotichai N, Yoon G, Scalera J, Capellini TD, Felson DT, Kolachalama VB. Subchondral bone length in knee osteoarthritis: A deep learning derived imaging measure and its association with radiographic and clinical outcomes. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2021 May 11. PMID: 33973737.

Published on 5/4/2021

Dai Z, Hirani V, Sahni S, Felson DT, Naganathan V, Blyth F, Le Couteur D, Handelsman D, Seibel MJ, Waite L, Kiel DP, Cumming R. Association of dietary fiber and risk of hip fracture in men from the Framingham Osteoporosis Study and the Concord Health and Ageing in Men Project. Nutr Health. 2021 May 04; 2601060211011798. PMID: 33940973.

Published on 4/24/2021

Felson D, Rabasa G, Jafarzadeh SR, Nevitt M, Lewis CE, Segal N, White DK. Factors associated with pain resolution in those with knee pain: the MOST study. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2021 Apr 24. PMID: 33901642.

Published on 4/16/2021

Liew JW, Kim SC, Peloquin C, Felson DT, Jin Y, Lii J, Neogi T. Knee osteonecrosis incidence from two real-world data sources. Osteoarthr Cartil Open. 2021 Jun; 3(2). PMID: 33959724.

Published on 4/15/2021

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 06; 73(6):912-913. PMID: 33559356.

Published on 4/6/2021

Centor RM, Felson DT. Annals On Call - Knee Osteoarthritis: Does the Type of Shoe Matter? Ann Intern Med. 2021 Apr; 174(4):OC1. PMID: 33819056.

Published on 3/26/2021

Holden MA, Callaghan M, Felson D, Birrell F, Nicholls E, Jowett S, Kigozi J, McBeth J, Borrelli B, Jinks C, Foster NE, Dziedzic K, Mallen C, Ingram C, Sutton A, Lawton S, Halliday N, Hartshorne L, Williams H, Browell R, Hudson H, Marshall M, Sowden G, Herron D, Asamane E, Peat G. Clinical and cost-effectiveness of bracing in symptomatic knee osteoarthritis management: protocol for a multicentre, primary care, randomised, parallel-group, superiority trial. BMJ Open. 2021 03 26; 11(3):e048196. PMID: 33771832.

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