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

Public Health, MPH, Boston University School of Public Health

History/Biochemistry, AB, Harvard College


Published on 3/24/2024

Bacon KL, Felson DT, Jafarzadeh SR, Kolachalama VB, Hausdorff JM, Gazit E, Stefanik JJ, Corrigan P, Segal NA, Lewis CE, Nevitt MC, Kumar D. Gait Alterations and Association With Worsening Knee Pain and Physical Function: A Machine Learning Approach With Wearable Sensors in the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2024 Mar 24. PMID: 38523250.

Published on 2/23/2024

Whittaker JL, Kalsoum R, Bilzon J, Conaghan PG, Crossley K, Dodge GR, Getgood A, Li X, Losina E, Mason DJ, Pietrosimone B, Risberg MA, Roemer F, Felson D, Culvenor AG, Meuffels D, Gerwin N, Simon LS, Lohmander LS, Englund M, Watt FE. Toward designing human intervention studies to prevent osteoarthritis after knee injury: A report from an interdisciplinary OARSI 2023 workshop. Osteoarthr Cartil Open. 2024 Jun; 6(2):100449. PMID: 38440780.

Published on 2/22/2024

Surendran T, Park LK, Lauber MV, Cha B, Jhun RS, Capellini TD, Kumar D, Felson DT, Kolachalama VB. Survival analysis on subchondral bone length for total knee replacement. Skeletal Radiol. 2024 Feb 22. PMID: 38388702.

Published on 2/19/2024

Liew JW, Jarraya M, Guermazi A, Lynch J, Felson D, Nevitt M, Lewis CE, Torner J, Roemer FW, Crema MD, Wang N, Becce F, Rabasa G, Pascart T, Neogi T. Intra-Articular Mineralization on Computerized Tomography of the Knee and Risk of Cartilage Damage: The Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2024 Feb 19. PMID: 38369918.

Published on 2/15/2024

Felson D, Lotz MK, Jin Y, Jones M, Kim JS, Spindler K. New approach to testing treatments for osteoarthritis: FastOA. Ann Rheum Dis. 2024 Feb 15; 83(3):274-276. PMID: 37821213.

Published on 2/14/2024

Felson DT, Misra D, LaValley M, Clancy M, Rabasa G, Lichtenstein A, Matthan N, Torner J, Lewis CE, Nevitt MC. Essential Fatty Acids and Osteoarthritis. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2024 Jun; 76(6):796-801. PMID: 38225177.

Published on 1/17/2024

Yau MS, Okoro PC, Haugen IK, Lynch JA, Nevitt MC, Lewis CE, Torner JC, Felson DT. Assessing the association of epigenetic age acceleration with osteoarthritis in the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study (MOST). Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2024 May; 32(5):585-591. PMID: 38242313.

Published on 12/17/2023

Liew JW, Turkiewicz A, Roemer FW, Frobell RB, Felson D, Englund M. Diagnostic Accuracy of Candidate Magnetic Resonance Imaging Knee Osteoarthritis Definitions Versus Radiograph in an Acute Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury Cohort. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2024 Mar; 76(3):409-414. PMID: 37781746.

Published on 11/3/2023

Doslikova K, Reeves ND, Maganaris CN, Baltzopoulos V, Verschueren SMP, Luyten FP, Jones RK, Felson DT, Callaghan MJ. The effects of a sleeve knee brace during stair negotiation in patients with symptomatic patellofemoral osteoarthritis. Clin Biomech (Bristol, Avon). 2024 Jan; 111:106137. PMID: 37988779.

Published on 10/15/2023

Liew JW, Jarraya M, Guermazi A, Lynch J, Wang N, Rabasa G, Jafarzadeh SR, Nevitt M, Torner J, Lewis CE, Felson DT, Neogi T. Relation of Intra-Articular Mineralization to Knee Pain in Knee Osteoarthritis: A Longitudinal Analysis in the MOST Study. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2023 Dec; 75(12):2161-2168. PMID: 37410792.

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