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/Biochemistry, AB, Harvard College, 1971


Published on 4/22/2023

Jarraya M, Guermazi A, Liew JW, Tolstykh I, Lynch JA, Aliabadi P, Felson DT, Clancy M, Nevitt M, Lewis CE, Torner J, Neogi T. Prevalence of intra-articular mineralization on knee computed tomography: the multicenter osteoarthritis study. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2023 Apr 22. PMID: 37088266.

Published on 4/20/2023

Studenic P, Aletaha D, Stamm TA, de Wit M, Lacaille D, Smolen JS, Felson D. Response to: Correspondence on "Testing different thresholds for patient global assessment in defining remission for rheumatoid arthritis: are the current ACR/EULAR Boolean criteria optimal?" by Studenic et al. Ann Rheum Dis. 2023 Apr 20. PMID: 37080713.

Published on 3/27/2023

Baker MC, Sheth K, Lu R, Lu D, von Kaeppler EP, Bhat A, Felson DT, Robinson WH. Increased risk of osteoarthritis in patients with atopic disease. Ann Rheum Dis. 2023 Mar 27. PMID: 36987654.

Published on 3/27/2023

Baker MC, Sheth K, Lu R, Lu D, von Kaeppler EP, Bhat A, Felson DT, Robinson WH. Increased risk of osteoarthritis in patients with atopic disease. Ann Rheum Dis. 2023 Jun; 82(6):866-872. PMID: 36987654.

Published on 3/3/2023

Costello KE, Felson DT, Jafarzadeh SR, Guermazi A, Roemer FW, Segal NA, Lewis CE, Nevitt MC, Lewis CL, Kolachalama VB, Kumar D. Gait, physical activity and tibiofemoral cartilage damage: a longitudinal machine learning analysis in the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study. Br J Sports Med. 2023 Mar 03. PMID: 36868795.

Published on 2/23/2023

Kumar D, Neogi T, Peloquin C, Marinko L, Camarinos J, Aoyagi K, Felson DT, Dubreuil M. Delayed timing of physical therapy initiation increases the risk of future opioid use in individuals with knee osteoarthritis: a real-world cohort study. Br J Sports Med. 2023 Feb 23. PMID: 36822841.

Published on 2/2/2023

Felson D, Neogi T. A clinician's perspective on the role of imaging in knee osteoarthritis in clinical practice. Skeletal Radiol. 2023 Feb 02. PMID: 36729209.

Published on 1/24/2023

Liew JW, Rabasa G, LaValley M, Collins J, Stefanik J, Roemer FW, Guermazi A, Lewis CE, Nevitt M, Torner J, Felson D. Development of a Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Based Definition of Knee Osteoarthritis: Data From the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2023 Jan 24. PMID: 36693143.

Published on 12/23/2022

Bacon KL, Felson DT, Jafarzadeh SR, Kolachalama VB, Hausdorff JM, Gazit E, Segal NA, Lewis CE, Nevitt MC, Kumar D. Relation of gait measures with mild unilateral knee pain during walking using machine learning. Sci Rep. 2022 Dec 23; 12(1):22200. PMID: 36564397.

Published on 12/22/2022

Yau MS, Jonsson H, Lynch JA, Lewis CE, Torner JC, Nevitt MC, Felson DT. Do associations with hand OA vary by knee osteoarthritis phenotype? Cross-sectional data from the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study. Osteoarthr Cartil Open. 2023 Mar; 5(1):100331. PMID: 36605850.

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