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David Felson, MD, MPH

Assistant Professor Adjunct of Medicine (Rheumatology, Allergy & Immunology)

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David Felson, MD, MPH

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Biography

My research is focused on understanding how to prevent and treat osteoarthritis. Specifically, I seek to determine whether rheumatic disease treatments are effective in preventing progression and/or treating patients with osteoarthritis. Additionally, my research focuses on identifying biomechanical risk factors and testing biomechanical treatments for osteoarthritis and characterizing MRI features of normal knees and knees with pain. I also study outcome measurement in rheumatic disease and with a particular focus on rheumatoid arthritis trials. I have received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Osteoarthritis Research Society and was the inaugural recipient of the Clinical Research Award from the American College of Rheumatology. In 2022, I accepted a secondary academic appointment at the Yale School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Rheumatology, Allery & Immunology Section as an Assistant Professor Adjunct of Medicine where I will help to train residents, fellows and junior faculty members in the sound design of patient-focused studies, collection of patient-level data and analysis of study results.

Education & Training

  • Clinical Fellowship
    Boston University School of Medicine (1984)
  • Research Fellowship
    Boston University (1984)
  • MPH
    Boston University School of Public Health (1984)
  • Internship and Residency
    Case Western University Hospitals (1981)
  • MD
    John Hopkins University (1978)
  • AB
    Harvard College (1974)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Henderson Lecture AwardAmerican Geriatrics Society2002
American College of Rheumatology Clinical Research AwardAmerican College of Rheumatology2001
Engelman LectureshipUniversity of California, San Francisco2001
Distinguished Alumnus AwardBoston University School of Public Health2000
Guest LecturerIsrael Rheumatology Society2000
Osteoarthritis Research Society Award for Clinical ScienceOsteoarthritis Research Society1999
Elected, American Society for Clinical InvestigationAmerican College for Clinical Investigation1993
Henry Kunkel Young Investigator AwardAmerican College of Rheumatology1991

Professional Service

OrganizationRoleDate
Rheumatology Research FoundationGrant Review Committee2021 - Present
Arthritis FoundationOsteoarthritis Clinical Trials Network2021 - Present
Arthritis FoundationOsteoarthritis Grant Reviews2019 - 2021
American College of RheumatologyGuidelines Committee for Osteoarthritis2017 - 2020
Training Oversight Committee CTSIDirector2015 - Present
Operations Management Team, CTSIMember2015 - Present
Boston University KL2 ProgramDirector2015 - Present
Editorial Board, Arthritis and Rheumatology Co-EditorEditor2015 - Present
PCORIReview panel for pragmatic trials2014 - Present
Boston Department of MedicineGeriatric Search Committee2013 - 2016
Boston Hospital Department of MedicineAppointments and Promotions Committee2012 - 2019
Zimmer Knee CreationsConsultant2011 - 2016
Arthritis FoundationOsteoarthritis Grant Reviews2011 - 2014
American College of RheumatologyClassification and Response Criteria Committee2009 - 2012
Arthritis FoundationNational Grants Committee2008 - Present
Commonwealth of MassachusettsMember2006 - 2014
American College of RheumatologyClassification and Response Criteria Subcommittee2004 - 2008
American College of RheumatologyAbstract Selection Committee, Epidemiology and Health Services Research2004 - 2005
American College of RheumatologyACR Committee to Reevaluate Improvement Criteria in Rheumatoid Arthritis2003 - 2005
U.S. Food and Drug AdministrationArthritis Advisory Committee2003 - Present
American Board of Internal MedicineCommittee on Practice Management in Osteoarthritis (representing American College of Physicians)2001 - 2002
Journal of Rheumatology Editorial Board, Journal of RheumatologyMember1998 - 2013
American Journal of Medicine, American Journal of MedicineMember1998 - 2011
Data Safety Monitoring BoardAlexion Anti-C5 trial in rheumatoid arthritis1997 - 2003
Data Safety Monitoring BoardATTRACT trial (use of anti-TNF in rheumatoid arthritis, Centocor)1997 - 2000
U.S. Food and Drug AdministrationArthritis Advisory Committee1997 - 2002
Boston Hospital Department of MedicineResearch Planning committee1997 - 1998
Editorial Board, Osteoarthritis and CartilageMember1997 - Present
Boston Medical Center Department of Medicine Quality ImprovementChair1995 - 1997
Editorial Board, Arthritis Care ResearchMember1994 - 2010
Arthritis FoundationResearch Committee1994 - 1995
American College of RheumatologyManpower Committee1994
American College of RheumatologyAbstract Selection Committee, Epidemiology/Health Services Research Abstracts1993
Boston City Hospital Department of Medicine Quality Improvement CommitteeChair1991 - 1995
American College of RheumatologyCommittee on Outcome Measures for Rheumatoid Arthritis Trials1991 - 1994
American College of RheumatologyCommittee on Health Care Research1990 - 1995
American College of RheumatologyManpower Committee1990
Framingham Heart Study Research CommitteeMember1990 - Present
Editorial Board, Arthritis and RheumatismBoard Member1989 - 1993
Arthritis FoundationGrants Subcommittee of the A.F. Research Committee1988 - 1990
American College of RheumatologyAbstract Selection Committee, Epidemiology/Health Services Research Abstracts,1988
National Arthritis Advisory US GovernmentConsultant1987 - Present

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