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David Felson, MD, MPH

Professor Adjunct, Internal Medicine (Rheumatology)

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David Felson, MD, MPH

Mailing Address

  • Rheumatology

    300 cedar Street

    New Haven , CT 06520

    United States



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)


  • Board Certification
    American Board of Internal Medicine, Rheumatology (1984)
  • Board Certification
    American Board of Internal Medicine, Internal Medicine (1981)

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