Spotlight on Training: David Felson, MD, PhD, World-Renowned Rheumatology Expert, Mentors ENACT Scientists

in News Feed, Winter 2011 Newsletter
December 19th, 2011

Under the direction of Dr. David Felson, ENACT offers a unique, world-class training program in rheumatologic rehabilitation.  Dr. David Felson, an international expert in clinical research in osteoarthritis and rheumatology, is the author of more than 400 peer reviewed publications and recipient of numerous grants and awards.  Felson is a Professor of Medicine & Epidemiology at Boston University’s School of Medicine, Chief of the Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Center Grant, and Associate Director of the Clinical Translational Science Award Training Program.  His commitment to advancing the science of rheumatologic rehabilitation is evidenced by the many researchers who have benefited from his mentorship.

It is unusual for non-physicians to have an opportunity to engage with a researcher of his caliber.  However, Felson is eager to share his expertise with ENACT Pre-Doctoral Fellows because he recognizes the link between providing quality research training programs and improving the quality of care.  According to Felson, “What we do therapeutically is not based in strong evidence and we need better evidence to advance practice.”  His primary interest lies in helping ENACT fellows structure well-designed research studies that will spearhead the development of effective interventions and provide the ability to tailor treatments to individuals.  Under Felson’s guidance, ENACT will develop a cadre of new scientists who are able to ask the right questions and produce significant contributions to strengthening the evidence for rheumatologic rehabilitation.  ENACT pre-doctoral fellows pursue a doctoral degree in rehabilitation science and receive mentoring from Dr. Felson to become strong clinical researchers.

ENACT’s  doctoral trainee program is fully supported by Boston University.  Fellows receive tuition remission and a stipend as they pursue an academic research doctoral degree.  A unique feature of ENACT’s program is its interdisciplinary focus.  Trainees have opportunities to learn from and work with experts from Boston University’s College of Health and Rehabilitation Science, Health and Disability Research Institute (under the direction of Dr. Alan Jette), and the Clinical Epidemiology Research and Training Unit (under the direction of Dr. David Felson).  Through this program, fellows develop knowledge and skills in clinical and health services research, rheumatological rehabilitation, public health, and disablement-enablement.

Keep an eye on ENACT fellows!  These well-trained researchers will make significant professional contributions as they add their expertise to field of rheumatologic rehabilitation.