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Steven C. Vlad, MD, PhD accepting new patients


Programs + Specialties
Research Interests Pharmacoepidemiology, adverse effects of drugs, tendonitis and chronic soft tissue pain, osteoarthritis, human research study design
Training + Education University of Iowa Medical School; University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics; Boston Medical Center
Board Certifications Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
NPI # 1275546814
Gender Male

Locations + Directions

Tufts Medical Center
South Building, 3rd Floor
800 Washington St.
Box 599
Boston, MA 02111
Fax #: 617-636-2388
Phone #: 617-636-5990

Publications + National Presentations

1. Vlad SC, LaValley MP, McAlindon TE, Felson DT. Glucosamine for pain in osteoarthritis: why do trial results differ? Arthritis Rheum. 2007 Jul;56(7):2267-77. Review. PubMed PMID: 17599746.

2. Johnson SR, Goek ON, Singh-Grewal D, Vlad SC, Feldman BM, Felson DT, Hawker GA, Singh JA, Solomon DH. Classification criteria in rheumatic diseases: a review of methodologic properties. Arthritis Rheum. 2007 Oct 15;57(7):1119-33. Review. Erratum in: Arthritis Rheum. 2007 Dec 15;57(8):1574. PubMed PMID: 17907227.

3. Vlad SC, Miller DR, Kowall NW, Felson DT. Protective effects of NSAIDs on the development of Alzheimer disease. Neurology. 2008 May 6;70(19):1672-7. doi: 10.1212/01.wnl.0000311269.57716.63. PubMed PMID: 18458226; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2758242.

4. Aletaha D, Landewe R, Karonitsch T, Bathon J, Boers M, Bombardier C, Bombardieri S, Choi H, Combe B, Dougados M, Emery P, Gomez-Reino J, Keystone E, Koch G, Kvien TK, Martin-Mola E, Matucci-Cerinic M, Michaud K, O'Dell J, Paulus H, Pincus T, Richards P, Simon L, Siegel J, Smolen JS, Sokka T, Strand V, Tugwell P, van der Heijde D, van Riel P, Vlad S, van Vollenhoven R, Ward M, Weinblatt M, Wells G, White B, Wolfe F, Zhang B, Zink A, Felson D. Reporting disease activity in clinical trials of patients with rheumatoid arthritis: EULAR/ACR collaborative recommendations. Ann Rheum Dis. 2008 Oct;67(10):1360-4. doi: 10.1136/ard.2008.091454. PubMed PMID: 18791055.

5. Vlad SC, Felson DT, Miller DR. Can health care databases be used to identify incident cases of osteonecrosis? Arthritis Res Ther. 2009;11(3):R89. doi: 10.1186/ar2731. Epub 2009 Jun 17. PubMed PMID: 19534782; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2714145.

6. van Tuyl LH, Vlad SC, Felson DT, Wells G, Boers M. Defining remission in rheumatoid arthritis: results of an initial American College of Rheumatology/European League Against Rheumatism consensus conference. Arthritis Rheum. 2009 May 15;61(5):704-10. doi: 10.1002/art.24392. Review. PubMed PMID: 19405006; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2681785.

7. Vlad SC, Neogi T, Aliabadi P, Fontes JD, Felson DT. No association between markers of inflammation and osteoarthritis of the hands and knees. J Rheumatol. 2011 Aug;38(8):1665-70. doi: 10.3899/jrheum.100971. Epub 2011 May 15. PubMed PMID: 21572158; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3193179.


Dr. Vlad is a practicing rheumatologist and epidemiologist. His research interests have included adverse effects of drugs used for the treatment of rheumatologic diseases, especially glucocorticoids and bisphosphonates, osteoarthritis, chronic soft tissue injuries, and the design of clinical research studies. He serves as the Director of Study Design and New England Baptist Hospital and holds a joint appointment with the Tufts CTSI as an epidemiologist.

Professional Memberships

American College of Rheumatology
Society for Epidemiologic Research