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Elizabeth J. Samelson, Ph.D.

Associate Scientist, Institute for Aging Research
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School

Major areas of research include the natural history, mechanisms, and clinical implications of excessive curvature of the thoracic spine (hyperkyphosis), the use of quantitative computed tomography (QCT) to measure features of skeletal fragility, the epidemiology of osteoporosis and related fractures, and the links between bone and vascular calcification.  Dr. Samelson co-directs the Advanced Research Training Seminar in the Hebrew SeniorLife - Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Geriatric Medicine Fellowship Program.

Dr. Samelson received an MPH from the University of Illinois at Chicago, PhD in Epidemiology from Columbia University, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship in musculoskeletal epidemiology at Boston University School of Medicine

Selected Publications

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1984    B.S.    University of Illinois; Champaign-Urbana, IL
1988    M.P.H.    University of Illinois; Chicago, IL
1997    Ph.D.    Columbia University; New York, NY
2000    Post-Doc    Boston University Medical Center; Boston, MA