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Finkelstein, Joel Stephen, MD

  • Associate Director, MGH Bone Density Center


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Centers & Specialties

Cancer Center

Clinical Interests
  • Bone and mineral metabolism
  • Neuroendocrinology
  • Reproductive endocrinology
Medical Education
  • MD, Washington University School of Medicine St. Louis
  • Residency, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Board Certifications
  • Internal Medicine
  • Endocrinology
  • Diabetes & Metabolism
  • Boston: Massachusetts General Hospital
Insurances Accepted
  • Aetna Health Inc.
  • Beech Street
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Blue Care 65
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Indemnity
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Managed Care
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield - Partners Plus
  • Cigna (PAL #'s)
  • Fallon Community HealthCare
  • Great-West Healthcare (formally One Health Plan)
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - ACD
  • Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan - PBO
  • Health Care Value Management (HCVM)
  • Humana/Choice Care PPO
  • MassHealth
  • Medicare
  • Medicare - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - ACD
  • Neighborhood Health Plan - PBO
  • OSW - Maine
  • OSW - New Hampshire
  • OSW - New York
  • OSW - Rhode Island
  • Private Health Care Systems (PHCS)
  • Railroad Medicare
  • Railroad Medicare - ACD
  • Senior Whole Health
  • TriCare
  • Tufts Health Plan
  • Unicare
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - ACD
  • United Healthcare (non-HMO) - PBO

Note: This provider may accept more insurance plans than shown; please call the practice to find out if your plan is accepted.

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Dr. Finkelstein obtained his Doctor of Medicine from Washington University in St. Louis in 1980. He then completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern University before coming to Massachusetts General Hospital in 1983 for specialty training in Endocrinology. He is currently an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as the Associate Director of the MGH Bone Density Center. He has served on several national committees, including the American Board of Internal Medicine Sub-specialty Board on Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism, and has received several awards including election to the American Society for Clinical Investigation. He is recognized as in international expert on osteoporosis in men and is currently a member of the Endocrine Society Clinical Practice Guidelines Taskforce for Osteoporosis in Men.

In addition to being a busy clinical investigator, Dr. Finkelstein is an active and experienced clinician with particular interest and expertise in patients with bone and mineral disorders and men with testosterone deficiency.

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Research & Publications

Research Summary

Dr. Finkelstein has several research interests. He is the Principal Investigator on an NIH-funded project to determine the relationships between sex steroids and bone metabolism, body composition, sexual function and other processes in men. He is also the Principal Investigator at MGH for the Study of Women's Health Across the Nation (SWAN), a long-term, multi-ethnic, longitudinal study of the menopause transition whose goal is to describe the effects of the menopause transition on a wide variety of issues important to women's health at mid-life, including bone loss. He has several other major research interests including the use of parathyroid hormone to treat osteoporosis and new technologies to assess changes in bone mass. His work has been published in many prestigious journals including numerous papers in the New England Journal of Medicine and JAMA. He is the author of the chapter on Osteoporosis in the last 3 editions of Cecil Textbook of Medicine.

Selected references from over 100 publications:
Finkelstein JS, Neer RM, Biller BMK, Crawford JD, Klibanski A.Osteopenia in adult men with histories of delayed puberty. N Engl J Med 326:600-4;1992

Thomas MK, Lloyd-Jones DM, Thadhani RI, Shaw AC, Deraska DJ, Kitch BT, Vamvakas EC, Dick IM, Prince RL, Finkelstein JS. Hypovitaminosis D in medical inpatients. N Engl J Med 338:777-83, 1998

Smith MR, McGovern FJ, Zietman AL, Fallon MA, Hayden DL, Schoenfeld D, Kantoff PW, Finkelstein JS.Pamidronate to prevent bone loss in men receiving gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist therapy for prostate cancer.N Engl J Med 354:948-55, 2001

Finkelstein JS, Hayes A, Hunzelman JL, Wyland JJ, Lee Hang, Neer RM.Effects of parathyroid hormone, alendronate, or both in men with osteoporosis.N Engl J Med 349:1216-26, 2003

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Boston, MA 02114-3117
Phone: 617-726-8720
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