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Marian T. Hannan, D.Sc., M.P.H.

Co-Director, Musculoskeletal Research Center and Senior Scientist, Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Marian T. Hannan, DSc, MPH

Dr. Hannan is a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a Senior Scientist at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife in Boston, MA, USA.  She is the co-Director of the large Musculoskeletal Research Center at the Marcus Institute.  Dr. Marian T. Hannan received her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Berkeley, the Master of Public Health degree at Yale University School of Medicine and her doctorate in Epidemiology at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Hannan is the Editor-in-Chief of Arthritis Care & Research.

Dr. Hannan is currently conducting research on risk factors for arthritis, foot disorders and biomechanics, hip fracture and osteoporosis.  She is particularly interested in the effect of biomechanics upon physical function and the influence of body composition.  She is widely published with her work represented in many scientific journals in the medical field.  Dr. Hannan is the principal investigator on a number of National Institutes of Health grants with continuous NIH grant funding since 1996.  She collaborates on projects with the Framingham study and with the Johnston County Osteoarthritis Project, using the combined expertise of bioengineers, rheumatologists, nutritional epidemiologists, geneticists, molecular biologists and statisticians to quantify risk factors contributing to musculoskeletal diseases. Dr. Hannan lectures frequently at major institutions.  Dr. Hannan looks forward to continuing her leadership in teaching and training of medical and post-doctoral fellows as they build their careers in research. 

At Harvard Medical School, Dr. Hannan teaches first-year medical students as well as directing the Frailty Course at Harvard School of Public Health. Since 2004, Dr. Hannan has served on NIH study sections reviewing national grant applications, as well as providing reviews for many international science organizations. Her mentoring of young investigators includes many scientists and medical fellows in the Boston area as well as 8-10 per year across the U.S. and Canada through the U.S. Bone & Joint Initiative’s Young Investigator Initiative. 

Selected Publications

Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research
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Boston, MA 02131 


1977, B.A.,
University of California; Berkeley, CA
1981, M.P.H.,
Yale University, School of Medicine; New Haven, CT
1995, D.Sc.,
Boston University School of Public Health; Boston, MA