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Authors > Lauren E. Elson, MD

Lauren E. Elson, MD is a Staff Physiatrist, Spaulding Outpatient Center Wellesley and Instructor, Harvard Medical School, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. She is the author of Performing Arts Medicine.


Dr. Elson attended Tufts University School of Medicine and did her residency at New York Presbyterian Hospital Columbia/Cornell. She then completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at Stanford University. She is board certified in Sports Medicine and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.


As a former professional dancer, Dr. Elson has a passion for taking care of dancers and performing artists. She is on the Dance USA Taskforce on Dance Health and is a member of the International Association of Dance Medicine and Science and the Performing Arts Medical Association. She has lectured internationally on dance health and injury prevention in addition to giving local talks on pointe readiness and health maintenance in the dancer. With more than 30 years of experience as a dancer including training in ballet, jazz, tap , hip-hop, African dance, modern, Pilates, and yoga, Dr. Elson understands the goals and challenges of the physically active population.

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