Jonathan F. Bean, MD, MS, MPH

Jonathan Bean



Associate Professor

Medical Director Spaulding Outpatient Center Cambridge
Director, Research and Education, Partners Continuing Care
Director, Research Center for Lifelong Health and Fitness

Clinical and Research Interests:
Musculoskeletal Care, Geriatric Rehabilitation, Exercise Physiology

MD, State University of New York at Buffalo, School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, 1989  
MS, Boston University Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Applied Anatomy & Physiology, 1998  
MPH, Harvard School of Public Health, 2007 
Tufts University School of Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 1993
Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, 1995.
Recertified 2004.

Research Activities:   The goal of my work is to develop a model of care that will prevent and ameliorate disability for older adults. This work is conducted within Spaulding's Center for Lifelong Health and Fitness. We have a successful track record of receiving grants for this work from both federal and private sources of funding. This work has identified modifiable impairment (risk factors) underlying functional decline and disability. Additionally, successful intervention programs and clinical demonstration projects have been conducted targeting improvement of mobility skills as well as fall and fall-related injury prevention. We are working closely with colleagues from primary care to develop new preventative care paradigms that will promote functional independence for older adults

Teaching Activities:   I am actively involved in leading the research training programs for the Department of PM&R at Harvard Medical School. I have a very successful track record of mentoring research trainees in the fields of Rehabilitation Science and Geriatric Rehabilitative Care, having been awarded a Mid-Career Training Award (K24-1K24HD070966-01) from the NIH.    

Clinical Activities:   In 1998, I established the PM&R consultation service at the Hebrew Rehabilitation Center for Aged, providing clinical care throughout their care continuum. In 2004, I became the medical director at the Spaulding Cambridge Outpatient Center. I provide care in the following areas:  Musculoskeletal Care, Sports Medicine, Geriatric Rehabilitative Care and Exercise Physiology. 

Research & Publications:  
Li X, Forman DE, Kiely DK, Larose S, Hirschberg R, Frontera WR, Bean JF. Validity of an exercise test based on habitual gait speed in mobility-limited older adults. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2012 Feb; 93(2):344-50.

Pardasaney PK, Latham NK, Jette AM, WagenaarRC, Ni P, Slavin MD, Bean JF. Sensitivity to change and responsiveness of four balance measures for community-dwelling older adults. PTJ. 2012:92(3), 388-97. 

Li X, Forman DE, Kiely DK, LaRose S, Hirschberg R, Frontera W, Bean JF. Validity of an exercise test based on habitual gait speed in mobility-limited older adults. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 93(2):344-50.    

Bean JF, Olveczky DD, Kiely DK, LaRose S, Jette AM. Performance-based versus patient-reported physical function: What are the underlying predictors? PTJ. 2011:91(12):1804-11.    

Chen, Q., Hayman, L.L., Shmerling, R.H., Bean J.F. & Leveille, S.G. (2011). Characteristics of chronic pain associated with sleep difficulty in the older population: The MOBILIZE Boston Study. J Am Geriatr Soc, 59(8):1385-92.    

Suri, P., Kiely, D.K., Leveille, S.G., Frontera, W.R. & Bean, J.F. (2011). Increased trunk extension endurance is associated with meaningful improvement in balance among older adults with mobility problems. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 92(7):1038-43.    

Sung, E., Slocum, Jr., A.H., Ma, R., Bean, J.F. & Culpepper, M.L. (2011). Design of an ankle rehabilitation device using compliant mechanisms. Journal of Medical Devices, 5(1):011001-1-7.    

Suri, P., Morgenroth, D., Kwoh, K., Kent, C., Bean, J.F., Kalichman, L. & Hunter, D. (2010). Low Back Pain and Other Musculoskeletal Pain Comorbidities in Individuals with Symptomatic Osteoarthritis of the Knee. Arthritis Care & Research, 62(12), 1715-23.    

Bean, J.F., Kiely, D.K., LaRose, S., Goldstein, R., Frontera, W.R. & Leveille, S.G. (2010). Are changes in leg power responsible for clinically meaningful differences in mobility among older adults? J Am Geriatr Soc., 58(12), 2363-2368.    

Leveille, S.G., Jones, R.N., Kiely, D.K., Shmerling, R.H., Hausdorff, J.M., Guralnik, J.M., Kiel, D.P., Lipsitz, L.A. & Bean, J.F. (2009). Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain and the Occurrence of Falls in an Older Population: The MOBILIZE Boston Study. JAMA, 302(2 0), 2214-2221.  

Suri, P., Kiely, D.K., Leveille, S.G., Frontera, W.R. & Bean, J.F. (2009).Trunk Muscle Impairments are Associated with Balance and Mobility in Older Adults: A Pilot Study. PM&R, 1(10), 916-924.     

Bean, J.F., Kiely, D.K., LaRose, S., O?Neill, E., Goldstein, R. & Frontera, W.R. (2009). Increased Velocity Exercise Specific to Task (InVEST) training vs. the National Institute on Aging?s (NIA) strength training program: changes in limb power and mobility. J Gerontol Med Sci., 64A(9), 983-991. PMCID: PMC2720885 

Eggermont, L.H.P., Bean, J.F., Guralnik, J.M. & Leveille, S.G. (2009). Comparing Pain Severity Versus Pain Location in the MOBILIZE Boston Study: Chronic Pain and Lower Extremity Function. J Gerontol Med Sci., 64A(7), 763-770. PMCID: PMC2691797    

Mayson, D., Kiely, D.K., LaRose, S. & Bean, J.F. (2008). Leg strength or velocity of movement: Which is more influential on the balance of mobility limited elders? Am J Phys Med Rehabil., 87(12), 969-976. PMCID: PMC2731581   

Bean, J.F., Kiely, D.K., LaRose, S. & Leveille, S.G. (2008).  Which impairments are most associated with high mobility performance in older adults? Implications for a rehabilitation prescription. Arch Phys Med Rehabil., 89(12), 2278-84.    

Bean, J.F., Kiely, O.K., LaRose, S.I., Alian, J.G. & Frontera, W.R. (2007). Is Stair Climb Power a Clinically Relevant Measure of Leg Power Impairments in At-Risk Older Adults? Arch Phys Med Rehabil., 88(5), 604-9.    

Kuo, H.K., Liao, K.C., Leveille, S.G., Bean, J.F., Yen, C.J., Chen, J.H., Yu, Y.H. & Tai, T.Y. (2007). Relationship of homocysteine levels to quadriceps strength, gait speed, and late-life disability in older adults. J Gerontol A Bioi Sci Med Sci., 62(4), 4 34-9.  

Leveille, S.G., Bean, J., Ngo, L., McMullen, W. & Guralnik, J.M. (2007). The pathway from musculoskeletal pain to mobility difficulty in older disabled women. Pain,128(1-2), 69-77.    

Kuo, H.K., Yen, C.J., Chen, J.H. & Bean, J.F. (2007). Association of Cardiovascular Fitness and Levels of C-reactive Protein: Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 1999-2000. Int Jnl Card., 114(1 ), 28-33.    

Bean, J.F., Bailey, A., Kiely, O.K. & Leveille, S.G. (2007).  Do attitudes toward exercise vary with differences in mobility and disability status? -- a study among low-income seniors. Disability and Rehabilitation. 29(15), 1215-20.    

Kuo, H.K., Leveille, S.G., Yen, C.J., Chai, H.M., Chang, C.H., Yeh, Y.C. & Bean, J.F. (2006). Exploring How Peak Leg Power and Habitual Walking Speed Are Linked to Late-life Disability: Data From the National Health and Nutritional Examination Survey (NHANE S) 1999-2002. Am J Phys Med Rehabil., 85(8), 650-58. 

Kuo, H.K., Bean, J.F., Yen, C.J. & Leveille, S.G. (2006). Linking C-Reactive Protein to Late-Life Disability in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 1999-2002. J Gerontol A Bioi Sci Med Sci., 61 (4), 380-7.    

Ericksen, J.J., Bean, J.F., Kiely, D.K., Hicks, G.E. & Leveille, S.G. (2006). Does gynecological surgery contribute to low back problems in later life? An analysis of the Women's Health and Aging Study. Arch Phys Med Rehabil., 87(2), 172-6.    

Herman, S., Kiely, D.K., Leveille, S.G., O'Neill, E., Cyberey, S. & Bean, J.F. (2005). Upper and Lower Limb Muscle Power Relationships in Mobility-Limited Older Adults. J Gerontol Med Sci, 60(4 ), 76-80.    

Kuo, H.K., Yen, C.J. & Bean, J.F. (2005). Levels of homocysteine are inversely associated with cardiovascular fitness in women, but not men: data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 1999?-2002. J Int Med.. 258(4), 328-35.    

Bean, J.F., Vora, A. & Frontera, W.R. (2004). The Benefits of Exercise for Community-Dwelling Older Adults. In: Arch of Phys Med Rehabil. Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 85(S3), 31-42.    

Cuoco, A., Callahan, D.C., Sayers, S., Frontera, W.R., Bean J.F. & Fielding R.A. (2004). Impact of muscle power and force on gait speed in disabled older men and women. J Gerontol Med Sci. 59(11 ), 1200-6    

Bean, J.F., Herman, S., Kiely, D.K., Frey, I.C., Leveille, S.G., Fielding, R.A. & Frontera, W.R. (2004). Increased Velocity Exercise Specific to Task (InVEST) Training: A Pilot Study Exploring Effects on Leg Power, Balance, and Mobility in Community-Dwellin g Older Women. J Am Geriatr Soc, 52(5), 799-804.  

Ouellette, M.M., LeBrasseur, N.K., Bean, J.F., Phillips, E., Stein, J., Frontera, W.R. & Fielding, R.A. (2004). High-Intensity Resistance Training Improves Muscle Strength, Self-Reported Function, and Disability in Long-Term Stroke Survivors. Stroke, 35(6), 1404-9. Epub 2004 Apr 22  

Laughton, C.A., Slavin, M., Katdare, K., Nolan, L., Bean, J.F., Kerrigan, D.C., Phillips, E., Lipsitz, L.A. & Collins, J.J. (2003). Aging, muscle activity, and balance control: physiologic changes associated with balance impairment. Gait Posture, 18(2), 101 -8.  

Bean, J.F., Leveille, S.G., Kiely, D.K., Bandinelli, S., Guralnik, J.M. & Ferrucci, L. (2003). A comparison of leg power and leg strength within the InCHIANTI study: which influences mobility more? J Gerontol A Bioi Sci Med Sci., 58(8), 728-33.    

Sayers, S.P., Bean, J., Cuoco, A., LeBrasseur, N.K., Jette, A. & Fielding, R.A. (2003). Changes in function and disability after resistance training: does velocity matter?: a pilot study. Am J Phys Med Rehabil., 82(8), 605-13.    

Bean, J.F., Kiely, D.K., Cairns, K.D. & Morris, I.N. (2003). Influence of poststroke urinary incontinence on disability: the nursing home setting. Am J Phys Med Rehabil., 82(3), 175-81.    

Bean, J.F., Kiely, D.K., Leveille, S.G., Herman, S., Huynh, C., Fielding, R. & Frontera, W. (2002). The 6-minute walk test in mobility-limited elders: what is being measured? J Gerontol A Bioi Sci Med Sci., 57(11 ), M751-6.  

Bean, J., Kiely, D.K., Leveille, S.G. & Morris, J. (2002). Associating the onset of motor impairments with disability progression in nursing home residents. Am J Phys Med Rehabil., 81 (9), 696-704; quiz 705-7, 720.  

Liu, W., Lipsitz, L.A., Montero-Odasso, M., Bean, J., Kerrigan, D.C. & Collins, J.J. (2002). Noise-enhanced vibrotactile sensitivity in older adults, patients with stroke, and patients with diabetic neuropathy. Arch Phys Med Rehabil., 83(2), 171-6.  

Fielding, R.A., LeBrasseur, N.K., Cuoco, A., Bean, J., Mizer, K. & Fiatarone Singh, M.A. (2002). High-velocity resistance training increases skeletal muscle peak power in older women. J Am Geriatr Soc., 50(4), 655-62.  

Bean, J., Herman, S., Kiely, D.K., Callahan, D., Mizer, K., Frontera, W.R. & Fielding, R.A. (2002). Weighted stair climbing in mobility-limited older people: a pilot study. J Am Geriatr Soc, 50(4), 663-70.  

Leveille, S.G., Bean, J., Bandeen-Roche, K., Jones, R., Hochberg, M. & Guralnik, J.M. (2002).  Musculoskeletal pain and risk for falls in older disabled women living in the community. JAm Geriatr Soc., 50(4), 671-8.  

Bean, J.F., Kiely, D.K., Herman, S., Leveille, S.G., Mizer, K., Frontera, W.R. & Fielding, R.A. (2002). The relationship between leg power and physical performance in mobility-limited older people. JAm Geriatr Soc., 50(3), 461-7.  

Bean, J., Walsh, A. & Frontera, W. (2001).  Brace modification improves aerobic performance in Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease: a single-subject design. Am J Phys Med Rehabil., 80(8), 578-82.  

Suzuki, T., Bean, J. & Fielding, R.A. (2001). Muscle strength and power of the ankle plantar and dorsi flexors predict functional performance in community dwelling older women. JAm Geriatr Soc., 49, 1161-1167.  

Weiss, A., Suzuki, T., Bean, J. & Fielding, R.A. (2000).  High intensity strength training improves strength and functional performance after stroke. Am J Phys Med Rehabil., 79(4), 369-76; quiz 391-4.  

Fielding, R.A., Violan, M.A., Svetkey, L., Abad, L.W., Manfredi, T.J., Cosmas, A. & Bean, J. (2000). Effects of prior exercise on eccentric exercise-induced neutrophilia and enzyme release. Med Sci Sports Exerc., 32(2), 359-64.

Boppart, M.D., Aronson, D., Gibson, L., Roubenoff, R., Abad, L.W., Bean, J., Goodyear, L.J., & Fielding, R.A. (1999).  Eccentric exercise markedly increases c-Jun NH(2)-terminal kinase activity in human skeletal muscle. J Appl Physiol. 87(5), 1668-73.  


Jonathan F. Bean is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) at Harvard Medical School. He serves as the Director of Research and Training for the Department of PM&R and Partners Continuing Care as well as Medical Director of the Spaulding Cambridge Outpatient Center. Dr. Bean also serves on the Editorial Board of the Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Governance Committee of the Association of Academic Physiatrists. In addition, he is the Liaison between the American Academy of PM&R and the American Geriatrics Society.

Dr. Bean is an internationally recognized expert in geriatric rehabilitative care as a result of his extensive experience in the conduct of clinical trials and the measurement of disablement outcomes. In 1998, he received the New Investigator Award from the American Academy of PM&R and in 2002, he was the first physiatrist to be awarded the Jahnigen Career Development Award for Surgical and Related Specialists from the American Geriatrics Society. With advanced training in exercise physiology and epidemiology, his work has focused primarily on mobility problems among older adults, addressing both risk factor reduction and disability prevention strategies. He has completed NIH-funded observational studies and clinical trials addressing all domains of disablement outcomes. Dr. Bean is deeply committed to the mentorship of trainees within geriatric rehabilitative research, having been awarded a Midcareer Investigator Award (K24) from the National Institute of Health. Within three of the last 10 years, his trainees have received best paper awards for their research from the Association of Academic Physiatrists.

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