Ali Guermazi, MD, PhD, MSc
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Musculoskeletal Radiology

MD, University of Sfax
PhD, Jikei University School of Medicine
MSc, Pierre and Marie Curie University (Paris VI)

Ali Guermazi, MD, PhD, MSc is a Professor of Radiology and Medicine, Director of the Quantitative Imaging Center, and Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion at Boston University School of Medicine. He is the Chief of Radiology at the VA Boston Healthcare System. Prior to joining Boston University, he was Director of the Osteoporosis and Arthritis Research Group (OARG) at University of California at San Francisco (UCSF) and then Director of Clinical Research at Synarc, Inc. in San Francisco. Before that, Prof. Guermazi spent 12 years in Paris and worked mainly at the prestigious Saint-Louis University Hospital. Prof. Guermazi obtained his MD from Sfax University (Tunisia), then his specialty from Rene Descartes University in Paris (France) and his PhD from Jikei University in Tokyo (Japan). He is Visiting Professor at Jikei University in Tokyo and the Prefectorial University in Kyoto, Japan.

Prof. Guermazi was Deputy Editor of Radiology for almost 7 years (2013-2019). He is currently Editor-in-Chief of Skeletal Radiology, the official journal of the International Skeletal Radiology and also the President of the International Society of Osteoarthritis Imaging since 2019.

Prof. Guermazi’s interest is in musculoskeletal diseases. Of particular note are his scientific contributions in the diagnosis, incidence and disease progression assessment of osteoarthritis using MRI. His work has focused on identifying structural risk factors for developing and worsening osteoarthritis. Prof. Guermazi has been involved as an MRI reader for the past 25 years in several large U.S. studies including the Health Aging and Body Composition (Health ABC) study, the Boston Osteoarthritis Knee study (BOKS), the Multi-center Osteoarthritis STudy (MOST), the Framingham study, Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI), and other large NIH-funded studies, as well as several Pharmaceutical-sponsored clinical trials.

Prof. Guermazi is also interested in Interventional nonvascular radiology and imaging in Sports Medicine where he is The Expert Radiologist to the International Olympics Committee and Paris Saint-Germain Football team. Prof. Guermazi is the author of over 670 peer-reviewed PubMed publications, 12 books, over 50 chapters and Investigator on numerous research grants related to MRI reading for Osteoarthritis. His h-index is 111. He is the recipient of many awards among these the OARSI Excellence in Clinical Research in 2018 and the RSNA Margulis Award for the Best Paper in 2022. He has been invited to lecture in more than 70 countries world-wide.

VA Boston Healthcare System

Assistant Dean
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
Diversity & Inclusion

Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

Effect of statin intake on Non-traumatic Generalized Knee Osteoarthritis
01/01/2022 - 08/31/2024 (Subcontract PI)
The Johns Hopkins University NIH NIAMS

Partial Meniscectomy vs. Nonoperative Mgmt. in Meniscal Tear with OA: an RCT
09/05/2020 - 08/31/2024 (Subcontract PI)
The Brigham and Women's Hospital, Inc. NIH NIAMS

Gadolinium Distribution in Rat Brain After Systemic Administration of Gadolinium-Based Contrast Agents
10/01/2016 - 10/01/2019 (Co-Investigator)
PI: Lee E. Goldstein, MD, PhD
GE Healthcare, Inc.

Characterizing Electrostatic Interactions Between Glycosaminoglycans and Cationic Small Molecules
03/05/2012 - 01/31/2017 (Multi-PI)
PI: Ali Guermazi, MD, PhD, MSc
NIH/National Institutes of Health

Evaluation of Feasibility of Volume Rad X-Ray Versus Conventional X-Ray and 3.0T MRI in Bi-Lateral Knees in With and Without Osteoarthritis
02/01/2009 - 04/30/2010 (PI)
General Electric Company

Tracking Treatable Tissues: Change in qMRI Biomarkers and Future Cartilage Loss
09/15/2017 - 06/30/2022 (PI)
University of Arizona National Institutes

Risk of Incident Knee OA and Clinical Outcomes Based on Imaging Biomarkers
09/15/2014 - 08/01/2019 (PI)
University of Arizona National Institute o

Partial Meniscectomy vs Nonoperative Management in Meniscal Tear with OA: a RCT
08/01/2012 - 07/31/2017 (PI)
Brigham & Women's NIH-NIAMS

Mechanisms and Clinical Importance of Hyperkyphosis: The Framingham Study
09/30/2011 - 08/31/2016 (PI)
Hebrew Rehab C Aged NIH-NIA

Partial meniscectomy vs. nonperative management in meniscal tear with OA: an RCT
09/28/2009 - 09/27/2013 (PI)
Brigham & Women's NIH-NIAMS

Central Reading of Knee MRI in Osteroarthritis Patients
11/01/2008 - 10/31/2011 (PI)
Arthritis Centre of Canada

Osteoartritis Initiave WORMS - BLOKS Comparison Study
04/01/2008 - 10/14/2009 (PI)
Univ of California, San Francisco NIH-NIAMS

Development for a model for the MRI progression of knee osteoarthritis
03/01/2007 - 02/28/2009 (PI)
Arthritis Centre of Canada University of Britis


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  1. Moradi K, Kwee RM, Mohajer B, Guermazi A, Roemer FW, Ibad HA, Haugen IK, Berenbaum F, Demehri S. Erosive hand osteoarthritis and sarcopenia: data from Osteoarthritis Initiative cohort. Ann Rheum Dis. 2024 May 15; 83(6):799-806. PMID: 38242637
  2. Wáng YXJ, Griffith JF, Blake GM, Diacinti D, Xiao BH, Yu W, Su Y, Jiang Y, Guglielmi G, Guermazi A, Kwok TCY. Correction to: Revision of the 1994 World Health Organization T-score definition of osteoporosis for use in older East Asian women and men to reconcile it with their lifetime risk of fragility fracture. Skeletal Radiol. 2024 Apr; 53(4):627-628. PMID: 37993557
  3. Collins JE, Roemer FW, Guermazi A. Approaches to optimize analyses of multidimensional ordinal MRI data in osteoarthritis research: A perspective. Osteoarthr Cartil Open. 2024 Jun; 6(2):100465. PMID: 38601258; PMCID: PMC11004399; DOI: 10.1016/j.ocarto.2024.100465;
  4. Epelboym Y, Glaser C, Lan Z, Mandell JC, Burch E, Killoran T, Guermazi A. Transcatheter arterial tendinopathy embolization as a treatment for painful and refractory tendinopathy: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Skeletal Radiol. 2024 Mar 27. PMID: 38536416
  5. Guermazi A. AI is indeed helpful but it should always be monitored! Diagn Interv Imaging. 2024 Mar; 105(3):83-84. PMID: 38458733
  6. Wáng YXJ, Blake GM, Tang SN, Guermazi A, Griffith JF. Quantitative CT lumbar spine BMD cutpoint value for classifying osteoporosis among older East Asian women should be lower than the value for Caucasians. Skeletal Radiol. 2024 Feb 27. PMID: 38411702
  7. Liew JW, Jarraya M, Guermazi A, Lynch J, Felson D, Nevitt M, Lewis CE, Torner J, Roemer FW, Crema MD, Wang N, Becce F, Rabasa G, Pascart T, Neogi T. Intra-Articular Mineralization on Computerized Tomography of the Knee and Risk of Cartilage Damage: The Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2024 Feb 19.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38369918
  8. Roemer FW, Wirth W, Demehri S, Kijowski R, Jarraya M, Hayashi D, Eckstein F, Guermazi A. Imaging Biomarkers of Osteoarthritis. Semin Musculoskelet Radiol. 2024 Feb; 28(1):14-25. PMID: 38330967
  9. Yu W, Guan WM, Hayashi D, Lin Q, Du MM, Xia WB, Wang YJ, Guermazi A. Vertebral fracture severity assessment on anteroposterior radiographs with a new semi-quantitative technique. Osteoporos Int. 2024 May; 35(5):831-839. PMID: 38296865
  10. Jarraya M, Bitoun O, Wu D, Balza R, Guermazi A, Collins J, Gupta R, Nielsen GP, Guermazi E, Simeone FJ, Omoumi P, Melnic CM, Yee S. Dual energy computed tomography cannot effectively differentiate between calcium pyrophosphate and basic calcium phosphate diseases in the clinical setting. Osteoarthr Cartil Open. 2024 Mar; 6(1):100436. PMID: 38384979; PMCID: PMC10879789; DOI: 10.1016/j.ocarto.2024.100436;
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