Ali Guermazi, MD, PhD

Professor, Radiology

Ali Guermazi
820 Harrison Ave


Dr. Guermazi is a French board-certified radiologist. 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. Dr. Guermazi interest is musculoskeletal diseases, in particular note are his scientific contributions in the diagnosis and disease progression assessment of osteoarthritis using MRI. His work has focused on identifying structural risk factors for developing and worsening osteoarthritis. Dr. Guermazi had been involved in developing several original and widely accepted radiological methods to assess osteoarthritis disease risk and progression, including the WORMS, BLOKS and MOAKS for the knee, HOAMS for the hip and fixed-flexion radiography for measuring joint space width. Dr. Guermazi has been involved as an MRI reader for the past 14 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. He is author of over 275 peer-reviewed publications and Investigator on numerous research grants related to MRI reading for Osteoarthritis.

Other Positions

  • Section Chief, Musculoskeletal Radiology, Radiology, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Assistant Dean, Diversity & Multicultural Affairs, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Active Staff Privileges, Radiology, Boston Medical Center


  • University of Sfax, MD
  • Jikei University School of Medicine, PhD


  • Published on 4/12/2018

    Cibere J, Guermazi A, Nicolaou S, Esdaile JM, Thorne A, Singer J, Wong H, Kopec JA, Sayre EC. Association of physical examination knee effusion with bone marrow lesions: cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses of a population-based cohort. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2018 Apr 12. PMID: 29648685.

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  • Published on 4/12/2018

    Haj-Mirzaian A, Guermazi A, Hafezi-Nejad N, Sereni C, Hakky M, Hunter DJ, Zikria B, Roemer FW, Demehri S. Superolateral Hoffa's fat pad (SHFP) oedema and patellar cartilage volume loss: quantitative analysis using longitudinal data from the Foundation for the National Institute of Health (FNIH) Osteoarthritis Biomarkers Consortium. Eur Radiol. 2018 Apr 12. PMID: 29651769.

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  • Published on 4/4/2018

    Mihalko SL, Cox P, Beavers DP, Miller GD, Nicklas BJ, Lyles M, Hunter DJ, Eckstein F, Guermazi A, Loeser RF, DeVita P, Messier SP. Effect of intensive diet and exercise on self-efficacy in overweight and obese adults with knee osteoarthritis: The IDEA randomized clinical trial. Transl Behav Med. 2018 Apr 04. PMID: 29635402.

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  • Published on 3/20/2018

    Jafarzadeh SR, Clancy M, Li JS, Apovian CM, Guermazi A, Eckstein F, Felson DT. Changes in the structural features of osteoarthritis in a year of weight loss. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2018 Mar 20. PMID: 29567521.

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  • Published on 3/8/2018

    Wasserman MS, Guermazi A, Jarraya M, Engbretsen L, AbdelKader M, Roemer FW, Hayashi D, Crema MD, Mian AZ. Evaluation of spine MRIs in athletes participating in the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Summer Olympic Games. BMJ Open Sport Exerc Med. 2018; 4(1):e000335. PMID: 29629185.

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  • Published on 3/6/2018

    Kuah D, Sivell S, Longworth T, James K, Guermazi A, Cicuttini F, Wang Y, Craig S, Comin G, Robinson D, Wilson J. Safety, tolerability and efficacy of intra-articular Progenza in knee osteoarthritis: a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled single ascending dose study. J Transl Med. 2018 Mar 06; 16(1):49. PMID: 29510712.

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  • Published on 2/26/2018

    Guermazi A, Hayashi D, Jarraya M, Crema MD, Bahr R, Roemer FW, Grangeiro J, Budgett RG, Soligard T, Domingues R, Skaf A, Engebretsen L. Sports Injuries at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Summer Olympics: Use of Diagnostic Imaging Services. Radiology. 2018 Feb 26; 171510. PMID: 29480758.

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  • Published on 2/22/2018

    Kumar N, Hafezi-Nejad N, Guermazi A, Haj-Mirzaian A, Haugen IK, Roemer FW, Demehri S. Association of Quantitative and Topographic Assessment of Heberden's Nodes with Knee Osteoarthritis: Data from Osteoarthritis Initiative. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2018 Feb 22. PMID: 29471581.

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  • Published on 2/21/2018

    Kwee RM, Hafezi-Nejad N, Roemer FW, Zikria BA, Hunter DJ, Guermazi A, Demehri S. Association of Mucoid Degeneration of the Anterior Cruciate Ligament at MR Imaging with Medial Tibiofemoral Osteoarthritis Progression at Radiography: Data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative. Radiology. 2018 Feb 21; 171565. PMID: 29465334.

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  • Published on 2/19/2018

    Wangensteen A, Guermazi A, Tol JL, Roemer FW, Hamilton B, Alonso JM, Whiteley R, Bahr R. New MRI muscle classification systems and associations with return to sport after acute hamstring injuries: a prospective study. Eur Radiol. 2018 Feb 19. PMID: 29460072.

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