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
  • Professor, Rheumatology, Boston University School of Medicine


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


  • Published on 1/10/2019

    Svensson F, Felson DT, Turkiewicz A, Guermazi A, Roemer FW, Neuman P, Englund M. Scrutinizing the cut-off for "pathological" meniscal body extrusion on knee MRI. Eur Radiol. 2019 Jan 10. PMID: 30631922.

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  • Published on 1/9/2019

    Haj-Mirzaian A, Mohajer B, Guermazi A, Shakoor D, Haugen IK, Roemer FW, Demehri S. Heberden's Nodes and Knee Osteoarthritis-related Osseous Structural Damage:Exploratory Study from the Foundation for the National Institute of Health. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2019 Jan 09. PMID: 30623610.

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  • Published on 1/4/2019

    Lee B, Parvizi J, Bramlet D, Romness DW, Guermazi A, Noh M, Sodhi N, Khlopas A, Mont MA. Results of a Phase II Study to Determine the Efficacy and Safety of Genetically Engineered Allogeneic Human Chondrocytes Expressing TGF-ß1. J Knee Surg. 2019 Jan 04. PMID: 30609439.

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  • Published on 1/1/2019

    Gholamrezanezhad A, Guermazi A, Salavati A, Alavi A. PET-Computed Tomography and PET-MR Imaging and Their Applications in the Twenty-First Century. PET Clin. 2019 01; 14(1):xv-xvii. PMID: 30420226.

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  • Published on 1/1/2019

    Cibere J, Guermazi A, Nicolaou S, Esdaile JM, Thorne A, Singer J, Wong H, Kopec JA, Sayre EC. Association of Knee Effusion Detected by Physical Examination With Bone Marrow Lesions: Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Analyses of a Population-Based Cohort. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2019 Jan; 71(1):39-45. PMID: 29648685.

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  • Published on 12/11/2018

    Beaumont H, Evans TL, Klifa C, Guermazi A, Hong SR, Chadjaa M, Monostori Z. Discrepancies of assessments in a RECIST 1.1 phase II clinical trial - association between adjudication rate and variability in images and tumors selection. Cancer Imaging. 2018 Dec 11; 18(1):50. PMID: 30537991.

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  • Published on 12/1/2018

    Roemer FW, Kwoh CK, Fujii T, Hannon MJ, Boudreau RM, Hunter DJ, Eckstein F, John MR, Guermazi A. From Early Radiographic Knee Osteoarthritis to Joint Arthroplasty: Determinants of Structural Progression and Symptoms. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2018 Dec; 70(12):1778-1786. PMID: 29438603.

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  • Published on 11/29/2018

    MacFarlane LA, Yang H, Collins JE, Jarraya M, Guermazi A, Mandl LA, Martin SD, Wright J, Losina E, Katz JN. Association of Changes in Effusion-Synovitis With Progression of Cartilage Damage Over Eighteen Months in Patients With Osteoarthritis and Meniscal Tear. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2019 Jan; 71(1):73-81. PMID: 30133187.

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  • Published on 11/28/2018

    Macri EM, Felson DT, Ziegler ML, Cooke TDV, Guermazi A, Roemer FW, Neogi T, Torner J, Lewis CE, Nevitt MC, Stefanik JJ. The association of frontal plane alignment to MRI-defined worsening of patellofemoral osteoarthritis: the MOST study. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2018 Nov 28. PMID: 30500383.

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  • Published on 11/20/2018

    Shakoor D, Kijowski R, Guermazi A, Fritz J, Roemer FW, Jalali-Farahani S, Eng J, Demehri S. Diagnosis of Knee Meniscal Injuries by Using Three-dimensional MRI: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Diagnostic Performance. Radiology. 2018 Nov 20; 181212. PMID: 30457479.

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