Ali Guermazi, MD, PhD

Professor, Radiology

Ali Guermazi
(617) 638-6610
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 1/9/2018

    Hafezi-Nejad N, Demehri S, Guermazi A, Carrino JA. Osteoarthritis Year in Review 2017: Updates on Imaging Advancements. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2018 Jan 09. PMID: 29330100.

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  • Published on 1/9/2018

    Haj-Mirzaian A, Guermazi A, Roemer FW, Bowes MA, Conaghan PG, Demehri S. Bisphosphonates intake and its Association with Changes of Periarticular Bone Area and Three-Dimensional Shape: Data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative (OAI). Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2018 Jan 09. PMID: 29330102.

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  • Published on 12/22/2017

    Hayashi D, Roemer FW, Guermazi A. Imaging of osteoarthritis - recent research developments and future perspective. Br J Radiol. 2017 Dec 22; 20170349. PMID: 29271229.

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  • Published on 12/18/2017

    Kajabi AW, Casula V, Nissi MJ, Peuna A, Podlipská J, Lammentausta E, Saarakkala S, Guermazi A, Nieminen MT. Assessment of meniscus with adiabatic T1? and T2? relaxation time in asymptomatic subjects and patients with mild osteoarthritis: a feasibility study. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2017 Dec 18. PMID: 29269326.

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  • Published on 12/15/2017

    Kraus VB, Collins JE, Charles HC, Pieper CF, Whitley L, Losina E, Nevitt M, Hoffmann S, Roemer F, Guermazi A, Hunter DJ. Predictive Validity of Radiographic Trabecular Bone Texture in Knee Osteoarthritis: The Osteoarthritis Research Society International/Foundation for the National Institutes of Health Osteoarthritis Biomarkers Consortium. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2018 Jan; 70(1):80-87. PMID: 29024470.

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  • Published on 12/8/2017

    Keng A, Sayre EC, Guermazi A, Nicolaou S, Esdaile JM, Thorne A, Singer J, Kopec JA, Cibere J. Association of body mass index with knee cartilage damage in an asymptomatic population-based study. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2017 Dec 08; 18(1):517. PMID: 29221481.

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  • Published on 12/7/2017

    Crema MD, Jarraya M, Engebretsen L, Roemer FW, Hayashi D, Domingues R, Skaf AY, Guermazi A. Imaging-detected acute muscle injuries in athletes participating in the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Summer Olympic Games. Br J Sports Med. 2017 Dec 07. PMID: 29217532.

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  • Published on 12/1/2017

    Guermazi A, Roemer FW, Robinson P, Tol JL, Regatte RR, Crema MD. Imaging of Muscle Injuries in Sports Medicine: Sports Imaging Series. Radiology. 2017 Dec; 285(3):1063. PMID: 29155622.

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  • Published on 12/1/2017

    Kompel AJ, Li X, Guermazi A, Murakami AM. Radiographic Evaluation of Patients with Anterior Shoulder Instability. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2017 Dec; 10(4):425-433. PMID: 28965317.

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  • Published on 11/16/2017

    Guermazi A, Kalsi G, Niu J, Crema MD, Copeland RO, Orlando A, Noh MJ, Roemer FW. Structural effects of intra-articular TGF-ß1 in moderate to advanced knee osteoarthritis: MRI-based assessment in a randomized controlled trial. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2017 Nov 16; 18(1):461. PMID: 29145839.

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