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 & Inclusion, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Professor, Rheumatology, Medicine, Boston University School of Medicine


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


  • Published on 9/1/2022

    Takkal S, Diaz L, Manuel D, Huang Q, Guermazi A. Correction to: Concomitant lipoma arborescens and synovial osteochondromatosis of the knee. Skeletal Radiol. 2022 Sep; 51(9):1907. PMID: 35467130.

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  • Published on 7/26/2022

    Su W, Liu G, Mohajer B, Wang J, Shen A, Zhang W, Liu B, Guermazi A, Gao P, Cao X, Demehri S, Wan M. Senescent preosteoclast secretome promotes metabolic syndrome associated osteoarthritis through cyclooxygenase 2. Elife. 2022 Jul 26; 11. PMID: 35881544.

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  • Published on 6/28/2022

    Collins JE, Shrestha S, Losina E, Marx RG, Guermazi A, Jarraya M, Jones MH, Levy BA, Mandl LA, Williams EE, Wright RW, Spindler KP, Katz JN. Five-Year Structural Changes in the Knee Among Patients With Meniscal Tear and Osteoarthritis: Data From a Randomized Controlled Trial of Arthroscopic Partial Meniscectomy Versus Physical Therapy. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2022 Aug; 74(8):1333-1342. PMID: 35245416.

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  • Published on 6/21/2022

    Mohajer B, Dolatshahi M, Moradi K, Najafzadeh N, Eng J, Zikria B, Wan M, Cao X, Roemer FW, Guermazi A, Demehri S. Role of Thigh Muscle Changes in Knee Osteoarthritis Outcomes: Osteoarthritis Initiative Data. Radiology. 2022 Jun 21; 212771. PMID: 35727152.

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  • Published on 6/2/2022

    Heiss DMR, Guermazi A, Janka PDMR, Uder PDMM, Li X, Hayashi D, Roemer FW. Update: Posttreatment Imaging of the Knee after Cartilage Repair. Semin Musculoskelet Radiol. 2022 Jun; 26(3):216-229. PMID: 35654091.

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  • Published on 5/31/2022

    Li J, Fu S, Gong Z, Zhu Z, Zeng D, Cao P, Lin T, Chen T, Wang X, Lartey R, Kwoh CK, Guermazi A, Roemer FW, Hunter DJ, Ma J, Ding C. MRI-based Texture Analysis of Infrapatellar Fat Pad to Predict Knee Osteoarthritis Incidence. Radiology. 2022 May 31; 212009. PMID: 35638929.

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  • Published on 5/11/2022

    Roemer FW, Guermazi A, Hannon MJ, Fujii T, Omoumi P, Hunter DJ, Eckstein F, Kwoh CK. Presence of Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Defined Inflammation Particularly in Overweight and Obese Women Increases Risk of Radiographic Knee Osteoarthritis: The POMA Study. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2022 Aug; 74(8):1391-1398. PMID: 33527736.

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  • Published on 5/6/2022

    MacFarlane LA, Yang H, Collins JE, Brophy RH, Cole BJ, Spindler KP, Guermazi A, Jones MH, Mandl LA, Martin S, Marx RG, Levy BA, Stuart M, Safran-Norton C, Wright J, Wright RW, Losina E, Katz JN. Association Between Baseline Meniscal Symptoms and Outcomes of Operative and Nonoperative Treatment of Meniscal Tear in Patients With Osteoarthritis. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2022 Aug; 74(8):1384-1390. PMID: 33650303.

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  • Published on 5/6/2022

    Hayashi D, Kompel AJ, Ventre J, Ducarouge A, Nguyen T, Regnard NE, Guermazi A. Automated detection of acute appendicular skeletal fractures in pediatric patients using deep learning. Skeletal Radiol. 2022 May 06. PMID: 35522332.

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  • Published on 5/3/2022

    Hunter DJ, Deveza LA, Collins JE, Losina E, Katz JN, Nevitt MC, Lynch JA, Roemer FW, Guermazi A, Bowes MA, Dam EB, Eckstein F, Kwoh CK, Hoffmann S, Kraus VB. Multivariable Modeling of Biomarker Data From the Phase I Foundation for the National Institutes of Health Osteoarthritis Biomarkers Consortium. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2022 Jul; 74(7):1142-1153. PMID: 33421361.

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