Ali Guermazi, MD, PhD, MSc

Professor, Radiology

Ali Guermazi
820 Harrison Ave


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.

Other Positions

  • Chief, Radiology, VA Boston Healthcare System
  • Assistant Dean, Diversity & Inclusion, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine
  • Professor, Rheumatology, Medicine, Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine


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


  • Published on 7/20/2023

    Katz JN, Collins JE, Brophy RH, Cole BJ, Cox CL, Guermazi A, Jones MH, Levy BA, MacFarlane LA, Mandl LA, Marx RG, Selzer F, Spindler KP, Wright RW, Losina E, Chang Y. Radiographic Changes Five Years After Treatment of Meniscal Tear and Osteoarthritic Changes. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2023 Jul 20. PMID: 37474452.

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  • Published on 7/6/2023

    Liew JW, Jarraya M, Guermazi A, Lynch J, Wang N, Rabasa G, Jafarzadeh SR, Nevitt M, Torner J, Lewis CE, Felson DT, Neogi T. Relation of intra-articular mineralization to knee pain in knee osteoarthritis: A longitudinal analysis in the MOST Study. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2023 Jul 06. PMID: 37410792.

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  • Published on 7/3/2023

    Girdwood MA, Patterson BE, Crossley KM, Guermazi A, Whitehead TS, Morris HG, Rio EK, Culvenor AG. Hip rotation muscle strength is implicated in the progression of early post-traumatic osteoarthritis: A longitudinal evaluation up to 5 years following ACL reconstruction. Phys Ther Sport. 2023 Sep; 63:17-23. PMID: 37419038.

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  • Published on 7/1/2023

    Patterson BE, Emery C, Crossley KM, Culvenor AG, Galarneau JM, Jaremko JL, Toomey CM, Guermazi A, Whittaker JL. Knee- and Overall Health-Related Quality of Life Following Anterior Cruciate Ligament Injury: A Cross-sectional Analysis of Australian and Canadian Cohorts. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 2023 Jul; 0(7):1-12. PMID: 37289467.

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  • Published on 5/29/2023

    Roemer FW, Hochberg MC, Carrino JA, Kompel AJ, Diaz L, Hayashi D, Crema MD, Guermazi A. Role of imaging for eligibility and safety of a-NGF clinical trials. Ther Adv Musculoskelet Dis. 2023; 15:1759720X231171768. PMID: 37284331.

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  • Published on 5/19/2023

    Liu S, Roemer F, Ge Y, Bedrick EJ, Li ZM, Guermazi A, Sharma L, Eaton C, Hochberg MC, Hunter DJ, Nevitt MC, Wirth W, Kent Kwoh C, Sun X. Comparison of evaluation metrics of deep learning for imbalanced imaging data in osteoarthritis studies. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2023 Sep; 31(9):1242-1248. PMID: 37209993.

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  • Published on 5/1/2023

    Guermazi A, Roemer FW, Jarraya M, Hayashi D. A call for screening MRI as a tool for osteoarthritis clinical trials. Skeletal Radiol. 2023 Nov; 52(11):2011-2019. PMID: 37126081.

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  • Published on 4/26/2023

    Liew JW, Rabasa G, LaValley M, Collins J, Stefanik J, Roemer FW, Guermazi A, Lewis CE, Nevitt M, Torner J, Felson D. Development of a Magnetic Resonance Imaging-Based Definition of Knee Osteoarthritis: Data From the Multicenter Osteoarthritis Study. Arthritis Rheumatol. 2023 Jul; 75(7):1132-1138. PMID: 36693143.

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  • Published on 4/22/2023

    Nguyen T, Hermann AL, Ventre J, Ducarouge A, Pourchot A, Marty V, Regnard NE, Guermazi A. High performance for bone age estimation with an artificial intelligence solution. Diagn Interv Imaging. 2023; 104(7-8):330-336. PMID: 37095034.

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  • Published on 4/22/2023

    Jarraya M, Guermazi A, Liew JW, Tolstykh I, Lynch JA, Aliabadi P, Felson DT, Clancy M, Nevitt M, Lewis CE, Torner J, Neogi T. Prevalence of intra-articular mineralization on knee computed tomography: the multicenter osteoarthritis study. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2023 Aug; 31(8):1111-1120. PMID: 37088266.

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