Thomas Link, MD, PhD

SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
Address400 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco CA 94117
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    Johannes Gutenberg UniversityM.D.1987School of Medicine
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    International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine2017Senior Fellow Award
    Osteoarthritis&Cartilage2017Outstanding Reviewer Award
    Academy of Radiology Research2016Distinguished Investigator Award
    Skeletal Radiology 2014Certificate of Special Distinction
    The Journal of Othopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy2012George J. Davies - James A. Gould, Excellence in Clinical Inquiry Award
    Current Radiology Reports2012Editor-in-Chief
    Radiology2011Editor’s Recognition Award with Distinction
    International Skeletal Society, Washington2009The Founder's Lecturer
    European Journal of Radiology2007  - 2008Editors Recognition
    World Congress on Osteoarthritis, Prague. Czech Republic2007Plenary Lecturer
    Osteoporosis Group of the European Society of Skeletal Radiology (ESSR)2006Appointed Chairman
    Osteoarthritis and Cartilage 2006  - 2008Top Cited Award
    Medical School of the Technical University of Munich, Germany2000Teaching Award
    Society of Pediatric Radiology 1997Caffey Award

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    Thomas M. Link, MD, PhD, is Chief of the Musculoskeletal Imaging Section and Clinical Director of the Musculoskeletal and Quantitative Imaging Research (MQIR) Group in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Link completed his medical residency in Muenster, Germany. He performed a research fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco in 1996 and was a Visiting Associate Professor at UCSF from 1999-2001. Before joining the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging in 2003 he was a Vice-Chair of the Department of Radiology at the Technical University of Munich.

    As Clinical Director of the Musculoskeletal and Quantitative Imaging Research (MQIR) Group, Dr. Link’s main interest is translational research. He wants to provide clinical background to basic science researchers, assessing clinical feasibility of research projects and to apply new imaging techniques in clinical studies.

    Dr. Link’s research program in MQIR has five main focuses: imaging of osteoporosis, particularly developing new imaging techniques for assessment of bone quality and density, application on new imaging techniques for the clinical assessment of osteoarthritis, cartilage and prevention of cartilage degeneration, new imaging sequences for musculoskeletal imaging at high field, and MR guided high intensity focused ultrasound for treatment of osseous abnormalities.

    Dr. Link has published extensively with more than 400 peer-reviewed articles, 48 review articles, 47 book chapters, and 3 books.

    Musculoskeletal Radiology

    Bone tumors and interventional procedures, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis

    Professional Interests:
    New techniques for musculoskeletal imaging, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, cartilage imaging, high field musculoskeletal MRI at 3.0 and 7.0T, MR-guided focused ultrasound

    Education and Training:
    • Medical School: Johannes-Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany
    • Medical School: Groote Schuur Hospital University of Cape Town, Cape Town, RSA
    • Internship: City Hospital Idar-Oberstein, Teaching Hospital of the Johannes-Gutenberg, Mainz Germany
    • Residency: Department of Radiology Center for Rheumatic Diseases of the State of Rheinland-Pfalz, Bad Kreuznach, Germany
    • Residency: Department of Radiology, KKH Hellersen, Teaching Hospital of the University of Bonn, Germany
    • Residency: Department of Radiology, University Hospital, Muenster
    • Fellowship: University of California, San Francisco Department of Radiology
    • Doctor of Philosophy: University Hospital, Muenster Department of Radiology
    • Board Examination in Radiology (including Radiation Therapy), Muenster, Germany
    • Board Examination in Diagnostic Radiology, Muenster, Germany
    • ECFMG (USMLE, Step 1 and 2)
    • Temporary California License
    • USMLE Step 3
    • DEA License
    • Permanent California License
    • Fluoroscopy Supervisor License
    • Equivalence certification of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Medicine (for German qualifications) by Center for Educational Documentation, Boston
    • Diagnostic Radiology Core Exam, American Board of Radiology
    • Board Certification Diagnostic Radiology, American Board of Radiology

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    Impact of Weight loss on Knee Joint Biochemical and Structural Degeneration
    NIH/NIAMS R01AR064771Aug 1, 2014 - Jul 31, 2019
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Translation of Quantitative Imaging in Osteoarthritis
    NIH/NIAMS P50AR060752Aug 1, 2011 - Jul 31, 2016
    Role: Co-Investigator
    T2 Relaxation Time of Knee Cartilage in the OAI Incidence Subcohort
    NIH/NIAMS U01AR059507Aug 1, 2010 - Jun 30, 2014
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Cortical Bone Porosity Identifies Diabetes Subjects With Fragility Fractures
    NIH/NIAMS RC1AR058405Sep 30, 2009 - Aug 31, 2012
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Biomedical Imaging for Clinician Scientists
    NIH/NIBIB T32EB001631Jan 1, 2004 - Jun 30, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator

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