Thomas Link, MD

Radiologist

Dr. Thomas M. Link is a board certified radiologist and chief of UCSF's Musculoskeletal Imaging section in the department of radiology and biomedical imaging. As clinical director of the Musculoskeletal and Quantitative Imaging Research (MQIR) Group, Link's main interest is translational research. 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.

Link completed his medical residency in Muenster, Germany. He performed a research fellowship at University of California, San Francisco. He is a professor of radiology at UCSF. Before joining the UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging in 2003 he was a vice-chair of the department of radiology at the Technical University of Munich.

Clinics

UCSF Imaging Center at Montgomery Street
1725 Montgomery St., Suite 250
San Francisco, CA 94111
Scheduling: (415) 353-2573
Phone: (415) 502-1330
Fax: (415) 986-2213

Hours: Monday to Friday 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Academic Title

Professor

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Additional Languages

French
German

Education

Johannes Gutenberg University School of Medicine 1987

Residencies

University of Muenster School of Medicine 1993

Fellowships

University of Muenster School of Medicine, Radiology 1993
UCSF Medical Center, Radiology 1997

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Neumann J, Hofmann FC, Heilmeier U, Ashmeik W, Tang K, Gersing AS, Schwaiger BJ, Nevitt MC, Joseph GB, Lane NE, McCulloch CE, Link TM. Type 2 Diabetes Patients Have Accelerated Cartilage Matrix Degeneration Compared to Diabetes Free Controls: Data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2018 Mar 29.
  2. Link TM, Li X. Establishing compositional MRI of cartilage as a biomarker for clinical practice. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2018 Mar 15.
  3. Gersing AS, Schwaiger BJ, Nevitt MC, Joseph GB, Chanchek N, Guimaraes JB, Mbapte Wamba J, Facchetti L, McCulloch CE, Link TM. Is Weight Loss Associated with Less Progression of Changes in Knee Articular Cartilage among Obese and Overweight Patients as Assessed with MR Imaging over 48 Months? Data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative. Radiology. 2017 08; 284(2):508-520.
  4. Samaan MA, Facchetti L, Pedoia V, Tanaka MS, Link TM, Souza RB, Ma CB, Li X. Cyclops lesions are associated with altered gait patterns and medial knee joint cartilage degeneration at 1 year after ACL-reconstruction. J Orthop Res. 2017 10; 35(10):2275-2281.
  5. Link TM, Neumann J, Li X. Prestructural cartilage assessment using MRI. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2017 Apr; 45(4):949-965.
  6. Samaan MA, Schwaiger BJ, Gallo MC, Sada K, Link TM, Zhang AL, Majumdar S, Souza RB. Joint Loading in the Sagittal Plane During Gait Is Associated With Hip Joint Abnormalities in Patients With Femoroacetabular Impingement. Am J Sports Med. 2017 Mar; 45(4):810-818.
  7. Facchetti L, Schwaiger BJ, Gersing AS, Guimaraes JB, Nardo L, Majumdar S, Ma BC, Link TM, Li X. Cyclops lesions detected by MRI are frequent findings after ACL surgical reconstruction but do not impact clinical outcome over 2 years. Eur Radiol. 2017 Aug; 27(8):3499-3508.
  8. Gong J, Pedoia V, Facchetti L, Link TM, Ma CB, Li X. Bone marrow edema-like lesions (BMELs) are associated with higher T1? and T2 values of cartilage in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL)-reconstructed knees: a longitudinal study. Quant Imaging Med Surg. 2016 Dec; 6(6):661-670.
  9. Guimaraes JB, Facchetti L, Schwaiger BJ, Gersing AS, Majumdar S, Ma BC, Li X, Link TM. Evolution of Intrameniscal Signal-Intensity Alterations Detected on MRI Over 24 Months in Patients With Traumatic Anterior Cruciate Ligament Tear. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2017 Feb; 208(2):386-392.
  10. Link TM, Heilmeier U. Bone Quality-Beyond Bone Mineral Density. Semin Musculoskelet Radiol. 2016 Jul; 20(3):269-278.
  11. Samaan MA, Schwaiger BJ, Gallo MC, Link TM, Zhang AL, Majumdar S, Souza RB. Abnormal Joint Moment Distributions and Functional Performance During Sit-to-Stand in Femoroacetabular Impingement Patients. PM R. 2017 Jun; 9(6):563-570.
  12. Gersing AS, Schwaiger BJ, Heilmeier U, Joseph GB, Facchetti L, Kretzschmar M, Lynch JA, McCulloch CE, Nevitt MC, Steinbach LS, Link TM. Evaluation of Chondrocalcinosis and Associated Knee Joint Degeneration Using MR Imaging: Data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative. Eur Radiol. 2017 Jun; 27(6):2497-2506.
  13. Heilmeier U, Hackl M, Skalicky S, Weilner S, Schroeder F, Vierlinger K, Patsch JM, Baum T, Oberbauer E, Lobach I, Burghardt AJ, Schwartz AV, Grillari J, Link TM. Serum miRNA Signatures Are Indicative of Skeletal Fractures in Postmenopausal Women With and Without Type 2 Diabetes and Influence Osteogenic and Adipogenic Differentiation of Adipose Tissue-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells In Vitro. J Bone Miner Res. 2016 Dec; 31(12):2173-2192.
  14. Pedoia V, Su F, Amano K, Li Q, McCulloch CE, Souza RB, Link TM, Ma BC, Li X. Analysis of the articular cartilage T1? and T2 relaxation times changes after ACL reconstruction in injured and contralateral knees and relationships with bone shape. J Orthop Res. 2017 03; 35(3):707-717.
  15. Trivedi H, Link TM, O'Donnell RJ, Horvai AE, Motamedi D. Multiple hereditary exostoses: A pseudoaneurysm masquerading as tumor. J Radiol Case Rep. 2016 Aug; 10(8):50-59.
  16. Gutierrez LB, Link T, Chaganti K, Motamedi D. Arterial calcification due to CD73 deficiency (ACDC): imaging manifestations of ectopic mineralization. Skeletal Radiol. 2016 Nov; 45(11):1583-7.
  17. Burke C, Link T, O'Donnell RJ, Cho SJ, Motamedi D. Giant Cell Tumor of Bone: Documented Progression over 4 Years from Its Origin at the Metaphysis to the Articular Surface. Case Rep Radiol. 2016; 2016:9786925.
  18. Goldman LH, Tang K, Facchetti L, Heilmeier U, Joseph GB, Nevitt MC, McCulloch CE, Souza RB, Link TM. Role of thigh muscle cross-sectional area and strength in progression of knee cartilage degeneration over 48 months - data from the Osteoarthritis Initiative. Osteoarthritis Cartilage. 2016 Dec; 24(12):2082-2091.
  19. Leeman JJ, Motamedi D, Wildman-Tobriner B, O'Donnell RJ, Link TM. Intra-articular osteoid osteoma at the femoral trochlea treated with osteochondral autograft transplantation. J Radiol Case Rep. 2016 Jun; 10(6):22-29.
  20. Patel R, Eltgroth M, Souza R, Zhang CA, Majumdar S, Link TM, Motamedi D. Loaded versus unloaded magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the knee: Effect on meniscus extrusion in healthy volunteers and patients with osteoarthritis. Eur J Radiol Open. 2016; 3:100-7.

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