Research Summary

Matthew Bucknor, MD, is an Associate Professor in Residence in the Musculoskeletal Imaging subspecialty section, and the Inaugural Associate Chair for Wellbeing and Professional Climate in the UCSF Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging. He is also the Chair of the Radiology and Biomedical Imaging Diversity Committee in the Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging at the University of California, San Francisco. He received his medical degree from Stanford School of Medicine and his four-year residency in Diagnostic Radiology at UCSF, followed by a clinical fellowship in Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention at Stanford Medical Center. After completing his fellowship, Dr. Bucknor joined the Musculoskeletal Imaging faculty as an Assistant Professor in Residence at UCSF.

Dr. Bucknor’s main research interest is developing new musculoskeletal applications of MR-guided high intensity focused ultrasound (MRgHIFU), including new treatments of bone metastases, desmoid tumors, and osteoid osteomas. He is also interested in minimally invasive interventions as well as novel techniques for evaluating bone/soft tissue tumors, along with arthropathies, and sports injuries.

Dr. Bucknor has published 30 peer-reviewed articles, including 12 first author publications.

Musculoskeletal Radiology

MR-guided high intensity focused ultrasound and minimally invasive interventions

Professional Interests:
MR-guided high intensity focused ultrasound, minimally invasive interventions, cartilage imaging, and musculoskeletal applications of PET/MR

Education and Training:
• Medical School: Stanford School of Medicine, Stanford, CA
• Internship: Kaiser Permanente, San Francisco, CA - Preliminary Internal Medicine
• Residency: University of California, San Francisco
• Fellowship: Stanford University, Stanford, CA – Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention


  • Harvard College, BA, 2003, Biochemical Sciences
  • Stanford School of Medicine, MD, 2008, Medicine
  • Kaiser San Francisco Preliminary Medicine, Internship, 2009, Internal Medicine
  • UCSF Radiology Residency, 2013, Diagnostic Radiology
  • Stanford Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention, Fellowship, 2014, Musculoskeletal Imaging

Honors & Awards

  • Andrew J. Lockhart Memorial Prize, Focused Ultrasound Foundation, 2020
  • Chancellor Award for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Leadership, UCSF, 2019
  • John A. Watson Faculty Scholar, UCSF, 2015
  • Trainee Research Prize, RSNA, 2013
  • Resident-in-Training Scholarship, Society of Interventional Radiology, 2011

Selected Publications

  1. Expert Panel on Musculoskeletal Imaging, Thomas JM, Chang EY, Ha AS, Bartolotta RJ, Bucknor MD, Caracciolo JT, Chen KC, Flug J, Kumaravel M, Raizman NM, Ross AB, Silvis ML, Surasi DS, Beaman FD. ACR Appropriateness Criteria� Chronic Elbow Pain. J Am Coll Radiol. 2022 Nov; 19(11S):S256-S265.  View on PubMed
  2. Expert Panel on Musculoskeletal Imaging, Ha AS, Chang EY, Bartolotta RJ, Bucknor MD, Chen KC, Ellis HB, Flug J, Leschied JR, Ross AB, Sharma A, Thomas JM, Beaman FD. ACR Appropriateness Criteria� Osteonecrosis: 2022 Update. J Am Coll Radiol. 2022 Nov; 19(11S):S409-S416.  View on PubMed
  3. Neumann J, Zhang AL, Bucknor M, Majumdar S, Souza R, Joseph GB, Link TM. Acetabular cartilage delamination: performance of MRI using arthroscopy as the standard of reference. Acta Radiol. 2022 Jul 28; 2841851221113966.  View on PubMed
  4. Calvillo A?, Kodaverdian LC, Garcia R, Lichtensztajn DY, Bucknor MD. Patient-level factors influencing adherence to follow-up imaging recommendations. Clin Imaging. 2022 Oct; 90:5-10.  View on PubMed
  5. Kwon DH, Paciorek A, Zhang L, Borno HT, Bucknor M, Small EJ, Aggarwal RR. Skeletal-related events after abiraterone or enzalutamide in patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer: A population-based study using the SEER-Medicare linked dataset. Urol Oncol. 2022 08; 40(8):379.e17-379.e24.  View on PubMed
  6. Chang CY, Garner HW, Ahlawat S, Amini B, Bucknor MD, Flug JA, Khodarahmi I, Mulligan ME, Peterson JJ, Riley GM, Samim M, Lozano-Calderon SA, Wu JS. Society of Skeletal Radiology- white paper. Guidelines for the diagnostic management of incidental solitary bone lesions on CT and MRI in adults: bone reporting and data system (Bone-RADS). Skeletal Radiol. 2022 Sep; 51(9):1743-1764.  View on PubMed
  7. Bucknor MD, Baal JD, McGill KC, Infosino A, Link TM. Musculoskeletal Applications of Magnetic Resonance-Guided Focused Ultrasound. Semin Musculoskelet Radiol. 2021 Dec; 25(6):725-734.  View on PubMed
  8. Baal JD, Chen WC, Baal U, Wagle S, Baal JH, Link TM, Bucknor MD. Efficacy and safety of magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound for the treatment of painful bone metastases: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Skeletal Radiol. 2021 Dec; 50(12):2459-2469.  View on PubMed
  9. Astuto B, Flament I, Namiri NK, Shah R, Bharadwaj U, Link TM, Bucknor MD, Pedoia V, Majumdar S. Erratum: Automatic Deep Learning-assisted Detection and Grading of Abnormalities in Knee MRI Studies. Radiol Artif Intell. 2021 May; 3(3):e219001.  View on PubMed
  10. Bucknor MD, Hope TA. Reply: Disparities in PET Imaging of Prostate Cancer at a Tertiary Academic Medical Center. J Nucl Med. 2021 05 10; 62(5):748.  View on PubMed
  11. Bruno Astuto, Io Flament, Nikan K. Namiri, Rutwik Shah, Upasana Bharadwaj, Thomas M. Link, Matthew D. Bucknor, Valentina Pedoia, Sharmila Majumdar. Automatic Deep Learning Assisted Detection and Grading of Abnormalities in Knee MRI Studies. Radiology Artificial Intelligence. 2021 Jan 20; e200165.  View on PubMed
  12. Zhang W, Trivedi H, Adams M, Losey AD, Diederich CJ, Ozhinsky E, Rieke V, Bucknor MD. Anatomic thermochromic tissue-mimicking phantom of the lumbar spine for pre-clinical evaluation of MR-guided focused ultrasound (MRgFUS) ablation of the facet joint. Int J Hyperthermia. 2021; 38(1):130-135.  View on PubMed
  13. Warnert EAH, Kasper L, Meltzer CC, Lightfoote JB, Bucknor MD, Haroon H, Duggan G, Gowland P, Wald L, Miller KL, Morris EA, Anazodo UC. Resonate: Reaching Excellence Through Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in ISMRM. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2021 05; 53(5):1608-1611.  View on PubMed
  14. Bucknor MD, Chan FP, Matuoka JY, Curl PK, Kahn JG. Cost-effectiveness analysis of magnetic resonance-guided focused ultrasound ablation for palliation of refractory painful bone metastases. Int J Technol Assess Health Care. 2020 Dec 03; 37:e30.  View on PubMed
  15. Borno HT, Kuo Lin T, Odisho AY, Desai A, Koshkin V, Werner K, Legaspi N, Bucknor M, Bell A, Zhang S, Hope TA. Evaluating determinants of receipt of molecular imaging in biochemical recurrent prostate cancer. Cancer Med. 2021 01; 10(1):62-69.  View on PubMed
  16. Expert Panel on Musculoskeletal Imaging, Smith SE, Chang EY, Ha AS, Bartolotta RJ, Bucknor M, Chandra T, Chen KC, Gorbachova T, Khurana B, Klitzke AK, Lee KS, Mooar PA, Ross AB, Shih RD, Singer AD, Taljanovic MS, Thomas JM, Tynus KM, Kransdorf MJ. ACR Appropriateness Criteria� Acute Trauma to the Ankle. J Am Coll Radiol. 2020 Nov; 17(11S):S355-S366.  View on PubMed
  17. Radhika Tibrewala, Valentina Pedoia, Matthew Bucknor, Sharmila Majumdar. Principal Component Analysis of Simultaneous PET-MRI Reveals Patterns of Bone–Cartilage Interactions in Osteoarthritis. Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging. 2020 Nov 1; 52(5).  View on PubMed
  18. Bucknor MD, Lichtensztajn DY, Lin TK, Borno HT, Gomez SL, Hope TA. Disparities in PET Imaging for Prostate Cancer at a Tertiary Academic Medical Center. J Nucl Med. 2021 05 10; 62(5):695-699.  View on PubMed
  19. Ramezanpour S, Horvai AE, Zimel M, Bucknor M, Link TM. Fibroma-like perivascular epithelioid cell tumor: a rare case in a long bone. Skeletal Radiol. 2021 Apr; 50(4):821-825.  View on PubMed
  20. Glastonbury CM, Bucknor M, Wall SD, Hess CP. Hiring Through the Lens of Diversity: Strategies to Create Diverse Departments. Acad Radiol. 2021 12; 28(12):1775-1778.  View on PubMed

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