Research Summary

Matthew Bucknor, MD, MFA 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 also serves as Executive Sponsor of Differences Matter, a multi-year School of Medicine initiative designed to promote equity, belonging, and anti-oppression at UCSF.

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 at UCSF.

Dr. Bucknor’s main research interest is developing new musculoskeletal applications of MR-guided high intensity focused ultrasound (MRgHIFU) for treating bone and soft tissue lesions. He also pursues research of additional minimally invasive interventions, novel techniques for evaluating bone/soft tissue tumors and musculoskeletal injuries, as well as health equity in medicine, broadly.


  • 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. Düx DM, Baal JD, Bitton R, Chen J, Brunsing RL, Sheth VR, Rosenberg J, Kim K, Ozhinsky E, Avedian R, Ganjoo K, Bucknor M, Dobrotwir A, Ghanouni P. MR-guided focused ultrasound therapy of extra-abdominal desmoid tumors: a multicenter retrospective study of 105 patients. Eur Radiol. 2023 Aug 24.  View on PubMed
  2. Magudia K, Goins S, Bucknor MD, Canon CL, Jagsi R, Arleo EK. Career Trajectory Factors Affecting Gender Diversity in Academic Radiology Department Chairs: Results of a Survey of SCARD Members. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2023 09; 221(3):391-395.  View on PubMed
  3. Bucknor MD, Narayan AK, Spalluto LB. A Framework for Developing Health Equity Initiatives in Radiology. J Am Coll Radiol. 2023 03; 20(3):385-392.  View on PubMed
  4. Bharadwaj UU, Varenika V, Carson W, Villanueva-Meyer J, Ammanuel S, Bucknor M, Robbins NM, Douglas V, Chin CT. Variant Sciatic Nerve Anatomy in Relation to the Piriformis Muscle on Magnetic Resonance Neurography: A Potential Etiology for Extraspinal Sciatica. Tomography. 2023 02 22; 9(2):475-484.  View on PubMed
  5. 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 11; 19(11S):S256-S265.  View on PubMed
  6. 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 11; 19(11S):S409-S416.  View on PubMed
  7. 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. 2023 Mar; 64(3):1122-1129.  View on PubMed
  8. Calvillo AÁ, 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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

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