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Skeletal Translational Research

About Dr. Masuda

Dr. Masuda is a Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. His research is focused on Intervertebral Disc Degeneration, Chondrocytes, Cartilage, and Tissue Engineering. His work reveals mechanisms of Joint and Spinal Diseases, Degenerative Disc Diseases, and Osteoarthritis. His team develops new therapeutic approaches and trains fellows and students to develop critical scientific  thinking, project management skills, and surgical skills.


Cheng VK, Hasegawa M, Hattori T, Ito N, Linn E, Cheng K, Hughes-Austin J, Masuda K, Sudo A. Prevalence of radiographic hip dysplasia in Japanese population-based study. Mod Rheumatol. 2022 Feb 28; 32(2):438-443. PMID: 33910453.

Afsahi AM, Lombardi AF, Wei Z, Carl M, Athertya J, Masuda K, Wallace M, Lee RR, Ma YJ. High-Contrast Lumbar Spinal Bone Imaging Using a 3D Slab-Selective UTE Sequence. Front Endocrinol (Lausanne). 2021; 12:800398.  PMID: 35069448; PMCID: PMC8777294.

Wei Z, Lombardi AF, Lee RR, Wallace M, Masuda K, Chang EY, Du J, Bydder GM, Yang W, Ma YJ. Comprehensive assessment of in vivo lumbar spine intervertebral discs using a 3D adiabatic T1ρ prepared ultrashort echo time (UTE-Adiab-T1ρ) pulse sequence. Quant Imaging Med Surg. 2022 Jan; 12(1):269-280.  PMID: 34993077; PMCID: PMC8666733.

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Koichi Masuda, M.D.


Koichi Masuda, M.D. 
Professor in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery
UC San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive
Mail Code 0863
La Jolla, CA 92093-0863

Office: (858) 246-0426
Fax: (858) 822-3807
Web: UCSD Research Profile