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Jim S. Wu, MD

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Staff Radiologist, Musculoskeletal Section, BIDMC
Assistant Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School

Medical Education:


Yale New Haven Hospital in Musculoskeletal Radiology


Yale New Haven Hospital in Diagnostic Radiology


Lahey Clinic Medical Center in Internal Medicine

Medical School

Baylor College of Medicine


Dr. Wu was born in Hualien Taiwan and move to South Texas at a young age.  He graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1994 with a BS in Biology and Concentration in the History of Art and Architecture. After graduating from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX (1999), he then completed an internal medicine internship at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA (2000). He completed his Diagnostic Radiology Residency (2004) and Musculoskeletal Imaging Fellowship (2005) at Yale/New Haven Hospital.  Dr. Wu has been on the musculoskeletal imaging staff at BIDMC since 2005.  His clinical and research interests relate to musculoskeletal neoplasms, image guided interventions, and developing novel techniques to image muscle disorders. 

He is an author of over 50 scientific articles/books/book chapters, has given 33 national/international lectures, and is a reviewer for 7 journals.  Dr. Wu also has a strong interest in medical education and served as the Radiology Residency Program Director from 2009-2011.  He has won several teaching and mentorship awards including the departmental faculty teaching award (2006, 2009), Harvard Medical School Young Mentor Award (2012) and Harvard "Excellence in Medical Student Teaching" Award (2013).  He lives in Lexington, MA with his wife and 2 children.



  1. Kerrebrock AW, Moore DP, Wu JS, Orr-Weaver TL. Mei-S332, a Drosophila Protein Required for Sister-Chromatid Cohesion, Can Localize to Meiotic Centromere Regions. Cell. 1995;83:247-256. PMID: 7585942
  2. Poon DT, Wu JS, Aldovini A. Charged Amino Acid Residues of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type I Nucleocapsid p7 Protein Involved in RNA Packaging and Infectivity. Journal of Virology. 1996;70:6607-6616. PMID: 8794295
  3. Leblanc HN, Tang TT, Wu JS, Orr-Weaver TL. The Mitotic Centromeric Protein Mei-S332 and its Role in Sister-Chromatid Cohesion. Chromosoma. 1999;108(7):401-411. PMID: 10654079
  4. Wu JS. Traumatic Aortic Injury: Diagnosis with CT Angiography. Applied Radiology. 2003;6(suppl):9-17.
  5. Raphael B, Haims AH, Wu JS, Katz LD, White LM, Lynch K. MRI Comparison of Periprosthetic Structures Around Zirconium Knee Prostheses and Cobalt Chrome Prostheses. AJR. 2006; 186:1771-1777. PMID: 16714672
  6. Wu JS, Saluja S, Garcia-Tsao G, Chong A, Henderson KJ, White RI. Liver Involvement in Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia: CT and Clinical Findings do not Correlate in Symptomatic Patients. AJR. 2006; 187(4):W399-W405. PMID: 16985112
  7. Wu JS, Covey A, Katz LD. MRI of the Postoperative Shoulder. Clin Sports Med. 2006; 25:445-464. PMID: 16798137
  8. Wu JS, Gorbachova T, Morrison WB, Haims AH. Imaging Guided Bone Biopsy for Osteomyelitis: Are There Factors Associated with Positive or Negative Cultures? AJR. 2007; 188(6):1529-34. PMID: 17515372
  9. Wu JS, Goldsmith JD, Horwich PJ, Shetty SK, Hochman MG. Image Guided Core Needle Biopsy of Bone and Soft Tissue Lesions: What factors affect diagnostic yield? Radiology. 2008; 248(3):962-970. PMID: 18710986
  10. Siegal DS, Wu JS, Brennan DD, Challies T, Hochman MG. Plantar vein thrombosis: a rare cause of plantar foot pain. Skeletal Radiol 2008; 37(3):267-9.  PMID: 18058094
  11. Wolf AB, Pesce LL, Wu JS, Smart LR, Medvecky MJ, Haims AH. Comparison of spin echo T1 weighted sequences versus fast spin echo proton density weighted sequences for evaluation of meniscal tears at 1.5 tesla. Skelet Radiol. 2009; 38(1):21-9. PMID: 18696062
  12. Rana R, Wu JS, Eisenberg RE. Patterns in Imaging: Periosteal Reaction. AJR. 2009; 193(4):W259-72. PMID: 19770293
  13. Wu JS and Hochman MG. Imaging of soft tissue tumors and tumor-like conditions: A systematic approach. Radiology. 2009; 253:297-316. PMID: 19864525
  14. Siegal DS, Wu JS, Newman JS, del Cura JL, Hochman MG. Calcific Tendinitis: A Pictorial Review. Canadian Association of Radiologists Journal. 2009; 60(5):263-72. PMID: 19931132
  15. Wu JS, Darras BT, Rutkove SB. Assessing spinal muscular atrophy with quantitative ultrasound. Neurology. 2010; 75(6):526-31. PMID: 20697104
  16. McMahon C, Wu JS, Eisenberg RE. Patterns in Imaging: Muscle Edema. AJR. 2010; 194(4):W284-92. PMID: 2030847
  17. Wu JS, Siewert B, Boiselle P. Resident Evaluation and Remediation: A comprehensive approach. JGME. 2010; June: 242-245. PMID: 21975628
  18. Yablon CM, Duggal N, Wu JS, Shetty SK, Dawson F, Hochman MG. Review of Charcot Neuroarthropathy of the Midfoot and Hindfoot: What Every Radiologist Needs to Know. Curr Probl in Diag Radiol. 2010; 39:187-99. PMID: 20674766
  19. Buettner C, Kriegel MA, Wells RE, Wu JS. Statin-Induced Myopathy and its Management. CML-Rheumatology 2010; 29(4):105-19.
  20. Bergquist ER, Wu JS, Goldsmith JD, Anderson ME. Orthopaedic Case of the Month: Ankle Pain and Swelling in a 23-year-old man. Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2010; 468(9):2556-60. PMID: 20585910
  21. Wu JS, Darras BT, Rutkove SB. Reply from the Authors: Assessing spinal muscular atrophy with quantitative ultrasound. Neurology. 2011; 76(10):933-4 (author reply). PMID:  21383332
  22. Wu JS, Buettner C, Smithline H, Ngo LH, Greenman RL. Evaluation of skeletal muscle during calf exercise measured by 31P MR spectroscopy in patients on statin medications. Muscle and Nerve. 2011; 43:76-81. PMID: 21171098
  23. Long SS, Tawa NE, Ayres DK, Abdeen A, Wu JS. Coloarticular fistula- A rare complication of revision total hip arthroplasty. Radiology Case Reports. 2011;6(3):1-4.
  24. Yablon C, Wu JS, Eisenberg RL, Slanetz P.  Report on the Status of Grand Rounds in Radiology Residency Programs in the United States.  Acad Radiol. 2011; 18:1593-1597. PMID: 22055800
  25. McMahon CJ, Madhuranthakam AJ,  Wu JS, Yablon C, Wei J, Rofsky NM, Hochman MG.  High-resolution proton density weighted three-dimensional fast spin echo (3D-FSE) of the knee with IDEAL at 1.5 tesla: Comparison with 3D-FSE and 2D-FSE—initial experience.  JMRI.  2012;35(2):361-9.
  26. Kung JW, Yablon C, Huang E, Henessey H, Wu JS.  Clinical and Radiologic Predictive Factors of Septic Hip Arthritis. AJR. 2012. 199(4):868-74. PMID: 22997380
  27. Srivastava T, Darras BT, Wu JS, Rutkove SB.  Machine learning algorithms to classify spinal muscular atrophy subtypes.  Neurology. 2012; 79(4):358-64. PMID: 22786588.
  28. Wu JS and Hochman MG.  Bone Tumors: A Practical Guide to Imaging.  Springer. 2012.  ISBN#978-1-4419-0807-0.  414 pages.
  29. Kung JW, Melenevsky Y, Hochman MG, Didolkar M, Yablon CM,  Eisenberg RL, Wu JS.  On-Call Musculoskeletal Radiographs:  Discrepancy Rates between Radiology Residents and Musculoskeletal Radiologists.  AJR. 2013; 200(4):856-9. PMID: 23521460
  30. Yablon CM, Wu JS, Eisenberg RL, Newman L, Hochman MG.  A Needs Assessment of Musculoskeletal Fellowship Training:  A Survey of Practicing Musculoskeletal Radiologists. AJR. 2013; 200(4):732-740. PMID: 23521440.
  31. Hochman MG, Wu JS. MR Imaging of Soft Tissue Tumors: An Approach to Analysis. AJR. Categorical Review Course. 2013.
  32. Didolkar M, Anderson M, Rissmiller J, Hochman MG, Goldsmith J, Gebhardt M, Wu JS.  Core Needle Biopsy of Musculoskeletal Lesions:  Are non-diagnostic results clinically useful? Clin Ortho Relat Res. 2013. 471:3601–3609. PMID: 23861048.
  33. Lee CH, Wu JS, Goldsmith JD, Kung JK.  Lipomatosis of the sciatic nerve secondary to compression by a desmoid tumor.  Skeletal Radiol.  2013; 42(12):1751-4. PMID: 23801100.
  34. Barile M, Wu JS, McMahon CJ.  Femoral Head Avascular Necrosis - a Frequently Missed Incidental Finding on Multidetector CT.  Clin Radiol. 2014;69(3):280-5. PMID: 24295736.
  35. Lee CH, Wu JS, Goldsmith JD, Kung JK.  In response to "Lipomatosis of the sciatic nerve secondary to compression by a desmoid tumor.  Skeletal Radiol. 2014; 43(2):131-2. PMID: 24270976.
  36. Zaidman CM, Wu JS, Wilder S, Darras BT, Rutkove SB.  Minimal training is required to reliably perform quantitative ultrasound of muscle.  Muscle and Nerve. 2014; 50(1):124-8. PMID: 24218288
  37. Kung JW, Wu JS, Shetty SK, Khasgiwala V, Appleton P, Hochman MG.  Spectrum and Detection of Musculoskeletal Findings on Trauma-Related CT Torso Examinations.  Emerg Radiol. 2014; 21(4):359-65.  PMID: 24557456
  38. Lin YC, Goldsmith JD, Gebhardt MC, Wu JS.  Bursal Synovial Chondromatosis Formation Following Osteochondroma Resection.  Skeletal Radiol. 2014; 43(7):997-1000.  PMID: 24453028
  39. Telischak NA, Wu JS, Eisenberg RE. Cysts and cystic-appearing lesions of the knee: A pictorial essay. Indian J Radiol Imaging. 2014; 24(2):182-91.  PMID: 25024531
  40. Rutkove SB, Geisbush T, Mijailovic A, Shklyar I, Pasternak A, Visyak N, Wu JS, Zaidman C, Darras BT. Cross-sectional evaluation of ultrasound and electrical impedance myography for the assessment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy in a clinical trial setting.  Pediatric Neurology. 2014; 51(1):88-92.  PMID:24814059
  41. Lin YC, Juan YH, Mhuircheartaigh JN, Saboo SS, Sheng TW, Wong HF, Wu JS.  Surgically challenging pulmonary and hepatic vascular malformations treated with Onyx application. VASA - European Journal of Vascular Medicine.  2014; 43(5):390-4.  PMID: 25147017
  42. Patel SP, Anthony SG, Didolkar MM, Kim PS, Wu JS, Kung JW, Dolan M, Zurakowski D, Rozental TD. Radiographic Scoring System for Distal Radius Fracture Union. J Hand Surg. 2014; 39(8):1471-9.  PMID: 24996677.
  43. Mhuircheartaigh JN, Lin YC, Wu JS.  Bone tumor mimickers: A pictorial essay.  Indian J Radiol Imaging. 2014; 24(3):225-36.  PMID: 25114385.
  44. Kung JW, Hochman MG, Lin YC, Wu JS.  Common Errors in MR Imaging of the Hip and Pelvis.  AJR. Categorical Review Course. 2014.
  45. Ho ML and Eisenberg RL.  Neuroradiology Signs.  McGraw Hill Education.  2014.  Associate editor Wu JS.  ISBN#: 978-0071804325.  496 pages.
  46. Lin YC, Mhuircheartaigh JN, Cheung YC; Juan YH; Chiu CH; Yeh WL; Wu JS.  Pain Following Double Bundle ACL Reconstruction: Evaluation with Morphologic Features and Dynamic Contrast Enhanced MRI.  Clinical Radiology.  2014.  In Press. PMID: 25060934
  47. Shklyar I, Geisbush TR, Mijialovic AS, Pasternak A, Darras BT, Wu JS, Rutkove SB, Zaidman CM.  Quantitative Muscle Ultrasound in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: A Comparison of Techniques.  Muscle and Nerve. 2014. In Press PMID:24862337.
  48. McKay RR, Zukotynski KA, Werner L, Voznesensky O, Wu JS, Smith SE, Jiang Z, Melnick K, Yuan X, Kantoff PW, Montgomery B, Balk SP, Taplin ME.  Imaging, procedural, and clinical variables associated with tumor yield on bone biopsy in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer.  Prostate Cancer P D. 2014.  In Press. PMID: 25091040.
  49. Lin YC, Mhuircheartaigh JN, Lamb J, Kung JK, Yablon C, Wu JS.  Imaging of Adult Flatfoot: Correlation of Radiographic Measurements with MRI. AJR.  In Press.
  50. Sarwar A, Wu JS, Kung JW, Lee KS, Brook A, Gauguet JM, Rosen M. Graphical representation of clinical symptoms: A tool to improve detection of subtle fractures on foot radiography. AJR. 2014.  In Press.
  51. Awan O, Wu JS, Eisenberg RE.  Imaging of Focal Sclerotic Bone Lesions: A Pictorial Essay.  Contemp Diag Radiol.  2014. In Press.
  52. Awan O, Wu JS, Eisenberg RE.  Imaging of Multifocal Sclerotic Bone Lesions: A Pictorial Essay.  Contemp Diag Radiol.  2014. In Press.