Christine Chung, M.D.

University of California, San Diego

Christine Chung, M.D., is a world renowned musculoskeletal (MSK) radiologist, professor of radiology, clinical translational researcher, and the director of the UC San Diego's MSK Imaging Research Group. She has recently been appointed as the Vice Chairman of Academic Affairs in the UCSD Department of Radiology. She has successfully mentored undergraduate students, medical students, radiology residents, radiology fellows, post-doctoral candidates, and junior faculty. She has more than 175 peer review manuscripts in scientific journals. She has edited three MSK radiology textbooks. Dr. Chung was recognized for her excellence in research and was awarded the President’s Medal of the International Skeletal Society. She is a fellow of the International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine, and has served as the past Chairman of the Annual Meeting Program Committee of the ISMRM.

Dr. Chung’s research interest lie in the application of novel MR pulse sequences for the characterization of musculoskeletal tissues. She and her laboratory group have done extensive work in the evaluation of short and ultrashort T2 tissues in the musculoskeletal system. This includes, among other things, articular cartilage, the TMJ, knee meniscus and cortical bone. The group is focusing on qMRI biomarkers that may serve as non-invasive references to biochemical integrity and function of tissue. The group has had longstanding grant funding from the NIH and Veterans Affairs Medical Center.