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Derik L. Davis, MD

Academic Title:

Associate Professor

Primary Appointment:

Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine

Administrative Title:

Fellowship Director of MRI



Phone (Primary):


Education and Training



1996 A.B. History with High Honors

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH


2000 M.D. Medicine

Dartmouth Medical School (Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth), Hanover, NH


2019 Certificate in Clinical Research

The Graduate School at University of Maryland, Baltimore



Post Graduate Training


2000-2001 Internship in Internal Medicine,

National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, MD


2005-2009 Residency in Diagnostic Radiology,

Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center, Bronx, NY


2009-2010 Fellowship in Musculoskeletal Imaging,

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA


Derik L. Davis, M.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology & Nuclear Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Davis is a board-certified diagnostic radiologist who specializes in musculoskeletal imaging for several hospitals and outpatient facilities within the University of Maryland Medical System. His current clinical practice includes diagnostic imaging for musculoskeletal trauma, sports medicine, bone and soft tissue disorders, osteoporosis, musculoskeletal tumors, and arthritis. Dr. Davis also provides direct patient care for image-guided joint procedures, bone and soft tissue tumor biopsy, and musculoskeletal ultrasound.

Dr. Davis has primary clinical research interests focusing on (1) the relationship between skeletal muscle quality and shoulder dysfunction in older adults, as well as (2) the association among upper extremity dysfunction, aging and functional outcomes. Dr. Davis also has additional clinical research interests pertaining to musculoskeletal trauma, clinical history for imaging examinations, sports medicine, and musculoskeletal tumors. He has been affiliated with the University of Maryland Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Center since 2015 and is a member of the University of Maryland Center for Research on Aging.

Dr. Davis is an active participant in programs for medical student and resident education. He is the Course Director of the Musculoskeletal Radiology Elective for third and fourth year medical students, and he serves also as a faculty member for first and second year medical student courses. He is a member of his department’s Medical Student Education Committee and serves as the MRI Fellowship Director at the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Dr. Davis has co-authored over 55 peer-reviewed abstracts and publications. He serves as a reviewer for several journals and the American Roentgen Ray Society Scientific Program Subcommittee-Musculoskeletal Section.  Dr. Davis is member of the Editorial Board for the American Journal of Sports Medicine, a premiere journal in the fields of orthopaedics and sports medicine.

Research/Clinical Keywords

Shoulder and Upper Extremity Dysfunction, Skeletal Muscle Quality and Sarcopenia, Aging, Clinical History for Imaging Examinations, Musculoskeletal Trauma, Sports Medicine, Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors

Highlighted Publications

Ropp AM, Davis DL. Scapular Fractures: What Radiologists Need to Know. AJR Am J Roentgenol 2015 205(3):491-501

Davis DL, Faddoul D, Almardawi R. Practice Quality Improvement for Patient Positioning on Shoulder Magnetic Resonance Imaging to Reduce Potential Diagnostic Errors. J Am Coll Radiol 2017 14(8):1058-1061

Davis DL, Mulligan ME, Moszkowicz A, Resnik CS. Clinical History Provided by Referring Clinicians and Patients for Musculoskeletal MRI. J Am Coll Radiol 2017 14(9):1215-121

Davis DL. Hook of the Hamate: The Spectrum of Often Missed Pathologic Findings. AJR Am JRoentgenol 2017 209(5): 1110-1118

Valencia AP, Lai JK, Iyer SR, Mistretta K, Spangenburg EE, Davis DL, Lovering RM, GilotraMN. Fatty Infiltration Is A Prognostic Marker of Muscle Function After Rotator Cuff Tear. Am J Sports Med 2018 Jul;46(9):2161-2169

Davis DL, Kesler T, Gilotra MN, Almardawi R, Hasan SA, Gullapalli R, Zhuo J. Quantification of shoulder muscle intramuscular fatty infiltration on T1-weighted MR images: A viable alternative to the Goutallier classification system. Skeletal Radiol 2019 48: 535-541

Davis DL, Zhuo J, Almardawi R, Mulligan ME, Resnik CS, Abdullah SB, Al Khalifah H, Henn RF 3rd, Gilotra MN, Hasan SA, Gullapalli RP. Association of Patient Self-Reported Shoulder Scores to Quantitative and Semi-Quantitative MRI Measures of Rotator Cuff Intramuscular Fatty Infiltration: A Pilot Study. AJR Am J Roentgenol 2019 213:1307-1314.


Additional Publication Citations

Clinical Specialty Details

Musculoskeletal Radiology


Expertise in Diagnostic Imaging:

Sports Medicine

Musculoskeletal Trauma

Bone and Soft Tissue Tumors

Bone and Soft Tissue Disorders




Expertise in Musculoskeletal Image-Guided Procedures:

Bone and Soft Tissue Biopsy

Therapeutic and Diagnostic Joint Injection

Joint Aspiration







Musculoskeletal Ultrasound

Bone Densitometry