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Derik L. Davis, MD

Academic Title:

Associate Professor

Primary Appointment:

Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine



Education and Training



1996 A.B. History with High Honors

Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH


2000 M.D. Medicine

Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH


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 sarcopenia, 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.

Dr. Davis is an active participant in programs for medical student and resident education. He is the Course Director of the Musculoskeletal Radiology Elective. Dr. Davis is also faculty 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 40 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 has been a principal reviewer for the American Journal of Sports Medicine since 2012. 

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

Davis DL, Chen L, Young ST. Evaluation of epiphyses in the skeletally immature knee using magnetic resonance imaging: a pilot  study to analyze parameters for anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. Am J Sports Med 2013 41(7):1579-85


Gilotra M,Nguyen T, Christian M, Davis D, Henn RF, Hasan S. Botulinum toxin is detrimental to repair of a chronic rotator cuff tear in a rabbit model. J Orthop Res 2015 33(8):1152-7


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 Feb 17 [Epub ahead of print]


Davis DL, Mulligan ME, Moszkowicz A, Resnik CS. Clinical History Provided by Referring Clinicians and Patients for Musculoskeletal MRI. J Am Coll Radiol 2017 Apr 29  [Epub ahead of print]

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