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Musculoskeletal Radiology & Intervention


The mission of the Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention section (MSK) is to bring the highest quality subspecialty musculoskeletal radiology expertise in the interpretation of MSK radiographs, CT, MRI, US, while performing a broad range of interventional services. We aim to practice radiology with an emphasis on patient care and strive to serve our referring physicians with imaging interpretation and procedural excellence. Many of our reading rooms are embedded centrally within the clinic space of our referring physicians, reflecting the focus on clinician collaboration and direct patient contact.

Musculoskeletal Imaging Faculty 


Colin Strickland, MD 

Section Chief



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Michael Durst, MD



David Gimarc, MD

Assistant Fellowship Director, Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention  



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Charles Ho, MD PhD



Corey Ho, MD

Fellowship Director, Musculoskeletal Imaging and Intervention




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James Korf


James Korf, MD



Alexa Leo, PA-C MS




Alex Merkle, MD



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Clinical Locations

University of Colorado Hospital

12605 E. 16th Ave
Aurora, CO 80045

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UC Health Steadman Hawkins Clinic

175 Inverness Dr W

Englewood, CO 80112

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CU Sports Medicine & Performance Center

2150 Stadium Drive
Boulder, CO 80309

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CU Sports Medicine – Colorado Center

2000 S. Colorado Boulevard

Denver, CO 80222

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Patient Care

The MSK section consists of seven full-time, fellowship-trained radiologists and a physician assistant.  Our section performs over 100,000 diagnostic exams every year, including approximately 15,000 MRI studies.  Cases include patients in Sports Medicine, Pediatrics, Orthopedics, Spine Surgery, Oncology, Primary Care, Rheumatology, and Infectious Disease clinics.  In addition, we provide formal consultation services and procedures for inpatient admissions at the University Hospital.  Many of our reading rooms are embedded within sports medicine and orthopedic clinics.  We also provide an outpatient MSK clinic as an augmentation to our procedural service.

Our section provides imaging and procedural services for local Denver NFL, NHL, NBA, MLS and NCAA teams.

We utilize multiple CT and MRI scanners at the hospital, as well as at numerous clinics and imaging centers around the Denver metro area and Colorado front range.

Our section also provides a robust procedural service employing CT, fluoroscopy, and US guidance.  Selected procedures include:

  • Joint Injections
  • Epidural/facet injections
  • Bone, soft tissue, and bone marrow biopsies
  • Vertebral augmentation (kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty)
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Cryoablation
  • Epidural Blood Patch

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Our section participates in several interdisciplinary conferences, including weekly orthopedic spine conference, weekly sarcoma conference, weekly limb preservation conference, and bi-weekly orthopedic tumor conference, to name a few.


Under the direction of fellow director Corey Ho, MD, the MSK section currently offers two funded fellowship positions annually.  More information can be found on our dedicated fellowship page.

The MSK section has synthesized a core curriculum for resident education consisting of regular core lectures spanning a 2-year cycle.  All of the MSK faculty are active with regular case conferences and didactics, and are passionate about resident, fellow, and medical student education.  We consistently have multiple residents rotating through our service (under the guidance of resident education director, Alex Merkle, MD), and will often have medical students rotating through our service as a part of their clinical rotations.


Our sections regularly participates in research in both diagnostic and procedural topics, and faculty and trainees will regularly present at national meetings, including SSR and RSNA.   Many of our projects include collaboration with other departments within the hospital.