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Lawrence Yao, MD
Special Volunteer, Clinical Staff
Radiology and Imaging Sciences

Academic Degrees
BA, Brown University
MD, Brown University


Phone: 301-402-5114


Dr. Yao earned his undergraduate and medical degrees through the Medical Education Program at Brown University in 1981 and 1985. After serving a medical internship at the Brown-affiliated Miriam Hospital in 1985-1986, he completed radiology residency training at the Albany Medical Center Hospital in 1990, and a fellowship in musculoskeletal imaging at UCLA in 1991.

Dr. Yao was a member of the radiology faculty at UCLA from 1991-1998, where he served as the Director of Musculoskeletal MRI.  He served as Director of MRI and Associate Professor of Radiology at Georgetown University from 1999-2000.  In 2001 Dr. Yao joined MedTel International Corporation, where he served as a medical officer and director of technology integration until 2002. Dr. Yao joined the NIH in 2002 as a musculoskeletal imaging specialist, and served as the director of the MR section in radiology until 2006. He currently operates a private, sub-specialized diagnostic imaging service.

Dr. Yao is interested in the optimization of MRI techniques for clinical problem solving in orthopedics, and in the use of imaging as a measure of clinical outcome. He collaborates with research groups at NIH that study inflammatory myopathy, graft-versus-host disease, and ankylosing spondylitis.

Selected Publications

Yao L, Nelson SD, Seeger LL, Eckardt JJ, Eilber FR. Primary musculoskeletal neoplasms. Effectiveness of core-needle biopsy. Radiology 1999; 212:682-686.

Yao L, Sinha U.  Imaging the microcirculatory proton fraction of muscle with diffusion-weighted echo-planar imaging.  Academic Radiology 2000;1;27-32.

Sinha U, Yao L.  In vivo diffusion tensor imaging of human calf muscle. J Magn Reson Imaging 2002;15(1):87-95.

Yao L, Thomasson D.  Magnetization transfer contrast in rapid three-dimensional MR imaging using segmented radiofrequency prepulses.  AJR 2002;179:863-865.

Yao L, Mehta U. Infraspinatus muscle atrophy:  Implications? Radiology 2003;226(1):161-4.

Yao L, Stanczak J, Boutin RD.  Presumptive subarticular stress reactions of the knee:  MRI detection and association with meniscal tear patterns.  Skeletal Radiol 2004;33:260-264.

Yao L, Magalnick M, Wilson M, Lipsky P, Goldbach-Mansky R. Periarticular bone findings in rheumatoid arthritis: T2-weighted versus contrast-enhanced T1-weighted MRI. Am J Roentgenol. 2006;187(2):358-63.

Yao L, Pitts JT, Thomasson D.  Isotropic 3D fast spin-echo with proton-density-like contrast: A comprehensive approach to musculoskeletal MRI. Am J Roentgenol 2007;188(2):W199-201.

Tan S, Yao J, Ward MM, Yao L, Summers RM. Computer Aided Evaluation of Ankylosing Spondylitis Using High Resolution CT. IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging 2008; 27(9):1252-1267.

Yao L, Gai N. Median nerve cross-sectional area and MRI diffusion characteristics: normative values at the carpal tunnel. Skeletal Radiol. 2009;38(4):355-61.

Clark J, Yao L, Pavletic SZ, Krumlauf M, Mitchell S, Turner ML, Cowen EW. Magnetic resonance imaging in sclerotic-type chronic graft-vs-host disease. Arch Dermatol. 2009;145(8):918-22.

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