Adam Greenspan, M.D., F.A.C.R. for UC Davis Health

Adam Greenspan, M.D., F.A.C.R.

Professor Emeritus

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Radiology-Musculoskeletal Imaging

Orthopedics - Imaging



Locations and Contact

2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Clinical Interests

A leading expert in diagnostic orthopaedic imaging, Dr. Greenspan devotes his clinical attention to musculoskeletal tumors using radiography, CT, and MRI for diagnosis, pathology, and treatment.

He has published over 150 papers in peer-reviewed medical journals, and has written or edited a dozen textbooks.

He has been a visiting professor at institutions around the world, including Switzerland, Austria, England, Poland, Hungary, Italy, Canada, and Brazil.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Greenspan's research focuses on orthopaedic imaging modalities, diagnosis of musculoskeletal tumors, and skeletal dysplasias.


Musculoskeletal Radiology

Medical School

M.D., Medical Academy of Wroclaw, Wroclaw, Poland 1965


Queens General Hospital, Jamaica NY 1969-1970


State General Hospital of Wroclaw, Wroclaw, Poland 1957-1958


Radiology, Jewish Hospital and Medical Center of Brooklyn, Brooklyn NY 1970-1973


Rehabilitation Medicine, Sanatorium and Orthopaedic Hospital, Wroclaw 1960-1965


Orthopaedic Surgery, Sanatorium and Orthopaedic Hospital, Wroclaw 1963-1967


American College of Radiology, San Antonio TX 1996

First Prize of the British Medical Association for Orthopedic, 2015, Imaging: A Practical Approach, 6th Edition, 2015

Honorary Membership of Polish Medical Society of Radiology, Poland, 2009

Medal "Academia Medica Wratislaviensis Polonia" awarded by the Senate of the Medical Academy of Wroclaw, Poland, 2008

Award for Excellence in Professionalism, UC Davis Department of Radiology, 2003

Award of the Corrine Farell Prize Committee of the International Skeletal Society for the best article on bone tumors published in Skeletal Radiology, 1995

Scullion S, Grainger AJ, Greenspan A. Radiologic Imaging of Metabolic and Endocrine Disorders as They Affect the Hand and Wrist. Semin Musculoskelet Radiol. 2021 Apr;25(2):246-259. doi:10.1055/s-0041-1727192. Epub 2021 Jun 3. PMID:34082450.

Chang C, Greenspan A, Gershwin ME. The pathogenesis, diagnosis and clinical manifestations of steroid-induced osteonecrosis. J Autoimmun. 2020 Jun;110:102460. doi:10.1016/j.jaut.2020.102460. Epub 2020 Apr 16. PMID:32307211.

Greenspan A, Beltran J. Orthopedic Imaging - A Practical Approach, 7th Ed, Wolter Kluwer Health, Philadelphia. In-Press. 2019.

Greenspan A, Beltran J. Orthopedic Imaging - A Practical Approach. Chinese version of the 6th edition. Science Press, Beijing, China. 2019.

Greenspan A, Grainger A. Articular abnormalities that may mimic arthritis. J Ultrason. 2018;18:212-223. doi:10.15557/JoU.2018.0032. PMID:30451404.

Greenspan A. Charcot foot in a diabetic patient – clinical and imaging considerations. J Ultrason. 2018;18(74):271-272. doi:10.15557/JoU.2018.0039. PMID:30427134.

Sudoł-Szopińska I, Greenspan A. MSK imaging in rheumatology. Semin Musculoskelet Radiol. 2018 Apr;22(2):125-126. doi:10.1055/s-0038-1639483. Epub 2018 Apr 19. PMID:29672802.

Gerscovich EO, Sekhon S, Loehfelm TW, Greenspan A. Fetal ultrasound: early diagnosis and natural evolution of proximal femoral focal deficiency. J Ultrason. 2017 Dec;17(71):294-298. doi:10.15557/JoU.2017.0043. Epub 2017 Dec 29. PMID:29375906.

Gescovich EO, Sekhon S, Loehfelm TW, Wooton-Gorges SL, Greenspan A. A reminder of peristalsis as a useful tool in the prenatal differential diagnosis of abdominal cystic masses. J Ultrason. 2017 Jun;17(69):129-132. doi:10.15557/JoU.2017.0019. Epub 2017 Jun 30. PMID:28856022.

Greenspan A, Beltran J. Orthopedic Imaging – A Practical Approach, 6th ed. Japanese version. Nankodo Co, Ltd, Tokyo, Japan. 2018.