SSR Researcher Spotlight

SSR Researcher Spotlight

Jeffrey Belair, MD
SSR Member since 2017


Professional Background

  • Medical School: SUNY Upstate Medical University

  • Residency: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

  • MSK Fellowship: Thomas Jefferson University

  • Current practice: Thomas Jefferson University

  • Professional Title: Assistant Professor

  • Administrative Title: MSK Fellowship Director
  • In practice: 6

  • Years as SSR member: 6


 My Research

  • I love collaborating with colleagues and bouncing ideas off each other in the reading room. For me, the “eureka” moment for a new research idea typically occurs at the workstation when discussing a case with my fellows, usually when I happen to notice an interesting pattern of findings or disease process.
  • The annual SSR meeting is an outstanding sounding board for presenting and discussing your research with other experts in our subspecialty. In addition to serving as a faculty mentor for resident and fellow abstract presentations, I have had the pleasure/honor of presenting the following topics myself at past SSR meetings:
    • Bone Bruise vs. Non-Displaced Fracture at MRI: A Grading System to Predict Return-to-Play. SSR 2018, Austin, TX.
    • Diagnostic yield of image-guided synovial biopsy for intra-articular synovial lesions. SSR 2019, Scottsdale, AZ.
    • Transient Osteoporosis of the Hip: A Fleeting Diagnosis? SSR 2022, Coronado, CA.


My Research (cont.)


  • Our publication on synovial biopsy highlights the clinical benefit and technical feasibility of performing image-guided synovial biopsies for synovial-based masses and masslike synovitis

My Research (cont.)

  • During fellowship, I had the opportunity to work on a publication for the 2016 RadioGraphics Special Monograph Issue
  • Our manuscript, entitled ‘Sports Injuries about the Hip: What the Radiologist Should Know’, highlights the various pathologies encountered in advanced imaging of the hip
  • While not considered research in the traditional sense, writing review articles forces you to investigate a topic in extreme detail and truly become an expert on the subject matter


My Research (cont.)

  • For our navicular os project, we presented typical findings of the painful type II navicular os and developed a standardized classification system for describing the severity of findings

About Me

Who am I outside of work?
  • My main passion outside of work is spending time with my family, including my lovely wife DeAnna, and our son, Alex, who was a new addition to the family in November 2021!
  • I enjoy traveling, live music, visiting breweries, hiking, listening to audiobooks, and watching football (i.e. the Penn State Nittany Lions and Buffalo Bills)

Statue of Franz Kafka, Prague
Visiting our alma mater






SSR in Coronado this past year

Trip to Burlington, VT

 My “Two Cents”

  1. Your best resource is the people you make connections with along your journey, so cultivate those relationships and seek out mentorship. Follow your passion and opportunities will present themselves.
  2. Always try to keep things in your professional life in perspective and be sure to maintain a healthy work-life balance.