Miriam A. Bredella, MD
Dr. Bredella is Professor of Radiology at Harvard Medical School and a musculoskeletal radiologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) where she serves as Vice Chair for Faculty Affairs and Director of the Center for Faculty Development at MGH. Dr. Bredella is the co-director and co-PI of the Harvard KL2/Catalyst Medical Research Investigator Training Program where she mentors clinical translational researchers across all Harvard hospitals and specialties. She has been elected to be a member of the NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program Steering Committee. She is an active member of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Forces at MGH and Harvard Medical School where she designed successful initiatives for increasing diversity in research operations.
Dr. Bredella received her MD degree from the University of Hamburg, Germany. After a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Osteoporosis and Arthritis Research Group (OARG) in the Department of Radiology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), she completed a residency in diagnostic radiology at UCSF where she also served as Chief Resident. Dr. Bredella pursued a fellowship in musculoskeletal imaging and intervention at MGH and joined the faculty at MGH and Harvard Medical School after completion of her fellowship.
Dr. Bredella’s research focuses on the effects of different fat depots on bone metabolism and metabolic risk in states of under- and overnutrition. She established a multidisciplinary clinical research program in the area of metabolic imaging that combines innovative translational, clinical, and outcomes research. Dr. Bredella has developed new imaging techniques to quantify brown adipose tissue, intramyocellular lipids, intrahepatic lipids, and muscle mitochondrial function and examined their effects on bone, insulin resistance and cardiovascular risk in subjects with obesity, insulin resistance, growth hormone disorders, and anorexia nervosa. Since joining the faculty at MGH, Dr. Bredella has been continuously grant-funded as PI by the NIH. She serves as a grant reviewer for the NIH, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF).
Dr. Bredella is Deputy Editor for Radiology and serves on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (JBMR) and Skeletal Radiology and is a Founding Editorial Board member of the Journal of Hip Preservation Surgery. She is a member of the International Skeletal Society where she serves on the Executive Committee and chairs the scientific session. Dr. Bredella has authored over 200 peer-reviewed publications, three text books and has given over 150 national/international presentations. She is the recipient of multiple awards, including the Distinguished Investigator Award from the Academy of Radiology Research and the Presidents Medal of the International Skeletal Society.