Michael L. Richardson M.D.

Michael L. Richardson M.D.

Specialties and Expertise

Musculoskeletal Radiology, Radiology & Imaging, Sports Medicine


Radiology and Imaging Services


English, Spanish


Primary Location

Radiology/Imaging Services at UWMC-Roosevelt

4245 Roosevelt Way NE, 2nd Floor
Seattle, WA 98105
Phone: 206.598.6868|Map It 


Dr. Richardson is a UW professor of radiology and an adjunct professor of orthopedic surgery. He is expert in advanced musculoskeletal imaging. Besides his research in musculoskeletal imaging, he has also published a number of papers and books on educational technology.

Dr. Richardson earned his bachelor's degree in physics from Texas A & M University, followed by an M.D. from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. After an internship at St. Joseph Medical Center in Houston, he entered the United States Air Force as a USAF staff internist. After completing a residency in diagnostic radiology at David Grant USAF Medical Center at Travis AFB, he then served as a USAF staff radiologist. After leaving the Air Force, he underwent a year-long fellowship in musculoskeletal radiology at the University of California, San Francisco. He is a diplomate of the American Board of Radiology (ABR) and has served several times as an oral board examiner for the ABR.

Following fellowship, Dr. Richardson joined the UW radiology faculty in 1984. During his time at UW, he has taken a number of graduate courses in biostatistics and medical informatics. He is listed in "The Best Doctors in America" directory, and has authored over 140 peer-reviewed publications and 10 books. He is a member of numerous radiology societies.

Patient Care Philosophy

As a radiologist, my direct patient contact is somewhat limited. Unfortunately, when I do directly see patients, it is usually in the context of a possibly uncomfortable procedure. I therefore try to spend extra time answering their questions, allaying any fears and making these procedures as comfortable as possible.

Personal Interests

Hiking, folk music and dance, and playing fiddle and guitar.

Clinical Interests

Advanced imaging of joint disease, musculoskeletal tumors, metabolic bone disease and sports medicine.

Teaching Interests

He is interested in creating more efficient ways of teaching radiology to students, residents and fellows. He is passionate about teaching other physicians the art of giving great presentations. He also enjoys figuring out new ways to use computer technology, studying audience response systems and using the iPhone to teach radiology.

Research Interests

Statistical analysis of imaging data, innovative applications of technology for radiology education and innovations in medical publishing.


Baylor College of MedicineMedical education1975
David Grant USAF Medical CenterResidencyDiagnostic Radiology
St. Joseph Hospital (Houston)Internship
Univ. of Calif. San FranciscoFellowshipDiagnostic Radiology


Board Certifications

American Board of RadiologyDiagnostic Radiology1982
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