Dr. J. Rick Adachi

Division of Rheumatology

Jonathan (Rick) Adachi


Professor, Department of Medicine, McMaster University

Alliance for Better Bone Health Chair in Rheumatology, Department of Medicine

Staff Rheumatologist, St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton




Education and Professional Standing

  • 1977 BSc.
  • 1979 MD
  • 1983 FRCPC Internal Medicine
  • 1984 FRCPC Rheumatology

Research Interests

Dr. Adachi currently is involved in the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study (random sample of 10,000 subjects followed for 10 years to assess risk for osteoporosis and fractures). He also has been looking into the structural analysis of bone and cartilage in bone and cartilage as measured by pQCT and pMRI. He has ongoing interests in clinical trials in osteoporosis.

Selected Publications

  1. Xie X, Webber CE, Adachi JD, O’Neill J, Inglis D, Bobba RS, Wu H. Quantitative, small bore, 1 Tesla, magnetic resonance imaging of the hands of patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Clin Exp Rheumatol 2008; 26:860-865
  2. Papaioannou A, Kennedy CC, Cranney A, Hawker G, Brown JP, Kaiser SM, Leslie WD, O’Brien CJM, Sawka AM, Khan A, Siminoski K, Tarulli G, Webster D, McGowan J, Adachi JD. Risk factors for low BMD in healthy men age 50 years or older: A Systematic review. Osteoporos Int 2009;20:507-18
  3. Wong AKO, Inglis D, Beattie KA, Doan A, Ioannidis G, Adachi JD, Papaioannou A. Reproducibility of computer-assisted joint alignment measurement in OA knee radiographs. Osteoarthritis Cartilage 2009;17:579-585
  4. Papaioannou A, Kennedy CC, Ioannidis G, Sawka A, Hopman WM, Pickard L, Brown JP, Josse RG, Kaiser S, Anastassiades T, Goltzman D, Papadimitropoulos M, Tenenhouse A, Prior JC, Olszynski WP, Adachi JD. The impact of incident fractures on health-related quality of life: 5 years of data from the Canadian Multicentre Osteoporosis Study Osteoporos Int 2009;20:703-714
  5. Chen P, Krege JH, Adachi JD, Prior JC, Tenenhouse A, Brown JP, Papadimitropoulos M, Kreiger N, Olszynski WP, Josse RG, Goltzman D. Vertebral fracture status and the World Health Organization (WHO) Risk factors for predicting osteoporotic fracture risk. J Bone Miner Res 2009;24:495-502
  6. Ioannidis G, Papaioannou A, Hopman WM, Akhtar-Danesh N, Anastassiades T, Pickard L, Kennedy CC, Prior JC, Olszynski WP, Davison KS, Goltzman D, Thabane L, Gafni A, Papadimitropoulos EA, Brown JP, Josse RG, Hanley DA, Adachi JD. Fractures increase mortality rates: The Canadian multicentre osteoporosis study. Can Med Assoc J 2009 published online.