Richard Souza, PT, PhD

Professor, UCSF
Vice Chair of Research
(415) 514-8930



  • BS, Exercise, University of California, Davis, CA, 1998
  • ATC, Athletic Training, University of California, Davis, CA, 1999
  • MPT, Physical Therapy, Samuel Merritt University, Oakland, CA, 2002
  • PhD, Biokinesiology, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2008
  • Postdoc, Biomedical Imaging, University of California, San Francisco, CA, 2010

Board Certifications

  • Physical Therapist

Clinical and Research Interests

  •  The relationships between mechanics of human movement and lower extremity injuries
  • Advanced quantitative MR imaging and the evaluation of physical activity and loading behaviors
  • The influence of loading mechanics on hip, knee, and ankle health and to develop preventative and rehabilitative strategies for debilitating diseases such as osteoarthritis