University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Radiology

Bio for Joshua Nickerson, M.D.
Joshua Nickerson, M.D.

Joshua Nickerson, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Residency Program Director
Department of Radiology

Contact Information
Office Location:
Radiology, FAHC


Doctor of Medicine, May 2005, Loma Linda University School of Medicine   
Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, May 2001, Carroll College       

Postdoctoral Training

Neuroradiology Fellowship, Johns Hopkins Medical Institution     Trained 2010-2011
Diagnostic Radiology Residency, The University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Healthcare  Trained 2006-2010
Internal Medicine Internship, Loma Linda University Medical Center    Trained 2005-2006

Academic Appointments

Assistant Professor of Radiology                                                          2011 –present
Co-Director, MRI Research Center, University of Vermont                  2012-present

Clinical Appointments

Section Head of Neuroradiology                                                            2015-present
University of Vermont Radiology Associate Residency Director              2014-present

Academic Interests

Dr. Nickerson is the Medical Director of the MRI Research Center. His personal research studies include the use of novel MRI-based perfusion techniques for functional brain imaging, high resolution MR imaging of the orbit, and new methods for using MRI to evaluate multiple sclerosis.

Dr. Nickerson is co-investigator on several interdisciplinary studies in the UVM research community including traumatic brain injury studies with Emergency Medicine, pharmacology studies with Neurology, and addiction medicine studies with Psychology.


Active Grants:

Site PI, REMIND clinical trial, Guerbet LLC.  July 2014-October 2015.
Title: Cognition after Menopause and COMT Genotype

Pending Grants:

Title: The Nicotinic Cholinergic System and Cognitive Aging
Sponsor: National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging


Waheed W, Nickerson JP, Ambaye AB, Babi MA, Tandan R.  IgG4-related neuromyopathy associated with recurrent pleural effusion.  J Clin Neuromuscul Dis. 2015 Jun 16(4): 210-9

Gonyea JV, Watts R, Applebee A, Andrews T, Hipko S, Nickerson JP, Thornton L, Filippi CG.  In vivo quantitative whole-brain T1rho MRI of multiple sclerosis. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2015 May 30

Albaugh MD, Orr C, Nickerson JP, Zweber C, Slauterbeck JR, Hipko S, Gonyea J, Andrews T, Brackenbury JC, Watts R, Hudziak JJ.  Postconcussive symptoms are associated with cerebral cortical thickness in healthy collegiate and preparatory school ice hockey players.  J Pediatr. 2014 Nov 18

Maxwell AW, Keating DP, Nickerson JP.  Incidental abdominopelvic findings on expanded field-of-view lumbar spinal MRI: frequency, clinical importance, and concordance in interpretation by neuroimaging and body imaging radiologists.  Clin Radiol. 2014 Nov 29

Watts R, Thomas A, Filippi CG, Nickerson JP, Freeman K.  Potholes and Molehills: Bias in the diagnostic performance of diffusion-tensor imaging in concussion.  Radiology. 2014 Mar 14:131856.

Gardner GC, Nickerson JP, Watts R, Nelson L, Dittus KL, O’Brien PJ.  Quantitative and morphologic change associated with breast cancer-related lymphedema.  Comparison of 3.0T MRI to external measures.  Lymphat Res Biol. 2014 Mar 21.

Filippi CG, Duncan CT, Watts R, Nickerson JP, Gonyea JV, Hipko SG, Andrews T.  In vivo quantification of t1? in lumbar spine disc spaces at 3 T using parallel transmission MRI.  AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2013 Jul;201(1):W110-6.

Zaca D, Nickerson JP, Deib G, Pillai JJ.  Effectiveness of four different clinical fMRI paradigms for preoperative regional determination of language lateralization in patients with brain tumors. Neuroradiology. 2012 June 29 (epub ahead of print).

Nickerson JP, Richner B, Santy K, Lequin MH, Filippi CG, Huisman TAGM.  Clinical Imaging of Pediatric Intracranial Infection Part I: Techniques and Bacterial Infections.  J Neuroimaging. 2012 Apr; 22(2): e42-51.
 -Cited as Recommended Reading in Osborn’s Brain Textbook, 2013

Nickerson JP, Richner B, Santy K, Lequin MH, Filippi CG, Huisman TAGM.  Clinical Imaging of Pediatric Intracranial Infection Part II: TORCH, Viral, Fungal and Parasitic Infections.  J Neuroimaging. 2012 Apr; 22(2): e52-63.
 -Cited as Recommended Reading in Osborn’s Brain Textbook, 2013

Filippi CG, Bos A, Nickerson JP, Salmela MB, Koski CJ, Cauley KA. Magnetic resonance diffusion tensor imaging (MRDTI) of the optic nerve and optic radiations at 3T in children with neurofibromatosis type I (NF-1). Pediatr Radiol. 2012 Feb; 42(2): 168-174.

Nickerson JP, Lane AP, Subramanian PS, Izbudak I.  Onodi Cell Mucocele Causing Acute Vision Loss: Radiologic and Surgical Correlation.  Clin Neuroradiol. 2011 April 2.

Nickerson JP, Salmela MB, Koski CJ, Andrews T, Filippi CG.  Diffusion Tensor Imaging of the Pediatric Optic Nerve: Intrinsic and Extrinsic Pathology Compared to Normal Controls.  JMRI 2010 July;32:76-81. 

Salmela MB, Cauley KA, Nickerson JP, Koski CJ, Filippi CG.  Magnetic Resonance Diffusion Tensor Imaging (MRDTI) and Tractography in Children with Septo-Optic Dysplasia.  Pediatr Radiol. 2010 May;40(5):708-13.

Nickerson JP, Tong KA, Raghavan R.  Imaging Cerebral Malaria with a Susceptibility Weighted MR Sequence.  AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. Jun;30(6):e85-6.

Nickerson JP, Koski CJ, Boyer AC, Burbank HN, Tandan R, Filippi CG.  Linear longitudinal decline in fractional anisotropy in patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: preliminary results. Klin Neuroradiol. 2009 Jun;19(2):129-134.

Filippi CG, Meyer RE, Cauley K, Nickerson JP, Burbank HN, Johnson JM, Linnell GJ, Alsofrom GF.  The misinterpretation rates of radiology residents on emergency neuroradiology magnetic resonance (MR) angiogram studies: correlation with level of residency training.  Emerg Radiol. 2009 Jun 5. [Epub ahead of print]

Meyer RE, Nickerson JP, Burbank HN, Alsofrom GF, Linnell GJ, Filippi CG. Discrepancy Rates of Radiology Resident Interpretations of On-call CT Angiography (CTA) Studies of the Neck and Circle of Willis. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2009 Aug;193(2):527-32.

Tong KA, Ashwal S, Obenaus A, Nickerson JP, Kido D, Haacke EM.  Susceptibility-weighted MR imaging: a review of clinical applications in children.  AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2008 Jan;29(1):9-17. Epub 2007 Oct 9. Review.

Sigmund GA, Tong KA, Nickerson JP, Wall CJ, Oyoyo U, Ashwal S. Multimodality Comparison of Neuroimaging in Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury, Pediatr Neurol. 2007 Apr;36(4):217-26.

Nickerson JP, Fairbank J, Ebert GM. Incidental Finding of Subacute Hematoma on PET/CT following Cardiac Catheterization, Clinical Nuclear Medicine 2007 Jun; 32(6):456-7.

Babikian T, Freier MC, Tong KA, Nickerson JP, Wall CJ, Holshouser BA, Burley T, Riggs ML, Ashwal S.  Susceptibility Weighted Imaging: Neuropsychologic Outcome and Pediatric Head Injury.  Pediatr Neurol. 2005 Sep;33(3):184-94.

Tong KA, Ashwal S, Holshouser BA, Nickerson JP, Wall CJ, Shutter LA, Osterdock RJ, Haacke EM, Kido D. Diffuse axonal injury in children: clinical correlation with hemorrhagic lesions. Ann Neurol. 2004 Jul;56(1):36-50.

Awards and Honors

RSNA Roentgen Resident/Fellow Award 2009
Vermont Chapter ACR Resident Delegate 2009
Chief Resident, Fletcher Allen Health Care, Radiology 2008-2009


American Board of Radiology Certified
Certificate of Added Qualification in Neuroradiology
American Society of Neuroradiology
Medical Licensure in Vermont
American Alliance of Academic Chief Residents in Radiology
American College of Radiology
Association of University Radiologists
New England Roentgen Ray Society
Radiological Society of North America
Physicians for a National Health Plan

Committee Appointments

Education Committee, American Society of Neuroradiology                                                  2014-present
Education Committee Chair, YPS section of the ASNR                                                         2013-present
Councilor, State of Vermont ACR Chapter                                                                           2014
Alternate Councilor, State of Vermont ACR Chapter                                                            2013
Co-Chair, Membership Committee, Association of Program Directors in Radiology               2015-present
Membership Committee, Association of Program Directors in Radiology                               2013-present
Chair, Program Evaluation Committee, University of Vermont Medical Center                      2014-present 

Graduate Medical Education Committee,University of Vermont Medical Center                    2014-present
Away Electives Subcommittee, Graduate Medical Education                                                2014-present
Committee, University of Vermont Medical Center
Clinical Competency Committee- University of Vermont Medical Center                              2013-present
University of Vermont Radiology Associate Residency Director                                            2014-present
Chair, Medical Student Education Committee                                                                       2015-present
Innovation and Technology Committee                                                                                 2012-present
University of Vermont MRI Center Board                                                                            2012-present   
Radiology Research Committee- UVM Radiology                                                               2012-present
Visiting Professor Search Committee- UVM Radiology                                                        2012-present
State of VT Radiologic Technology Board Member                                                             2011-present