UW Health Osteoporosis
Clinical Center
451 Junction Road
Madison, Wisconsin 53717
Ph: (608) 263-5010

UW Osteoporosis Clinic
Research Program
2870 University Avenue
Suite 100
Madison, Wisconsin 53705
Office: (608) 265-6410
Study Info: (608) 263-BONE
Toll Free:1(866) 4MY-BONE
Fax: (608) 265-6409

Osteoporosis Clinic


The staff consists of a multidisciplinary team of professionals, including physicians (geriatrician, endocrinologist, and rheumatologist), nurses, social worker, physical therapist and nutritionist, who specialize in treating people with osteoporosis.

Neil Binkley, M.D.
Dr. Binkley earned his MD degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School and subsequently received his training in Internal Medicine at the Marshfield Clinic. After several years in private practice, he returned to the University of Wisconsin in 1990 and completed a geriatric fellowship. He is board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatrics. In 1994 he was instrumental in establishing the UW Osteoporosis Clinical Center and the Osteoporosis Clinical Research Program, offering treatment options unavailable in standard clinical practice. Additionally, his research efforts focus on osteoporosis diagnosis, osteoporosis in men and the role of nutrition in bone loss. Recent studies of vitamins K and A are lending valuable data on nutritional supplementation and bone health. Dr. Binkley also serves on the scientific advisory committee and physician certification course faculty for the International Society for Clinical Densitometry.

Dr. Blank Robert Blank, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Blank received his medical degree from New York University and served his residency at Cornell University in New York. Completing a fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, he became board certified in Internal Medicine and Endocrinology, Diabetes & Metabolism. Dr. Blank joined the University of Wisconsin Osteoporosis Clinical Center in 2001 specializing in osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. His individual research focuses upon the genetics of bone strength.

Dr. Drezner Marc Drezner, M.D.
Dr. Drezner graduated from the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. He received his internal medicine and endocrinology training at Duke University Medical Center and remained on the faculty for twenty-five years. In March of 2000, he joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin as a Professor of Medicine and Head of the Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism Section. He maintains an active clinical practice with specific interests in management of osteoporosis, hyperparathyroidism and rickets/osteomalacia. He has earned international recognition for scientific work in bone and mineral metabolism and serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, the foremost clinical and basic science bone journal in the world today.

Dr. Hansen Karen E. Hansen, M.D.
Dr. Hansen received her medical degree and internal medicine training at the University of Wisconsin Medical School where she additionally functioned as Chief Internal Medicine Resident. Her fellowship training was at Duke University Medical Center in the field of Rheumatology. Hansen is board certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology and is certified in bone densitometry interpretation. After practice at Denver Arthritis clinic in Colorado, she returned to the University of Wisconsin as an Assistant Professor in 2001 with joint appointments in the Sections of Rheumatology and Endocrinology. Her interests include Paget's Disease of bone, osteoporosis, antiphospholipid antibody syndrome, systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis. Specific research projects include treatment of Paget's Disease, development of a model predicting thrombosis in subjects with antiphospholipid antibodies, use of etanercept for polymyalgia rheumatica and involvement in the RADIUS Study (Rheumatoid Arthritis DMARD Intervention Utilization Study).

Diane Krueger Diane Krueger, BS, CCRC
Ms. Krueger earned a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and subsequently gained clinical research experience through her work with the UW Bone Marrow Transplant Program. She has been involved with the UW Osteoporosis Clinical Research Program since its inception in 1994. Since that time, she has conducted more than 20 clinical trials focusing on osteoporosis diagnosis, prevention and treatment. Specific research interests include osteoporosis diagnosis and post-transplantation bone disease.

Nellie Vallarta-Ast Nellie Vallarta-Ast, RT, CDT
Ms. Vallarata-Ast is a certified radiologic and bone densitometry technologist. She has performed bone densitometry at William S. Middleton VAMC since 1995 and been affiliated with the UW Osteoporosis Research Program since 1998. Her specific research interest is in the diagnosis of osteoporosis in men. Several research projects have focused on bone densitometry and ultrasonometry in men as well as confounders of bone mass measurement technology.

Mary Checovich,

Dessa Gemar, BA
Ms. Gemar received her BA in Biology at Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, TX. She has extensive experience in muscle physiology research from the Shriners Burn Hospital in Galveston, TX. She came to the UW Osteoporosis Research Program in 2003 and is currently coordinating several studies on Vitamin D. Her special interest include nutritional components of bone health.

  Susan Valentine , Nurse


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