One of only a handful of academic centers in the United States dedicated to skeletal health, the Johns Hopkins Metabolic Bone and Osteoporosis Center is committed to providing patients and their families the care necessary to diagnose and treat disorders of bone. From osteoporosis to hyperparathyroidism to rare bone disease, we realize that every patient case is unique and deserving of thoughtful and personalized care. We hope to work with our patients, addressing their specific needs and preferences, while offering expert opinion on lifestyle interventions, nutritional factors and pharmacotherapies that can promote optimal skeletal health. There is no “textbook case” or “one size fits all” model that we employ; rather, each patient who walks through our doors brings with her/him a specific life story that must be incorporated into our evaluation and treatment plan.

Conditions We Treat

The Johns Hopkins Metabolic Bone and Osteoporosis Center focuses on services designed to prevent, diagnose and treat many kinds of bone diseases, including:

  • Osteoporosis and osteopenia in men and women
  • Fragility and recurrent fractures
  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Primary, secondary and tertiary hyperparathyroidism
  • Hypoparathyroidism
  • Hypercalciuria (high urine calcium)
  • Paget’s disease of the bone
  • Steroid-induced osteoporosis
  • Chemotherapy-induced bone loss

  • Pre-menopausal bone loss
  • Low bone density for age
  • Vitamin D deficiency / osteomalacia
  • High and low blood calcium levels (hyper and hypocalcemia)
  • High and low blood phosphorus disorders (hyper and hypophosphatemia)
  • Renal osteodystrophy
  • Rare bone diseases (osteogenesis imperfect, osteopetrosis, hereditary rickets, tumor-induced osteomalacia, hypophosphatasia, fibrous dysplasia, and others)

Treatment for Metabolic Bone, Calcium and Parathyroid Disorders

Our doctors understand metabolic bone disorders, and they have years of clinical expertise in endocrinology, metabolic bone disorders, osteoporosis, vitamin D deficiency and calcium and phosphorus disorders. They have published numerous articles and textbook chapters based on their research in metabolic bone disorders and enjoy working with patients to individually design effective diet, lifestyle and treatment regimens to improve skeletal health.