Osteoporosis Clinic

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Sarah_Morgan
Director:  Sarah L. Morgan, M.D., R.D., FADA, FACP     


Clinic Staff

Leandria Burroughs, RT, CBDT - DXA Technologist
Jeffrey Curtis, MD, MPH, Clinic Physician
Beth Kitchin MS, RD – Dietitian/Patient Educator
Laura Ellis, MS, .PT – Physical Therapist
Dale Link, CRNP – Nurse Practitioner 
Sarah L. Morgan, RD, MD, CCD FACP – Clinic Physician – Medical Director
Nancy Nunnally – RT, CBDT – DXA Technologist
Dirk Rehder, MD, CCD – Radiologist
Kenneth Saag, MD, MSc, FACP – Clinic Physician – Director of Clinical Research

To aid in reducing morbidity from osteoporosis and aid in osteoporosis prevention, UAB began a multidisciplinary osteoporosis clinic at The Kirklin Clinic, 2000 Sixth Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35233, in May of 1995.  The clinic provides a thorough evaluation of patients, including an assessment of bone mineral density, nutritional counseling, physical therapy evaluation, and treatment and rehabilitation, if appropriate.

Four board-certified internal medicine physicians staff the clinic all of whom have a different area of interest and expertise. Sarah L. Morgan, RD, MD, FACP, CCD, from the Department of  Medicine, Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, focuses on the nutritional aspects of osteoporosis, post gastric bypass bone disease, postmenopausal osteoporosis and prevention of osteoporosis.  Dr. Morgan is the current president of the International Society of Clinical Densitometry.  Kenneth G. Saag, MD, MSc, Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, has a special interest in glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis, male osteoporosis, post-transplant osteoporosis, and osteoporosis clinic trials.  Jeffrey R. Curtis, MD, MPH, Department of Medicine, Division of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, focuses on outcomes related to rheumatic diseases and osteoporosis, with a particular focus on men, African Americans, and chronic glucocorticoid users.  Amy H. Warriner, MD, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism, focuses on endocrinologic disorders causing metabolic bone disease and HIV-related bone disease.  Dale Link, RN, CRNP, a certified nurse practitioner, has recently joined the practice to increase the ability of the clinic to see insufficiency fracture patients from Orthopedic Surgery.  Dirk Rehder, MD, Department of Radiology, Division of Musculoskeletal Radiology, also participates in the reading of bone density examinations (DXA).  All five physicians are certified as Clinical Densitometrists (CCD) by the International Society of Clinical Densitometry.  The UAB Bone Densitometry service is accredited by the International Society of Clinical Densitometry and will be undergoing reaccreditation in 2011.

The clinic is also staffed with a registered dietician, Beth Kitchin, MS, RD; certified dual-energy x-ray (DXA) technologists, Nancy Nunnally, RT, CBDT and Leandria Burroughs, RT; CBDT; and a physical-therapy expert/rehabilitation expert for the clinic, Laura Ellis, MS, PT.  Ms. Kitchin offers each patient individual instruction on calcium intake, dietary requirements, exercise recommendations, and education on fall prevention.  She is also the coordinator of the UAB Osteoporosis Information Service. Ms. Nunnally and Ms Burroughs are certified as a technologist by the International Society of Clinical Densitometry. Mr. Lein evaluates all new patients for balance, strength and posture. A free luncheon lecture on osteoporosis is held every Wednesday from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm in the third floor conference room in the Kirklin Clinic. Reservations to attend this free class can be made by calling 205-801-8187.

The clinic is equipped with two Hologic Discovery W fan-beam densitometers with Discovery software. In FY 2010 there were 1,722 clinic visits and 4,416 DXA scans completed.  The clinic also has several screening peripheral-DXA units that are used for a comprehensive screening program. A comprehensive weekly patient education program is an integral part of the clinic activities. MindWays Bone quantitative computerized tomography (QCT) software is available for QCT of the hip and spine.

The clinic also operates the Tone Your Bones Nutrition and Exercise Program (TYBONE Program). This program stresses the nutritional and exercise components of osteoporosis prevention and treatment. Please call our UAB Tone Your Bones Information Hotline at 1-888-934-BONE or visit our website at ToneYourBones. 

Part of the mission of the Osteoporosis Prevention and Treatment Clinic is to provide patients with access to innovative and novel therapies. Dr. Saag directs the Osteoporosis Clinic Trials program. Clinical trials personnel include Kerry Renfroe, R.N. (clinical trials manager) and Jo Ann Kiser, RN (recruitment and coordinator). Osteoporosis clinic trials are available for patient enrollment, and the office can be contacted for additional information at 1-888-534-0367.

For More Information on the Clinic Contact:

Sarah L. Morgan, M.D., R.D., FADA, FACP
Professor of Nutrition Sciences and Medicine
Division of Clinical Immunology & Rheumatology
830 Faculty Office Tower 
510 20th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35294-3408
Office: 205-934-3235
Fax: 205-934-4602
Email:slmorgan@uab.edu