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David B. Karpf, MD

David Karpf

Co-Chair of the Medical & Scientific Advisory Board

Dr. Karpf is an adjunct clinical professor of endocrinology at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he sees patients with osteoporosis and metabolic bone disease. He is board certified in internal medicine with a subspecialty in endocrinology and metabolism. A UC Berkeley graduate, Dr. Karpf received his medical degree from UC San Diego and completed residency in internal medicine and fellowship in endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. This was followed by a fellowship in metabolic bone disease in the endocrine bone unit at UCSF, where his bench research focused on characterization and isolation of the PTH/PTHrP receptor.

Read:

Dr. Karpf’s Response to Bone Drugs Article

What to know about bone health
and fracture prevention during COVID-19

  • Remove fall dangers in your home.
  • Stay physically active, and at least 6 feet away from others.
  • Eat for proper nutrition, and take a supplement if needed to get enough calcium and vitamin D.
  • Stick with your osteoporosis medicines and ask your doctor for extra if you’re unable to go to the pharmacy.
  • If you are due for Reclast, there is little concern about delaying for a few weeks or months.
  • If you take Prolia or Evenity injections, don’t miss your appointment.  Some facilities offer “drive-through” injections. Check with your doctor.
  • Bone density testing can be postponed, if necessary.
  • Speak with your doctor about the possibility of telephone and video visits.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a page with steps you can take to reduce your risk of catching the virus if you have a chronic illness.

Be well. We are here for you if you have any questions.