Osteoporosis & Menopause Clinic

Stanley J. Birge, MD, directs this clinic, which focuses on symptoms related to the loss or imbalance of hormones. Patients with osteoporosis, a condition related to nutritional deficiencies as well as hormone deficiencies, are evaluated and treated.

Dr. Birge has a long-standing interest in caring for older adults, with a particular interest in the treatment and prevention of osteoporosis and the management of hormone deficiencies in men and postmenopausal women. He is an attending physician at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and is an active participant in the training of health professionals at Washington University School of Medicine.

Research interests

Dr. Birge’s research interests include the role of nutrition and hormones, particularly estrogen, in the aging of the brain and the development of Alzheimer’s disease. This interest has led to the investigation of strategies to prevent hip fracture, including the evaluation of hip pads to prevent injurious falls and hip fracture in nursing homes. His interest in the aging brain has led to studies developing more effective screening tests for the early diagnosis of dementia. His research has led to the publication of over 90 articles and reviews and contributions to numerous textbooks of medicine. He is a consultant to the National Institutes of Health and the American Board of Internal Medicine.