Confirmed Speakers

David Kendler, MD
Professor of Medicine
The University of British Columbia
Vancouver, Canada


Dr. Kendler graduated from the MD program at the University of Toronto in 1977.  After completing a rotating internship in Toronto, he practiced for several years in Canada, Botswana, and New Zealand.  He returned to Internal Medicine training in 1983 in Christchurch, New Zealand and in 1984 joined the Internal Medicine program in Halifax, Canada.  In 1985 he moved to Vancouver to complete Internal Medicine and Endocrinology training at the University of British Columbia.  After a 2-year thyroid immunology Fellowship in New York, he returned to the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine where he is now a Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology).  He has led osteoporosis programs at Children and Women’s Hospital, St. Vincent’s Hospital, and St. Paul’s Hospital.  He is the director of the Osteoporosis Centre of British Columbia and Prohealth Clinical Research, a major North American centre for clinical trials in the area of osteoporosis.  He serves on the Scientific Advisory Council of Osteoporosis Canada and Chairs the Western Osteoporosis Alliance.  He is a Past-President of the International Society for Clinical Densitometry.  He is a member of the Committee of Scientific Advisors of the International Osteoporosis Foundation and is co-Chair of the Western Osteoporosis Alliance.  He has been awarded the John Bilezekian ISCD Global Leadership Award.. He was a founding member and has served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Menopause Society. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed papers on osteoporosis therapies, osteoporosis risk assessment technologies, and autoimmune thyroid disease.

Anita Colquhoun, MRT(N), CDT
Nuclear Medical Technologist
Centre for Osteoporosis & Bone Health at the Women’s College Hospital
Toronto, Canada


Anita Colquhoun M.R.T.(N), CDT is the charge technologist in the Centre for Osteoporosis & Bone Health at the Women’s College Hospital in Toronto. Anita is a Nuclear Medical Technologist specialized in Bone Mineral Density (BMD). She has been working in the field of BMD since the early 1990s. Anita is an active member ISCD Technologist Faculty since 2000. She has served 2 terms on the Governing Board of the ISCD and is currently serving her third term as the Executive Secretary to the Board. She is the Chair of the Annual Meeting Committee and she also serves on several other committees within the ISCD. Anita has co-written an on-line beginner BMD course as well as developed a competency profile and best practise in BMD for the Ontario Association of Medical Radiation Sciences.

Salwa Alaidarous, MD
Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine and Endocrinology
King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia


Yousef Saleh, MD
Associate Professor of Endocrinology
King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences
Head Division, Adult Endocrinology
King Abdulaziz Medical City
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia


Dr. Yousef Saleh graduated in 1991 from King Saud University in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He completed 3 years of residency training in Internal Medicine at King Faisal Specialist hospital and King Abdulazeez Medical City (KAMC) in Riyadh. He completed the Membership of The Royal College of Physicians (London), MRCP (U.K.) in 1994 and the Arab Board of Medicine in 1996. Subsequently he completed his Fellowship Training in Endocrinology and Diabetes at The University of California, San Diego in 1998. He re-joined KAMC as consultant of Medicine and Endocrinology since then.


He was appointed as Assistant Professor of Medicine and Endocrinology, King Saud University for Health Sciences in 2009 and is awaiting his promotion to Associate Professor very soon.


Dr. Saleh is currently the head division of Endocrinology at the department of medicine, King Abdulazeez Medical City in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. He was elected as the President of The Scientific Council of Medicine at the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties in Jan 2011.


The council is responsible for all Board Training and Certification in Internal Medicine in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia.


Dr. Saleh is the establishing Secretary General of The Saudi Osteoporosis Society and served that job from 2009 to 2011 and is still board member. He has established the Saudi Fellowship of Diabetes to be launched in Jan 2016


He is a fellow of The American College of Endocrinology. And member of many hospital and national committees. He has 21 publications in peer reviewed journals in the field of diabetes and endocrinology particularly on aspects of diabetes, metabolic syndrome and Vitamin D in Saudi Arabia. Lately, this year (2015) he published the first ever Saudi National Guidelines on Osteoporosis and is currently putting the latest touches on a book for patients with Diabetes.