President’s Message

ISCD Colleagues,

The opportunity to serve as your president over the next year is a humbling recognition.  I can’t help but admire my predecessors’ achievements while feeling anxious about the many tasks we will undertake over the coming months.

Recently, the board of directors has been engaged in strategic planning to contemplate our society’s future and identify measurable strategic priorities. The goals of this plan are to strengthen the ISCD membership, promote quality, education, and scholarly exchange in order to better serve our members as well as the bone health community.

Throughout the coming year, I will be working with the board and ISCD staff to continue advancing the priorities set out in our strategic plan. Below is an overview of the priorities, and I will report on each in more detail as action plans are finalized and implemented.

  • Refocus the ISCD’s mission and message
  • Link DXA quality to patient outcomes, to support regulations requiring demonstrated competence for DXA performance and interpretation
  • Redouble our efforts to make this a truly international organization
  • Develop new membership models
  • Strengthen our alliances with our sister societies
  • Restructure our board and other governance mechanisms to accommodate these changes

Much of our activity this year will focus on developing and implementing action plans to address each of these priorities. This work has already been started.  As we undertake the research and exploration of new membership models, programs, partnerships and revenue streams for ISCD, our ultimate goal is to increase the value that ISCD delivers to our members. In all these initiatives, we seek input from the membership, including those who have not been active in the past.

I’d like to thank John Carey for leading the strategic planning effort, Eoin Trevelyan for facilitating and guiding the work, Diane Krueger, Chris Shuhart, and Peter Brown for their efforts as members of the planning group, Kate Queen for her prudent and canny oversight of our finances, the board for their thoughtful and enthusiastic embrace of the strategic planning project, and the staff, who have consistently risen to every challenge.

My fellow members, I invite you to get involved with the ISCD.  This is your society and your engagement will make it stronger and better. I look forward to getting to know all of you better over the next year.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to me.




Robert Blank, MD, PhD, CCD
President of the ISCD (

Last modified: March 19, 2018