Our Commitment

The Northern California Institute for Bone Health, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization under the regulations of the Internal Revenue Service.  All contributions to the Institution are tax-deductible to the extent provided by law.

The Northern California Institute for Bone Health, Inc., is dedicated to detection of bone loss and, improvement in treatment utilizing bone density testing, clinical research and education of physicians, allied health professionals and the general public.


Our Mission

It is our mission to improve the care of individuals affected by bone disease and fractures through education, research, and diagnostic testing by bone densitometry. We strive to optimize the skeletal health of our population and education of healthcare providers. We provide the highest level of bone densitometry with advanced software to better stratify fracture risk for each individual.


Our Values

Social Responsibility
Northern California Institute of Bone Health, Inc. ultimately dedicates itself to living up to its responsibility in social service, community health, and environmental safety.

Passion for Excellence
We believe in having a passion of excellence in every aspect of the work we do; in the overall delivery of service to our customers, in ensuring that we meet the highest national and international standards.

We are committed to continuous discovery of new ways by which we can deliver excellent healthcare. We shall openly share our ideas and challenge the status quo knowing that in doing so we will become the best Metabolic Bone Health provider.

Customer Focus
We are selflessly dedicated to our customers, to whom we will provide compassionate and dependable service at the heart of all our endeavors.

We shall constantly upgrade our individual and organizational competencies in the areas of service, technology, research, and professional expertise. This will be the key drive to sustain our leadership in the industry.

We are committed to the vision and through teamwork we shall be one in pursuit of this. We shall care for each other and treat one another with respect. We shall be open-minded and listen to each other and ensure that we perform our work excellently, realizing that others depend on us to do so.


Our Densitometers

Hologic Discovery A and GE Lunar Prodigy Advance.




Our Founder  |   Elliott N. Schwartz, MD, CCD, CPD

doc02Dr. Schwartz is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland and the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center.  He trained in Internal Medicine at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park, NY.  He subsequently moved to California to complete his Residency in Pathology and Fellowships in Surgical Pathology and Nephrology at Stanford University Medical Center.  Dr. Schwartz is Board certified in Internal Medicine and Nephrology (1994-2004) and Board eligible in Pathology.  He has taught in the past at the Stanford University Medical Center, at the Fort Miley VA Hospital (UCSF teaching hospital) and at Highland-Alameda County Hospital.  He has held positions as Chief of Nephrology Services at Providence Hospital in Oakland and as Co-Director of the Acute Dialysis Unit at Samuel Merritt Hospital and Merritt-Peralta Medical Center, and is Co-Medical Director of the Walnut Creek Dialysis Unit.  Dr. Schwartz developed his interest in metabolic bone disease through his experience in treating renal dialysis patients with complications associated with renal osteodystrophy (now Chronic Kidney Disease – Metabolic Bone Disease [CKD-MBD]) and interest in osteoporosis through consultations for orthopedists with patients with bone problems.  He is one of few physicians on the West Coast who performs double tetracycline-labeled metabolic bone biopsies in clinical practice.

He was the Founder, Board Member, Medical Director and Co-Medical Director of the Foundation for Osteoporosis Research and Education (FORE) in Oakland (1990-2005).  Presently, he is the Founder and Institute Director of the Northern California Institute for Bone Health, Inc. in Orinda, California (2005-present) and Medical Director of the Clark Miller Center for the Evaluation and Treatment of Stress Fractures in the Center for Accelerated Fracture Healing (2008-present).  He has a private practice in Orinda in Internal Medicine, Nephrology, and Metabolic Bone Disease.

Dr. Schwartz is a Team Physician in Internal Medicine for the Oakland Athletics of Major League Baseball; he has been a Team Physician for the Golden State Warriors of the NBA (1983-2011) and served as a consultant for the Oakland Raiders of the NFL (1976-2010).

He has also served on numerous committees and task forces for the International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) over the last fifteen years, as well as having been a past treasurer.  He presently serves as a Regional Representative and is an instructor for the Physician ISCD Bone Densitometry Course (now, Osteoporosis Essentials) (since 1999) and VFA (since its inception) course.  He is experienced with Hologic densitometers (since 1986) and with Lunar DPA/SPA (1983-86) and GE Prodigy since 2001. In April, 2013,  he was appointed Assistant Clinical Professor in the Division of Nephrology of the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, where he will be consulting at the Skeletal Health Clinic at the Orthopaedic Institute.


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