Confirmed Speakers

Prof. Didier Hans, PhD, MBA
Head of Research and Development, Bone Imaging
Lausanne University Hospital
Lausanne, Switzerland


Prof. Didier Hans, Ph.D., MBA. is the Head of Research and Development in the Bone and Joint Department at the Center of Bone Disease at Lausanne University Hospital. Prof. Hans has extensive experience in DXA, bone macro- & microarchitecture, ultrasound imaging techniques as well as Body composition assessment. Prof. Hans teaches courses in bone and body composition imaging as well as on osteoporosis. In addition, he is a certified full clinician faculty and full technologist faculty for the International Society of Clinical Densitometry Bone Densitometry course. Prof. Hans served as the 1st non North American International Society of Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) President and remained an active member of the ISCD Board of Directors as well as a member of the scientific advisory committee of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF). He has authored more than 210 articles, over 20 book chapters and serves as a reviewer and/or member of the editorial board for more than 10 international scientific journals. As a musculoskeletal expert, Prof. Hans has been invited to present at over 400 conferences and events on topics including osteoporosis, bone quality and bone fractures, among other subjects. Prof. Hans was the recipient of the Dr. John P. Bilezikian ISCD Global Leadership Award (2013) as well as the ISCD clinician of the year award (2006) for distinguished services to the field of bone densitometry.


Prior his current position, Pr. Hans was during 10 years the Head of the R&D in the Radiology Department, Bone and Body composition laboratory at University of Geneva, Switzerland. Previously, he was the Director of the Quality Assurance Center for Clinical Research and the associate director of R&D for the ultrasound unit at the Osteoporosis and Arthritis Research Group (OARG) at UCSF, San Francisco, USA (directed by Prof Harry K. Genant). At earlier stage, he was the director of both Bone Densitometry and New Technologies Department and Quality Assurance Center at the Centre d’Epidémiologie des Ostéoporoses in Lyon, France (directed by Profs Pierre J. Meunier and Pierre D. Delmas).

Dr. Jumaa Al Kaabi, MD, FACE
Consultant Endocrinologist
Tawam Hospital
Associate Professor & Assistant Dean for Clinical Affairs
United Arab Emirates University
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates


Dr. Alkaabi is an Associate Professor of Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, UAE University and consultant Internist, Endocrinologist at the two teaching hospitals (Tawam and Al-Ain). He provide comprehensive ambulatory setting and consultative service in General Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism where, he deliver a modern clinical service, and obtained the basic medical science degree from the University of St. Andrews Scotland in 1990 and the Medical Degree from University of Manchester- England in 1993. Subsequently he trained in Internal Medicine in the United Kingdom followed by Clinical Fellowship in Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Alberta- Edmonton- Canada where he spent two years and a half as clinical fellow at the department of Endocrinology and Metabolism and he was attached to the islet cell transplant unit. Dr. Alkaabi have significant inputs into the clinical healthcare system of the UAE through his membership of the Ministry of Health National Diabetes Committee. In the community, he made his speciality of diabetes reachable and understandable by the general population to direct involvement with national guidelines preparations and awareness campaigns. Dr. Alkaabi have been active in contributing to the CME, public health awareness in the community. In addition, he have been successful in organising the Annual Diabetes Workshops in the Faculty of Medicine UAE University and have been a member of the scientific committee for many local conferences, workshops and scientific meetings.

Prof. Aliya Khan, MD, FRCPC, FACP, FACE
Professor of Clinical Medicine, Divisions of Endocrinology and Metabolism and Geriatrics
McMaster University
Ontario, Canada


Dr. Khan is a Professor of Clinical Medicine, Divisions of Endocrinology and Metabolism and Geriatrics at McMaster University and Director of the Calcium Disorders Clinic at McMaster University. She graduated from the University of Ottawa Medical School with Honors and completed postgraduate training at the University of Toronto. She has published over 150 scientific papers on osteoporosis and parathyroid disease as well as numerous book chapters and is the Editor of the Handbook of Parathyroid Diseases. Dr. Khan has been recognized by national and international awards including the International Clinician Instructor of the Year 2011 award by the International Society of Clinical Densitometry .The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for 2012 for excellence in clinical care, research and teaching as well as the International Hypoparathyroidism Award for 2014.

Dr. Yousef Saleh, MD
Division Head and Consultant Endocrinologist, Assistant Professor of Medicine and Endocrinology
King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences
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.