Susan Diem, MD, MPH

Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine

Susan Diem

Contact Info

Mailing Address:
Dr. Susan Diem
c/o Minneapolis VA Health Care System
One Veterans Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55417

Administrative Assistant Name
Jill Charles

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Associate Professor of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine


Medical School, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, LA

Residency, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Aurora, CO

Fellowship, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC


Dr. Diem graduated from medical school at Tulane University and completed her residency training and chief residency at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She joined the faculty at the University of Minnesota in 1997, after completing a fellowship in Ambulatory Care at the Durham Veterans Affairs Medical Center and Duke University. She has a Master’s of Public Health in Epidemiology. Her research interests are concentrated on the epidemiology and treatment of chronic diseases of aging, with a particular focus on osteoporosis and other common age-related conditions such as sleep disturbances. This work has included the conduct and analysis of clinical trials and cohort studies sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and pharmaceutical industry.

Professional Associations

  • Member, American Society of Bone Mineral Research
  • Member, Society of General Internal Medicine
  • Member, American College of Physicians


Research Summary/Interests

  • Chronic disease epidemiology; Clinical trials; Pharmacoepidemiology; Osteoporosis
  • Co-Investigator, NIH/NIA grant, Study of Osteoporotic Fractures (SOF) “Successful Aging” (2011-2016)
  • Co-Investigator, NIH/NIAMS grant, Osteoporotic Fractures in Men (MrOS) (2006-2012)
  • Co-Investigator, NIH/NIA grant (subcontract to California Pacific Medical Center), Changes in Sleep Cognition in Older Women (SOF Sleep Cognition) 2006-2011
  • Co-Investigator, NIH/NHLBI grant, Outcomes of Sleep Disorders in Older Men (MrOS Sleep Study) (2009-2014)
  • Co-Investigator, NIH/NIA grant (subcontract to University of Pennsylvania), The Testosterone Trial (2009-2015)
  • Co-Investigator, NIH/NIA grant (subcontract to University of Pennsylvania), The Testosterone Trial – Bone Ancillary Study (2011-2016)


  • Powles TJ, Diem SJ, Fabian CJ, Neven P, Wickerham L, Cox DA, Muram D, Agnusdei D, Dowsett SA, Amewou-Atisso M Cummings SR. Breast Cancer Incidence in Postmenopausal Women with Osteoporosis or Low Bone Mass using Arzoxifene. Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. 2012; 134(1):299-306
  • Ensrud KE, Stone KL, Blackwell TL, Sawaya GF, Tagliaferri M, Diem SJ, Grady D. Frequency and severity of hot flashes and sleep disturbances in postmenopausal women. Menopause. 2009;16(2):286-292.
  • Diem SJ, Harrison Litwack S, Haney E, Cauley J, Stone K, Orwoll E, Ensrud K. Depressive symptoms and rates of bone loss at the hip in older men. Osteoporosis International. 2012: 1-9.
  • Diem SJ, Blackwell TL, Stone KL, Cauley JA, Hillier TA, Haney EM, Ensrud KE. Use of antidepressant medications and risk of fracture in older women. Calcified Tissue International. 2011;88(6):476-484.
  • Collins TC, Ewing SK, Diem SJ, Taylor BC, Orwoll ES, Cummings SR, Strotmeyer ES, Ensrud KE for the Osteoporotic Fractures in Men (MrOS) Study Group. Peripheral Arterial Disease Is Associated With Higher Rates of Hip Bone Loss and Increased Fracture Risk in Older Men. Circulation. 2009; 119:2305-2312.



Primary Care Center

Board Certifications

  • Internal Medicine

Clinical Interests

Primary Care; Osteoporosis; Internal Medicine; Women's Health

Hospital Privileges

University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview