Dr. Joy Wu is a board-certified endocrinologist who specializes in treating osteoporosis and other bone and mineral diseases, including primary hyperparathyroidism, vitamin D deficiency, Paget's disease and fibrous dysplasia. She has a special interest in optimizing skeletal health for those at risk of bone loss from glucocorticoid treatment, cancer therapies, or organ transplant. She works closely with each individual and his/her referring physician to assess fracture risk, and to develop a tailored treatment and monitoring plan.

Dr Wu is Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Gerontology and Metabolism and Vice Chair of Basic Science in the Department of Medicine at Stanford. She directs a broad basic and translational research program that focuses on skeletal development and the bone marrow hematopoietic niche. Her laboratory is currently studying stem cell therapies for bone formation, and the prevention of cancer metastases to bone ( She has been honored with awards from the NIH Director’s New Innovator Award, the Endocrine Society, the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research, and the Mary Kay Foundation, and she has served on the Board of Directors for the Endocrine Society.

Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Board Certification: American Board of Internal Medicine, Endocrinology, Diabetes and Metabolism (2006)
  • Fellowship: Massachusetts General Hospital (2006) MA
  • Residency: Brigham and Women's Hospital Harvard Medical School (2003) MA
  • Medical Education: Duke University School of Medicine (2001) NC
  • MD/PhD, Duke University (2001)

Honors & Awards
  • Alford Distinguished Lecture, Baylor College of Medicine (2019)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Duke University School of Medicine (1997)
  • Cancer Grant Recipient, The Mary Kay Foundation (2013)
  • Claflin Distinguished Scholar Award, Massachusetts General Hospital (2009)
  • Clinical Scientist Program Instructor Development Award, Harvard Stem Cell Institute (2009)
  • Endocrine Scholars Award, The Endocrine Society (2006)
  • Faculty Women's Forum Allyship Award, Stanford University (2021)
  • John Haddad Young Investigator Award, Advances in Mineral Metabolism (2008)
  • Marsden Memorial Award in Chemistry, Stanford University (1993)
  • Merck Senior Fellow Award, The Endocrine Society (2007)
  • NIH Director's New Innovator Award, NIH (2011)
  • Phi Beta Kappa, Stanford University (1993)
  • Young Investigator Award, American Society for Bone and Mineral Research Annual Meeting (2006)

Administrative Appointments
  • Associate Member, Stanford Diabetes Research Center (2018 - Present)
  • Chief, Division of Endocrinology, Gerontology and Metabolism (2022 - Present)
  • Co-Director, Translational Investigator Program, Department of Medicine (2015 - Present)
  • Vice Chair, Basic Science, Department of Medicine (2020 - Present)


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Practice Locations

Osteoporosis and Metabolic Bone Diseases Clinic Stanford, CA
Stanford, CA

300 Pasteur Drive, 1st Floor, Suite A175

Stanford , CA 94305

(650) 721-1300

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Diabetes Care Program Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

211 Quarry Road

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-9000

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Endocrinology Clinic at Hoover Pavilion Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

211 Quarry Road, 2nd Floor, Suite 205

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 721-1300

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Patient Reviews

(53 reviews)

Very informative. Gave me a lot of good information about medications.
Excellent doctor who came in prepared, showed understanding & empathy. She also replied online questions promptly.
Could not have been better.
Excellent provider.
I have the utmost confidence in Dr. Joy Wu's knowledge of her practice and appreciate her candidness & the time she spends with me as her client.
Dr. Wu is terrific!
Dr. Wu is an awesome doctor. She is thorough and very interested in my concerns.
Dr. Wu was extremely thorough & gave me ample time!
Dr. Wu has a deep understanding of my condition and treatment strategies and options. I trust her decisions completely. She is articulate, explains the plan, interacts with me, and simply provides outstanding care.
Dr. Wu is GREAT! She's pleasant, patient, knowledgeable and takes the time to explain things to us.
Dr. Wu was excellent very caring & fantastic bedside manner.
My experience was very good. Doctor & resident were very clear in their explanations & answers to my questions. Treated me with kindness and spent time with me. I had not received that respectful/caring treatment with my personal GP doctor. So I am very happy at Stanford.
Thank you Dr. Wu for your professional and loving care.
Doctor is very knowledgeable and supportive.
Dr. Wu is an incredibly caring and thorough doctor. I highly recommend her.
She seemed very competent & answered all my questions.
Dr. Wu does a great job of understanding all my concerns and explaining all my options. I feel like we are partners in my care.
Doctor Wu was wonderful - explained very thoroughly - where I was able to understand. Very warm.
So glad I came!! So grateful I got a second opinion!!
Re: words I could understand - Dr. Wu used alternative words when I showed I did not understand. She is great.
This consultation with Dr. Wu was very helpful in helping me weigh all the pros & cons of taking Prolia I had lots of questions and she took the time to give me very detailed and personalized explanations taking into account my own physical condition. Very helpful!
Dr. Wu is exceptionally knowledgeable and devoted the time needed to go over the plan and to answer all of my questions in detail.
Dr. Wu is awesome!
Dr. Wu is a very very good doctor. I would recommend her to anybody who needs the care! Thank you! Dr. Wu, you are the best!!!
Dr. Joy Wu is the best doctor/specialist I have ever worked with, and I have very high confidence in my treatment by her.
Dr. Wu is by far the BEST DOCTOR I've EVER had. She listens & completely included me in her decisions. She took my specific needs into account & discussed w/me her plan & reasoning. Absolutely awesome!!
I really liked Dr. Wu, she spent a lot of time with me - explained test results & implications for short & long term future. She was empathetic & thorough.
Dr. Wu is great & I loved how she walked me through a mathematical analysis of my risk factors.
Dr. Joy Wu is an exceptional physician. Truly concerned for my welfare. Includes me in all discussions and plan of care. Takes care of me as a total person -> physical, mental, emotional. She is the best and a great researcher!
Can't say enough good things about care provider. Please thank Dr. Wu.
I was favorably impressed with Dr. Joy Wu & knowledge of my condition and confident of her recommendations.
Excellent experience.
Dr. Wu is outstanding...quite simply the best endocrinologist I've consulted ever.
Dr. Wu was wonderful - professional and friendly.
Very good experience with Dr. Wu and all others in the clinic.
Excellent doctor.
My experience with Dr. Joy Wu continues to be excellent. She is genuinely concerned for me as her patient - my well being and includes me in her plan of care! After giving her professional best recommendation, the time plan is decided by MD and patient together. She is exceptional.
Very good experience, thanks very much, Dr. Wu!
Dr. Wu is excellent!!
Dr. Wu was very easy to talk to. She discussed my condition and the plan to treat thoroughly and made sure all of my questions were answered.
Dr. Wu is a very patient - friendly MD. Every MD and be like her. She read my medical history before she came to the room so she knew what I went through for the year avoiding what every MD asks you .... what brings you here?
The minute I talked w/her, I already knew she is my doctor who will see me w/my problem. Very thorough, kind, understanding and she explained everything in my level of understanding.
The majority of time was spent with a resident dr. Dr. Wu came in at the end for the final consultation - I would rate her excellent in all categories. I have great confidence in her.
Thank you Dr. Wu - Really nice & explained everything clearly.
Excellent care; Dr. Wu listened and understood my concerns about the medication. I was treated with respect. Excellent doctor and best of all I can TRUST her judgment & advice.
Dr. Wu is a very good, caring, professional. She answers my questions very clear and very helpful. She is a wonderful doctor. I am glad she is my doctor.
She took the time to answer all of my copious notes, and questions.
Dr. Wu is extremely busy did not have enough time to spend with patient.
Dr. Wu is probably one of the very best doctors I have ever seen! She was knowledgeable, caring, kind & excellent!! I was very impressed & feel very fortunate to have been able to have her as my doctor!
The medical staff (MD's) were excellent.
No options except for one medication were recommended. I asked about an additional measures I could take to address my problem (PT, diet, vitamin supplements) and was told I was already day everything possible. Doctor was not willing to explain other options.
Dr. Wu was wonderful! I couldn't have asked for a better exp.

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