Stephen H. LaFranchi, M.D.

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Special Interest:
Endocrinology (Pediatric)
Accepting Patients:
English, Spanish (some)

"We care for children with gland or hormone problems, including the pituitary, thyroid or adrenal gland; our patients often are referred because of concerns about growth or puberty. In addition, we care for children with diabetes. I feel privileged to be trusted with the care of this very special group of children."


Dr. LaFranchi has been a member of the OHSU Department of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology since he completed residency and fellowship training in 1975. He served as Chief of the Division of Pediatric Endocrinology from 1975 until 2001. His major clinical interests include childhood diabetes and disorders of growth, puberty, and thyroid disorders. Dr. LaFranchi serves as the pediatric endocrinology consultant to the Northwest Regional Newborn Screening Program; he is responsible for follow-up of babies with congenital hypothyroidism and congenital adrenal hyperplasia. Dr. LaFranchi has served on many professional society committees, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Endocrine Society. He has served as an officer, including President of the Portland Academy of Pediatrics and Treasurer and then President of the Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society. He has a long-standing interest in teaching and research, but he enjoys most caring for children.Dr. LaFranchi lives in Portland with his wife, Pam Fisher, MD (a pediatrician) and their two sons. He is active with their school activities, including serving as a youth soccer and lacrosse coach. Family hobbies include biking, fishing, and gardening.


  • Degree:
    M.D., University of California, Los Angeles, CA, 1969
  • Residency:
    David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, California
  • Fellowship:
    David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, California
  • Certification:
    American Board of Pediatrics 1974 (lifetime certification) sub specialty certification in pediatric endocrinology 1978 (lifetime certification), voluntarily re-certified in 1993

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