Stephen H. LaFranchi, M.D.

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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.

Selected Publications

"A standardized nomenclature zor cervical spine sozt-tissue release and osteotomy zor deformity correction," Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine (Vol: 19, Issue: 3, Page 269-278) - 2013

"Change in classification grade by the srs-schwab adult spinal deformity classification predicts impact on health-related quality of life measures; prospective analysis of operative and nonoperative treatment," Spine (Vol: 38, Issue: 19, Page 1663-1671) - 2013

"Comparison of patient and surgeon perceptions of adverse events after adult spinal deformity surgery," Spine (Vol: 38, Issue: 9, Page 732-736) - 2013

"Does recombinant human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2) use in adult spinal deformity (ASD) increase complications and are complications associated with location of rhBMP-2 use?: A prospective, multicenter study of 279 consecutive patients," Spine - 2013

"Identification of decision criteria for revision surgery among patients with proximal junctional failure after surgical treatment of spinal deformity," Spine (Vol: 38, Issue: 19, Page E1223-E1227) - 2013


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Memberships & Associations

Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society
The Endocrine Society American Thyroid Association
Society for Pediatric Research American Pediatric Society
American Federation for Clinical Research
Western Society for Pediatric Research
American Academy of Pediatrics (Section on Endocrinology
North Pacific Pediatric Society
Oregon Pediatric Society
Portland Academy of Pediatrics