Stephen H. LaFranchi M.D.

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Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Endocrinology School of Medicine

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  • Pediatrics

Special focus on

  • Endocrinology (Pediatric)


  • M.D., University of California, Los Angeles California 0 1969
  • Residency:

    • David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, California
  • Fellowship:

    • David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Los Angeles, California
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Pediatrics 1974 (lifetime certification), sub specialty certification in pediatric endocrinology 1978 (lifetime certification), voluntarily re-certified in 1993


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, M.D. (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.

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  • Spanish (some)

Memberships and 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

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