Stephen H. LaFranchi, MD - Pediatric Endocrinology

Dr. Stephen H. LaFranchi reviews medical content for Healthwise, a nonprofit organization with a mission to help people make better health decisions. Dr. LaFranchi is a professor in the Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology, at Oregon Health Sciences University. He was recognized as one of "The Best Doctors in America" by a selection of peers in 1994 and 1995. Dr. LaFranchi is actively involved in research and has received many grants to fund research on various pediatric endocrine-related conditions.

Dr. LaFranchi serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Thyroid. He reviews for the Journal of Pediatrics, Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, Pediatrics, Pediatric Research, American Journal of Diseases of Children, and New England Journal of Medicine.

Dr. LaFranchi has trained 24 pediatric endocrinology fellows at Oregon Health Sciences University. He is widely published in peer-reviewed medical journals. He has authored or coauthored numerous book chapters, abstracts, and medical papers. He has contributed 8 chapters to UpToDate, a CD ROM and Web-based reference.

Board Certifications

American Board of Pediatrics
American Board of Pediatrics, Pediatric Endocrinology

Healthwise Knowledgebase Topics Reviewed

Klinefelter's Syndrome
Type 1 Diabetes: Children Living with the Disease


M.D.: University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Medical School, 1969
Pediatric Internship: UCLA, 1969–1970
Pediatric Residency: UCLA, 1970–1972
Pediatric Endocrine Fellowship: UCLA, 1972–1975

Academic/Hospital Appointments

Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Oregon Health Sciences and Head, Pediatric Endocrinology, 1975–1980
Associate Professor, University of Oregon Health Sciences, 1980–1985
Professor, University of Oregon Health Sciences, 1985–present
Associate Chair for Education, University of Oregon Health Sciences, 1994–2001
Head, Pediatric Endocrinology Division, Oregon Health Sciences University, 1975–2001
Director, Pediatric Endocrinology Training Program, Oregon Health Sciences University, 1981–2001

Professional Affiliations

American Academy of Pediatrics
American Diabetes Association
American Federation for Clinical Research
American Pediatric Society
American Thyroid Association
Endocrine Society
European Society for Pediatric Research
Lawson Wilkins Pediatric Endocrine Society
North Pacific Pediatric Society
Oregon Pediatric Society
Pediatric Endocrine Association for Research and Learning (PEARL)
Portland Academy of Pediatrics
Society for Pediatric Research
Western Society for Pediatric Research

Selected Publications

  1. Raymond J, LaFranchi SDH (2010). Fetal and neonatal thyroid function: A review and summary of significant new findings. Current Opinion in Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Obesity, 17(1):1–17.
  2. LaFranchi SH (2008). Should the levothyroxine starting dose be tailored to disease severity in neonates with congenital hypothyroidism? Nature Clinical Practice. Endocrinology and Metabolism, 4(12), 658–659.
  3. DeBoer MD, LaFranchi S (2008). Differential presentation for children with autoimmune thyroiditis discovered because of symptom development or screening. Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism, 21(8): 753–761.
  4. LaFranchi S (2007). Comments: Iodine requirements during pregnancy, lactation and the neonatal period, and indicators of optimal iodine nutrition. Public Health Nutrition, 10(12A): 1581–1583.
  5. DeBoer M, LaFranchi S (2007). Pediatric thyroid testing issues. Pediatric Endocrinology Reviews, 5(Suppl 1): 570–577.
  6. LaFranchi S, Austin J (2007). How should we be treating children with congenital hypothyroidism? Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology and Metabolism, 20(5): 559–578.
  7. Kaye CI, Committee on Genetics, Accurso F, LaFranchi S, Lane PA, Hope N, Pang S, Bradley S, Lloyd-Puryear MA (2006). Newborn screening fact sheets. Pediatrics, 118(3): e934–e963.
  8. Hollowell JG, LaFranchi S, Smallridge RC, Spong CY, Haddow JE, Boyle CA (2005). Where do we go from here? Summary of Working group discussions on thyroid function and gestational outcomes. Thyroid, 15(1):72–76.

Financial Disclosure

This reviewer reported no financial conflicts.

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