Ellen Fung, PhD, RD, CCD

Phone: 510-428-4939




Ellen Fung, PhD, RD, CCD is an Associate Research Scientist with advanced training in nutrition and a long-standing interest in the impact of nutrition on children with chronic disease. The complexity of trace element metabolism and the paucity of information that is available for many of the essential trace minerals, particularly zinc, was an initial focus of Dr. Fung’s research. She has continued to focus on trace mineral metabolism (zinc and iron) in particular the relationship to bone health and growth in a variety of chronic pediatric disorders including thalassemia, sickle cell disease, cerebral palsy, Rett syndrome, and mucopolysaccaridosis.

Dr. Fung is also the Co-Director of the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) Summer Student Research Program. The SSRP is a mentored research training program focused on increasing diversity in the Health Sciences. Selected underrepresented high school and undergraduate students are paired to work one-on-one with a practicing scientist where they conduct, and ultimately present, the results from independent research.

As the Director of the Bone Density Clinic at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland, Dr. Fung assesses the bone health of a variety of different chronic diseases of childhood. In 2016, Dr. Fung and Colleagues published the second edition of the practical and highly anticipated text, Bone Health Assessment in Pediatrics: Guidelines for Clinical Practice. It is considered the gold-standard resource for evaluating bone health in children and adolescents. This edition offers a comprehensive, fully updated resource for addressing bone health in these populations. Authors include international experts in measuring and analyzing bone density pediatrics, and the chapters reflect the most recent International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) Guidelines for Pediatric DXA assessment, interpretation and reporting.


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