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, growth and body composition in a variety of chronic pediatric disorders including thalassemia, sickle cell disease, cerebral palsy, Rett syndrome, mucopolysaccaridosis and vitamin D deficiency rickets.

She is also the Director of the Bone Density Clinic at the UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital, Oakland and the Co-Director of the Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) Summer Research Internship program.
Dr. Fung and Colleagues recently 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 2013 International Society for Clinical Densitometry (ISCD) Guidelines for Pediatric DXA assessment, interpretation and reporting. This indispensable reference covers all the important changes in the field over the last 9 years.

Information about the text can be found here.

For more information about the Bone Density Clinic


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