Lisa Samson-Fang, MD

Developmental Pediatrician
Professor, Department of Pediatrics
Division of General Pediatrics
Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry
University of Utah Health Sciences Center

Department of Pediatrics
University of Utah Health Sciences Center
50 N. Medical Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132
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Dr. Samson-Fang completed medical school at Johns Hopkins University, pediatric residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics fellowship at the University of Virginia’s Kluge Children’s Rehabilitation Center. She joined the University of Utah Department of Pediatrics in 1997.

Dr. Samson-Fang’s clinical practice focuses on primary care for children with special health care needs within a medical home model. She provides consultative support for children with a wide variety of developmental and behavioral concerns. She is a pediatric consultant interdisciplinary and osteogenesis imperfect clinics at Shriner’s Intermountain West Orthopedic Hospital and co-directs the Down Syndrome Clinic at Primary Children’s Hospital.

Dr. Samson-Fang participated in the North American Growth in Cerebral Palsy Project. She continues a clinical focus in the nutritional issues of children with neurodevelopmental disability. Academic interests include the medical treatment of children with osteogenesis imperfect and trisomy 21, and the role of the medical home in providing optimal health care to children with complex conditions.

Dr. Samson-Fang plays an active teaching role with regard to general pediatric and Developmental Behavioral pediatrics and provides teaching to medical students, pediatric/family practice, and psychiatry residents, and trainees in many other disciplines (e.g., physical/occupational therapy, psychology, social work, education) through her participation in the Utah Regional Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities Program.

Dr. Samson-Fang is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Ambulatory Pediatric Society, the American Board of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine.

Selected Bibliography:

Fung EB, Samson-Fang L, Stallings VA, Conaway M, Liptak G, Henderson RC, Worley G, O'Donnell M, Calvert R, Rosenbaum P, Chumlea W, Stevenson RD.
Feeding dysfunction is associated with poor growth and health status in children with cerebral palsy.
J Am Diet Assoc. 2002;102(3):361-73. PubMed abstract

Shah P, Norlin C, Logsdon V, Samson-Fang L.
Gynecological care for adolescents with disability: physician comfort, perceived barriers, and potential solutions.
J Pediatr Adolesc Gynecol. 2005;18(2):101-4. PubMed abstract

Stevenson RD, Conaway M, Chumlea WC, Rosenbaum P, Fung EB, Henderson RC, Worley G, Liptak G, O'Donnell M, Samson-Fang L, Stallings VA.
Growth and health in children with moderate-to-severe cerebral palsy.
Pediatrics. 2006;118(3):1010-8. PubMed abstract

Castillo H, Samson-Fang L.
Effects of bisphosphonates in children with osteogenesis imperfecta: an AACPDM systematic review.
Dev Med Child Neurol. 2009;51(1):17-29. PubMed abstract

Wiart L, Kolaski K, Butler C, Vogtle L, Logan LR, Hickman R, Romeiser J, Samson-Fang L, Matsuba CA, Baird MW, Roxborough L, Mayson T, Dinu I.
Interrater reliability and convergent validity of the American Academy for Cerebral Palsy and Developmental Medicine methodology for conducting systematic reviews.
Dev Med Child Neurol. 2012;54(7):606-11. PubMed abstract