Susan Fisher-Owens, MD, MPH

Title(s)Professor, Pediatrics
SchoolSchool of Medicine
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    Dartmouth College, Hanover, NHABGovernment/History
    Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MDMPH05/1996International Health Care Systems
    George Washington University, Washington, DCMD05/2001
    Children's National Medical Center, Washington, DC2004Pediatric Primary Care

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    I am a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics in the UCSF School of Medicine, and Clinical Professor of Preventive and Restorative Dental Sciences in the UCSF School of Dentistry. My goal is to increase the rate and quality of preventive care provided to all children, but especially those who come from less resourced circumstances. I work to accomplish this through clinic, research, and service.

    I love being a primary care pediatrician, helping children (and families) grow and develop, at the county hospital, Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Concurrently, I get the challenge and pleasure of teaching medical, nursing, and dental students.

    My research focuses on preventing the most common chronic condition of childhood, dental cavities, by employing preventive strategies in primary care medical and other non-dental settings, as one example of changing the approach. My conceptual model of children's oral health has been cited widely, and my research now focuses on eliminating oral health disparities. I have been extending this work to help those pregnant and elderly.

    I serve locally with CavityFreeSF and in the greater San Francisco region, plus nationally, and internationally. I serve on the California State Oral Health Plan and the California Perinatal and Infant Oral Health Quality Advisory Board. I worked as an executive committee member on the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Oral Health, and still write policies and give workshops for them. I am honored to be asked to write and speak nationally and internationally on my work.

    Drawing from my clinic practice, I also have a deep desire to understand immunizations so I can help parents and providers make educated decisions about their preventive care. One skiIlset I have developed is in informatics, to use systems to improve the quality of care provided; I am boarded by the American College of Preventive Medicine, as well as the American Board of Pediatrics.

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    1. Association between low fluoride exposure and children's intelligence: a meta-analysis relevant to community water fluoridation. Public Health. 2023 Jun; 219:73-84. Kumar JV, Moss ME, Liu H, Fisher-Owens S. PMID: 37120936.
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    2. Pediatric Patient-Centered Care in General Dentistry: We’re Closer Than You Might Think. Journal of the California Dental Association. 2021 Oct 1; 49(10):631-639. Hammersmith HK, Fisher-Owens FS, Casamassimo CP. .
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    3. Oral and Dental Aspects of Child Abuse and Neglect. . 2020 Apr 6; 105-112. Fisher-Owens FS, Lukefahr LJ, Tate TA. .
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    4. Review of Safety, Frequency and Intervals of Preventive Fluoride Varnish Application for Children. Journal of the California Dental Association. 2019 Nov 1; 47(11):713-718. Berens BL, Cholera CM, Elam ED, Fisher-Owens FS, Fisher FM, Gansky GS, Hilton HI, Lugtu LK, Isman IR, Musselman ME, Pollick PH, Zhan ZL. .
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    5. The Interprofessional Role in Dental Caries Management: Ways Medical Providers Can Support Oral Health (Perspectives from a Physician). Dent Clin North Am. 2019 10; 63(4):669-677. Fisher-Owens SA. PMID: 31470921.
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    6. Constructing Matched Groups in Dental Observational Health Disparity Studies for Causal Effects. JDR Clin Trans Res. 2020 01; 5(1):82-91. Cheng J, Gregorich SE, Gansky SA, Fisher-Owens SA, Kottek AM, White JM, Mertz EA. PMID: 30931723; PMCID: PMC6918038.
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    7. Oral Health in Children. Pediatric Clinics of North America. 2018 Oct 1; 65(5):i. Coppes CM, Fisher-Owens FS. .
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    8. Preventing Oral Disease: Alternative Providers and Places to Address This Commonplace Condition. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2018 10; 65(5):1063-1072. Fisher-Owens SA, Mertz E. PMID: 30213349.
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    9. Oral Health: A Critical Piece to Develop into a Healthy Adult. Pediatr Clin North Am. 2018 10; 65(5):xvii-xix. Coppes MJ, Fisher-Owens SA. PMID: 30213361.
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    10. Gathering the Fish and Casting a Net: San Francisco's Children's Oral Health Strategic Plan. Pediatrics. 2017 Sep 1; 140(1_MeetingAbstract):93-93. Fisher-Owens FS, Brown BC, Chung CL, Fisher FM, Gansky GS, Santiago SA, Grumbach GK. .
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    11. Case Study: School-Based Oral Health Screening in San Francisco as an Essential Public Health Service. Journal of the California Dental Association. 2017 Aug 1; 45(8):405-417. Stookey SJ, Fisher FM, Chung CL, Gansky GS, Jue JM, Fisher-Owens FS, Elam ED, Miller MC, Sit SC, Patel PP, Hilton HI. .
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    13. Oral and Dental Aspects of Child Abuse and Neglect. Pediatr Dent. 2017 Jul 15; 39(4):278-283. Fisher-Owens SA, Lukefahr JL, Tate AR. PMID: 29122066.
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    14. Increased public reimbursement for prophylactic visits with dentists associated with increased receipt of preventive dental services in children. J Public Health Dent. 2017 Jun; 77(3):183-187. Fisher-Owens SA, Amendola L, Featherstone JDB, Inge RE, Flaherman VJ. PMID: 28369857.
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    15. Geography matters: state-level variation in children's oral health care access and oral health status. Public Health. 2016 May; 134:54-63. Fisher-Owens SA, Soobader MJ, Gansky SA, Isong IA, Weintraub JA, Platt LJ, Newacheck PW. PMID: 26995567; PMCID: PMC4884054.
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    16. Does Payment Structure for Preventive Dentistry IMPACT ORAL Health Outcomes?: Table:. Pediatrics. 2016 Feb 1; 137(Supplement 3):532a-532a. Fisher-Owens FS, Amendola AL, Flaherman FV. .
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    17. Gathering the Fish and Casting a Net: San Francisco's Children's Oral Health Strategic Plan. Pediatrics. 2016 Feb 1; 137(Supplement 3):529a-529a. Fisher-Owens FS, Carolyn L CB, Chung CL, Fisher FM, Gansky GS, Santiago SA, Grumbach GK. .
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    18. Congenital hypothyroidism presenting with seizures in a newborn. Journal of Pediatric Neurology. 2015 Jul 29; 02(02):111-113. Aly AH, Kanter KD, Fisher-Owens FS. .
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    19. Broadening perspectives on pediatric oral health care provision: social determinants of health and behavioral management. Pediatr Dent. 2014 Mar-Apr; 36(2):115-20. Fisher-Owens S. PMID: 24717748.
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    20. Maternal differences and birth outcome disparities: Diversity within a high risk prenatal clinic. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2014 Mar 01; 1(1):12-20. Thomas M, Spielvogel A, Cohen F, Fisher-Owens S, Stotland N, Wolfe B, Shumway M. PMID: 24921060; PMCID: PMC4048725.
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    21. An examination of racial/ethnic disparities in children's oral health in the United States. J Public Health Dent. 2013; 73(2):166-74. Fisher-Owens SA, Isong IA, Soobader MJ, Gansky SA, Weintraub JA, Platt LJ, Newacheck PW. PMID: 22970900; PMCID: PMC3702186.
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    22. Racial disparity trends in children's dental visits: US National Health Interview Survey, 1964-2010. Pediatrics. 2012 Aug; 130(2):306-14. Isong IA, Soobader MJ, Fisher-Owens SA, Weintraub JA, Gansky SA, Platt LJ, Newacheck PW. PMID: 22753556; PMCID: PMC3408679.
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    23. Decreasing Cycle Time in a Multi-Disciplinary Clinic. Academic Pediatrics. 2012 May 1; 12(3):e16. Schumer SJ, OBrien OJ, Boyd BR, Levy LE, Duvall DJ, Thyne TS, Fisher-Owens FS. .
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    24. Evidence suggests there was not a "resurgence" of kernicterus in the 1990s. Pediatrics. 2011 Apr; 127(4):672-9. Brooks JC, Fisher-Owens SA, Wu YW, Strauss DJ, Newman TB. PMID: 21444599.
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    25. Telephone case management for asthma: an acceptable and effective intervention within a diverse pediatric population. J Asthma. 2011 Mar; 48(2):156-61. Fisher-Owens SA, Boddupalli G, Thyne SM. PMID: 21332378.
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    26. The complexities of home visitation for children with asthma in underserved communities. J Asthma. 2011 Mar; 48(2):210. Thyne SM, Fisher-Owens SA. PMID: 21303268.
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    27. Most pregnant women in California do not receive dental care: findings from a population-based study. Public Health Rep. 2010 Nov-Dec; 125(6):831-42. Marchi KS, Fisher-Owens SA, Weintraub JA, Yu Z, Braveman PA. PMID: 21121228; PMCID: PMC2966664.
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    28. Assessing a multilevel model of young children's oral health with national survey data. Community Dent Oral Epidemiol. 2010 Aug; 38(4):287-98. Bramlett MD, Soobader MJ, Fisher-Owens SA, Weintraub JA, Gansky SA, Platt LJ, Newacheck PW. PMID: 20370808; PMCID: PMC3025295.
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    29. Giving policy some teeth: routes to reducing disparities in oral health. Health Aff (Millwood). 2008 Mar-Apr; 27(2):404-12. Fisher-Owens SA, Barker JC, Adams S, Chung LH, Gansky SA, Hyde S, Weintraub JA. PMID: 18332496.
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    30. Influences on children's oral health: a conceptual model. Pediatrics. 2007 09; 120(3):e510-20. Fisher-Owens SA, Gansky SA, Platt LJ, Weintraub JA, Soobader MJ, Bramlett MD, Newacheck PW. PMID: 17766495.
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    31. Racial Disparities in Children Hospitalized with Asthma at Academic Childrens' Hospitals. Pediatric Allergy Immunology and Pulmonology. 2006 Sep 1; 19(3):162-171. Fisher-Owens FS, Turenne TW, Chavanu CK, Slonim SA. .
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