it is important to have joint decision-making between the medical team and the families and caregivers to determine the best approach for the individual patient.
Halley M. Wasserman, MD, MS



As a pediatric endocrinologist, my clinical care and research focus on disorders of bone mineralization, pediatric osteoporosis and puberty disorders. I was drawn to this field because I wanted to help children and their families manage these conditions and live a full life.

Pediatric bone health is influenced by many factors, making each patient's story unique. Treatments for pediatric bone disorders are not always straightforward or clear cut. That’s why it is important to have joint decision-making between the medical team and the families and caregivers to determine the best approach for the individual patient.

Our team strives to educate families on their child's condition so that they can make good decisions about their care. We also are accessible for families as questions come up along the way.

I was honored to be one of Cincinnati Magazine’s Top Doctors in 2020. I also serve on committees within the Pediatric Endocrine Society and the International Society for Clinical Densitometry to develop guidelines and educate clinicians about pediatric bone disorders.

My research aims to understand the modifiable risk factors for fragility fractures in pediatric patients. My colleagues and I are also testing interventions to optimize bone health during childhood.

In my spare time, I absolutely love going to the Cincinnati Zoo. I would go there every week if I could.

MD: Northeastern Ohio Medical University, Rootstown, OH, 2009.

Residency: Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2012.

Endocrine Fellowship: Endocrinology, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2015.

Research Fellowship: Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2016.

MS: Clinical and Translational Research, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH, 2016.

Certification: Pediatrics, 2012; Pediatric Endocrinology, 2015.


Pediatric endocrinology; calcium and phosphorus mineralization disorders; osteoporosis; pubertal disorders; skeletal growth

Services and Specialties



Osteoporosis specifically in populations with limited mobility; puberty and reproductive health

Research Areas


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The Utility of DXA Assessment at the Forearm, Proximal Femur, and Lateral Distal Femur, and Vertebral Fracture Assessment in the Pediatric Population: 2019 ISCD Official Position. Weber, DR; Boyce, A; Gordon, C; Hoglee, W; Kecskemethy, HH; Misra, M; Swolin-Eide, D; Tebben, P; Ware, LM; Wasserman, H; et al. Journal of Clinical Densitometry. 2019; 22:567-589.


Outcomes following intravenous bisphosphonate infusion in pediatric patients: A 7-year retrospective chart review. Nasomyont, N; Hornung, LN; Gordon, CM; Wasserman, H. Bone. 2019; 121:60-67.


Use of dual energy X-ray absorptiometry in pediatric patients. Wasserman, H; O'Donnell, JM; Gordon, CM. Bone. 2017; 104:84-90.


Bone Mineralization and Fracture Risk Assessment in the Pediatric Population. Wasserman, H; Gordon, CM. Journal of Clinical Densitometry. 2017; 20:389-396.


Low bone mineral density and fractures are highly prevalent in pediatric patients with spinal muscular atrophy regardless of disease severity. Wasserman, HM; Hornung, LN; Stenger, PJ; Rutter, MM; Wong, BL; Rybalsky, I; Khoury, JC; Kalkwarf, HJ. Neuromuscular Disorders. 2017; 27:331-337.


Two Case Reports of FGF23-Induced Hypophosphatemia in Childhood Biliary Atresia. Wasserman, H; Ikomi, C; Hafberg, ET; Miethke, AG; Bove, KE; Backeljauw, PF. Pediatrics. 2016; 138:e20154453.

Initiation of Continuous rhPTH Infusion With Insulin Pump in an Inpatient Setting. Lindsay Mart, F; Winer, KK; Johnson, K; Wasserman, H. 2023; 1:luad136.

Age-related trajectory of bone density in children with intestinal failure: A longitudinal retrospective cohort study. Ali, F; Cole, CR; Hornung, L; Mouzaki, M; Wasserman, H; Kalkwarf, HJ. Journal of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. 2023; 47:736-745.

Characterizing the Adolescent Premature Ovarian Insufficiency Phenotype: A Case Control Study. Wasserman, HM; Kalkwarf, HJ; Altaye, M; Yolton, K; Kanj, RV; Gordon, CM. Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology. 2023; 36:122-127.

24 Longitudinal Risk of Bone Disease in a Diverse Pediatric Population Undergoing Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant. Sabulski, DA; Segev, N; Hornung, L; Wasserman, H; Myers, K; Howell, JC. Transplantation and cellular therapy. 2023; 29:s20-s21.

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