Hiu-fai Fong, MD, MSHP is a Staff Physician on the Child Protection Team in the Division of General Pediatrics at Boston Children's Hospital and an Instructor in Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School. She is a general pediatrician with a subspecialty in child abuse pediatrics. Her research focuses on improving mental health outcomes for maltreated children and their caregivers. She has conducted research on the impact of child and caregiver mental health services after maltreatment, as well as barriers to mental health services linkage after child sexual abuse.



Dr. Fong received her MD from Harvard Medical School through the Harvard-MIT Health Sciences and Technology Program. She completed pediatrics residency in the Boston Combined Residency Program at Boston Children's Hospital and Boston Medical Center in 2011. She then completed fellowship training in Child Abuse Pediatrics from the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and received her Masters of Science in Health Policy through the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014. She received her Board Certification in Pediatrics in 2011.


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  1. Alegria M, Falgas-Bague I, Fong HF. Engagement of ethnic minorities in mental health care. World Psychiatry. 2020 Feb; 19(1):35-36. View abstract
  2. Fong HF, Tamene M, Morley DS, Morris A, Estela MG, Singerman A, Bair-Merritt MH. Perceptions of the Implementation of Pediatric Behavioral Health Integration in 3 Community Health Centers. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2019 10; 58(11-12):1201-1211. View abstract
  3. Fong HF, Rothman EF, Garner A, Ghazarian SR, Morley DS, Singerman A, Bair-Merritt MH. Association Between Health Literacy and Parental Self-Efficacy among Parents of Newborn Children. J Pediatr. 2018 11; 202:265-271.e3. View abstract
  4. Greenbaum VJ, Titchen K, Walker-Descartes I, Feifer A, Rood CJ, Fong HF. Multi-level prevention of human trafficking: The role of health care professionals. Prev Med. 2018 09; 114:164-167. View abstract
  5. Fong HF, Alegria M, Bair-Merritt MH, Beardslee W. Factors associated with mental health services referrals for children investigated by child welfare. Child Abuse Negl. 2018 05; 79:401-412. View abstract
  6. Fong HF, Bennett CE, Mondestin V, Scribano PV, Mollen C, Wood JN. The Impact of Child Sexual Abuse Discovery on Caregivers and Families: A Qualitative Study. J Interpers Violence. 2020 Nov; 35(21-22):4189-4215. View abstract
  7. Lee DC, Yi SS, Fong HF, Athens JK, Ravenell JE, Sevick MA, Wall SP, Elbel B. Identifying Local Hot Spots of Pediatric Chronic Diseases Using Emergency Department Surveillance. Acad Pediatr. 2017 04; 17(3):267-274. View abstract
  8. Fong H, French B, Rubin D, Wood JN. Mental health services for children and caregivers remaining at home after suspected maltreatment. Child Youth Serv Rev. 2015; 58:50-59. View abstract
  9. Fong HF, Bennett CE, Mondestin V, Scribano PV, Mollen C, Wood JN. Caregiver perceptions about mental health services after child sexual abuse. Child Abuse Negl. 2016 Jan; 51:284-94. View abstract
  10. Fong HF, Muller AA. An unexpected clinical course in a 29-day-old infant with ethanol exposure. Pediatr Emerg Care. 2014 Feb; 30(2):111-3. View abstract
  11. Fong H. Telemedicine. In: Garber S, Gates SM, Keeler EB, Vaiana ME, Mulcahy AW, Lau C, Kellermann AL, ed. Redirecting Innovation in U.S. Health Care: Options to Decrease Spending and Increase Value, Case Studies. 2014; 109-119. View abstract
  12. Fong HF, Christian CW. Child neglect: a review for the primary care pediatrician. Pediatr Ann. 2012 Dec 06; 41(12):e1-5. View abstract
  13. Fong H, Christian CW. Clin Pediatr Emerg Med. Evaluating sexually transmitted infections in sexually abused children: New techniques to identify old infections. 2012; 13:202-212. View abstract
  14. Fong HF, Divasta AD, Difabio D, Ringelheim J, Jonas MM, Gordon CM. Prevalence and predictors of abnormal liver enzymes in young women with anorexia nervosa. J Pediatr. 2008 Aug; 153(2):247-53. View abstract
  15. Akbarian S, Rios M, Liu RJ, Gold SJ, Fong HF, Zeiler S, Coppola V, Tessarollo L, Jones KR, Nestler EJ, Aghajanian GK, Jaenisch R. Brain-derived neurotrophic factor is essential for opiate-induced plasticity of noradrenergic neurons. J Neurosci. 2002 May 15; 22(10):4153-62. View abstract
  16. Akbarian S, Chen RZ, Gribnau J, Rasmussen TP, Fong H, Jaenisch R, Jones EG. Expression pattern of the Rett syndrome gene MeCP2 in primate prefrontal cortex. Neurobiol Dis. 2001 Oct; 8(5):784-91. View abstract