Steven Abrams, MD

Director of Dell Pediatric Research Institute, Professor of Pediatrics

1987 …2019
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Research Interests

Research is focused on the mineral requirements of children of all ages, particularly calcium, zinc and iron metabolism.


Dr. Steven Abrams is the Director of the Dell Pediatric Research Institute and a professor of Pediatrics at the Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. He is a neonatologist and came to the Dell Medical School from Texas Children's Hospital in Houston. He was also a professor of pediatrics, director of the fellowship program in neonatal-perinatal medicine, and medical director of the Neonatal Nutrition Program at Baylor College of Medicine.

A graduate of The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he studied medicine at The Ohio State University College of Medicine and was a pediatric resident at Akron Children's Hospital. He also had fellowships at the National Institutes of Health in nutritional research and Baylor in neonatology and in nutrition.

Clinically, his interests are in the growth of preterm infants and the use of specialized nutritional practices, including omega-3 fatty acids in the care of infants who have problems with intestinal function. He believes that achieving adequate growth safely in high-risk infants is a key aspect of neonatal care, and a multi-disciplinary approach is vital to meeting this goal.

Abrams is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics, including its Committee on Nutrition, and the Society for Pediatric Research. He is also an executive committee member of the American Society for Nutrition's Medical Nutrition Council, and a former associate editor of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. He is a member of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee 2015, which advises the government on food programs.

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Research Output 1987 2019

Using stable isotope tracers to study bone metabolism in children

O'Brien, K. O. & Abrams, S., Mar 1 2019, In : Journal of Physiology. 597, 5, p. 1311-1319 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Vitamin D

Global prevalence and disease burden of vitamin D deficiency: a roadmap for action in low- and middle-income countries

Roth, D. E., Abrams, S., Aloia, J., Bergeron, G., Bourassa, M. W., Brown, K. H., Calvo, M. S., Cashman, K. D., Combs, G., De-Regil, L. M., Jefferds, M. E., Jones, K. S., Kapner, H., Martineau, A. R., Neufeld, L. M., Schleicher, R. L., Thacher, T. D. & Whiting, S. J., Jan 1 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Fortified Food
Vitamin D Deficiency
Nutrition Surveys

Iron absorption from beans with different contents of iron, evaluated by stable isotopes

Junqueira-Franco, M. V. M., Dutra de Oliveira, J. E., Nutti, M. R., Pereira, H. S., Carvalho, J. L. V. D., Abrams, S., Brandão, C. F. C. & Marchini, J. S., Jun 1 2018, In : Clinical Nutrition ESPEN. 25, p. 121-125 5 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Biological Availability
Mefenamic Acid
Open Access
Small for Gestational Age Infant
Human Milk
Gestational Age

Vitamin D supplementation for term breastfed infants to prevent vitamin D deficiency and improve bone health

Tan, M. L., Abrams, S. & Osborn, D. A., Jun 7 2018, In : Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. 2018, 6, CD013046.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Open Access
Vitamin D Deficiency
Vitamin D
Bone and Bones
Bone Development