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Donna Ferriero, M.D.

Pediatric neurologist

Dr. Donna M. Ferriero, a pediatric neurologist, is chair of Pediatrics and physician-in-chief of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. She is the former chief of Pediatric Neurology and an expert in epilepsy, neuromuscular disease, developmental disabilities and cancer as well as the care of newborns and children with neurological disabilities. She also is the director of the Neonatal Brain Disorders Center at UCSF, funded by the National Institute of Neurological Diseases and Stroke.

Ferriero is a professor of neurology and pediatrics and a member of the graduate program in biomedical sciences. She earned a medical degree at UCSF and completed child neurology training and a postdoctoral research fellowship at UCSF before joining the UCSF faculty in 1987. She has been honored at UCSF with the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Academic Senate, Chancellor's Award for the Advancement of Women and Sidney Carter Award from the American Academy of Neurology for excellence in child neurology. In 2010, Ferriero was appointed to the National Neurological Disorders and Stroke Advisory Council.


Neuro-Intensive Care Nursery
505 Parnassus Ave., 15th floor
San Francisco, CA 94143
Phone: (415) 353-1565

Conditions & Treatments

  • Hypoxic-Ischemic Encephalopathy
  • Neonatal Seizures
  • Neonatal Stroke

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UCSF School of Medicine 1979


Mass General, Pediatrics 1982


UCSF Medical Center, Child Neurology 1985

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Ziv E, Tymofiyeva O, Ferriero DM, Barkovich AJ, Hess CP, Xu D. A machine learning approach to automated structural network analysis: application to neonatal encephalopathy. PLoS One. 2013; 8(11):e78824.
  2. Chen CY, Noble-Haeusslein LJ, Ferriero D, Semple BD. Traumatic injury to the immature frontal lobe: a new murine model of long-term motor impairment in the absence of psychosocial or cognitive deficits. Dev Neurosci. 2013; 35:474-90.
  3. Johnston SC, Ferriero DM, Josephson SA, Lowenstein DH, Messing RO, Oksenberg J, Stewart A, Hauser SL. Have the Annals editors added value? Ann Neurol. 2013 Nov; 74(5):A7-9.
  4. Liu J, Sheldon RA, Segal MR, Kelly MJ, Pelton JG, Ferriero DM, James TL, Litt L. 1H nuclear magnetic resonance brain metabolomics in neonatal mice after hypoxia-ischemia distinguished normothermic recovery from mild hypothermia recoveries. Pediatr Res. 2013 Aug; 74(2):170-9.
  5. Tymofiyeva O, Hess CP, Ziv E, Lee PN, Glass HC, Ferriero DM, Barkovich AJ, Xu D. A DTI-based template-free cortical connectome study of brain maturation. PLoS One. 2013; 8(5):e63310.
  6. Semple BD, Blomgren K, Gimlin K, Ferriero DM, Noble-Haeusslein LJ. Brain development in rodents and humans: Identifying benchmarks of maturation and vulnerability to injury across species. Prog Neurobiol. 2013 Jul-Aug; 106-107:1-16.
  7. Dzietko M, Derugin N, Wendland MF, Vexler ZS, Ferriero DM. Delayed VEGF treatment enhances angiogenesis and recovery after neonatal focal rodent stroke. Transl Stroke Res. 2013 Apr; 4(2):189-200.
  8. van Velthoven CT, Sheldon RA, Kavelaars A, Derugin N, Vexler ZS, Willemen HL, Maas M, Heijnen CJ, Ferriero DM. Mesenchymal stem cell transplantation attenuates brain injury after neonatal stroke. Stroke. 2013 May; 44(5):1426-32.
  9. Pathipati P, Müller S, Jiang X, Ferriero D. Phenotype and secretory responses to oxidative stress in microglia. Dev Neurosci. 2013; 35(2-3):241-54.
  10. Zhao J, Qu Y, Wu J, Cao M, Ferriero DM, Zhang L, Mu D. PTEN inhibition prevents rat cortical neuron injury after hypoxia-ischemia. Neuroscience. 2013 May 15; 238:242-51.
  11. Gonzalez FF, Larpthaveesarp A, McQuillen P, Derugin N, Wendland M, Spadafora R, Ferriero DM. Erythropoietin increases neurogenesis and oligodendrogliosis of subventricular zone precursor cells after neonatal stroke. Stroke. 2013 Mar; 44(3):753-8.
  12. Nash KB, Josephson SA, Sun K, Ferriero DM. Should there be pediatric neurohospitalists? Neurology. 2013 Mar 5; 80(10):957-62.
  13. Miller SP, Ferriero DM. Paediatric neurology: improved care of the developing brain. Lancet Neurol. 2013 Jan; 12(1):16-8.
  14. Knox R, Zhao C, Miguel-Perez D, Wang S, Yuan J, Ferriero D, Jiang X. Enhanced NMDA receptor tyrosine phosphorylation and increased brain injury following neonatal hypoxia-ischemia in mice with neuronal Fyn overexpression. Neurobiol Dis. 2013 Mar; 51:113-9.
  15. Fang AY, Gonzalez FF, Sheldon RA, Ferriero DM. Effects of combination therapy using hypothermia and erythropoietin in a rat model of neonatal hypoxia-ischemia. Pediatr Res. 2013 Jan; 73(1):12-7.
  16. Wu YW, Bauer LA, Ballard RA, Ferriero DM, Glidden DV, Mayock DE, Chang T, Durand DJ, Song D, Bonifacio SL, Gonzalez FF, Glass HC, Juul SE. Erythropoietin for neuroprotection in neonatal encephalopathy: safety and pharmacokinetics. Pediatrics. 2012 Oct; 130(4):683-91.
  17. Autheman D, Sheldon RA, Chaudhuri N, von Arx S, Siegenthaler C, Ferriero DM, Christen S. Glutathione peroxidase overexpression causes aberrant ERK activation in neonatal mouse cortex after hypoxic preconditioning. Pediatr Res. 2012 Dec; 72(6):568-75.
  18. Bonifacio SL, Saporta A, Glass HC, Lee P, Glidden DV, Ferriero DM, Barkovich AJ, Xu D. Therapeutic hypothermia for neonatal encephalopathy results in improved microstructure and metabolism in the deep gray nuclei. AJNR Am J Neuroradiol. 2012 Dec; 33(11):2050-5.
  19. Xiong T, Tang J, Zhao J, Chen H, Zhao F, Li J, Qu Y, Ferriero D, Mu D. Involvement of the Akt/GSK-3ß/CRMP-2 pathway in axonal injury after hypoxic-ischemic brain damage in neonatal rat. Neuroscience. 2012 Aug 2; 216:123-32.
  20. Biran V, Verney C, Ferriero DM. Perinatal cerebellar injury in human and animal models. Neurol Res Int. 2012; 2012:858929.

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